The Minister of National Defence Bill Blair officially marked the completion of a new $22 million Health Services Centre at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
The new “state-of-the-art” centre consolidates all medical, dental and mental health services at the Wing in one location. The centre replaces the old centre, which was built in the 1960s.
Minister’s Top Priorities
“One of my top priorities as Minister is to support the health and wellbeing of Canadian Armed Forces members. The completion of this new, modern Health Services Centre is an important milestone for CFB North Bay – and will ensure that our personnel receive timely and high-quality medical care. We will continue to make investments in Defence infrastructure to increase our readiness and support our military personnel,” said Bill Blair, minister of national defence in a statement.
The press release noted that 22 Wing had outgrown the old centre, given North Bay’s increasing number of CAF personnel.
This project complements 22 Wing’s family medical clinic as the clinic, one of the first of its kind in Canada, will continue to provide healthcare services for the families of our CAF members, noted the press release.
“Previously, 22 Wing North Bay’s aging health services facilities were located at several locations throughout the base, limiting easy access to a wide range of medical services needed by our personnel. Now in one location, this modern medical facility will provide care by civilian and military doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical technicians, mental health professionals, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, and administrative staff,” noted the press release.
This project complements 22 Wing’s family medical clinic, as the clinic, one of the first of its kind in Canada, will continue to provide healthcare services for the families of our CAF members, noted the press release
13 Health Services Centre Projects
Over the past several years, the Department of National Defence has invested in 13 health services centre projects. Nine are complete, two (Gagetown and Valcartier) are in construction, and two (Halifax and Bagotville) are in development. The 13 health service centres represent a total investment of approximately $585 million.
The press release noted that the 22 Wing project sustained approximately 50 jobs during construction, and the centre was built to LEED Silver standards.
The project contributed to the federal government’s target of being carbon neutral by 2050. The defence department has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and non-military vehicles by 35.9 per cent across Canada, compared with 2005 levels.