The Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan, and Jean Rioux, member of parliament for Saint-Jean, highlighted the start of construction of a new sports centre at the Saint-Jean Garrison on July 5, 2019.
Valued at $47.4 million, the project is expected to create 200 jobs during the construction period and will provide economic development opportunities for local businesses.
The project includes the construction of a modern 10,200-m² sports centre, as well as renovations to existing facilities, to support the physical fitness and mental health of Canadian Armed Forces recruits and Garrison personnel.
“This project is a great investment in the Saint-Jean Garrison and the surrounding community. I am proud that we are helping provide good, middle-class jobs to the region and environmentally efficient infrastructure for our recruits,” Member of Parliament for Saint-Jean Jean Rioux
When the facility is completed, it will replace existing fitness facilities and better support the physical training requirements of an increasing number of recruits in the area.
The new Saint-Jean Garrison sports centre will also be designed to meet LEED Silver Standards, including electric car charging stations, smart meters to optimize water and energy consumption and reflective roofing to lower the urban heat island effect.
“By ensuring Canadian Armed Forces members have green, modern facilities in which they can train well into the future, we are continuing to support the growth of Canada’s military. Infrastructure projects like this are critical investments in the future of a strong and engaged Canadian Armed Forces, and this sports centre will ensure that our new recruits are well trained for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Harjit S. Sajjan.
The CAF is estimating and providing for an increase of 3,500 Regular Force members bringing the total count to more than 70,000 members, 27,000 of those enrolled in the last five years.
The centre is expected to be completed by summer of 2021.