Well-maintained infrastructure and well-supported operations are essential to ensure Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) defence capability and capacity. To support this requirement, the Government of Canada is providing the Royal Canadian Air Force with workplaces and support services that ensure effective Wing operations.
On March 12, Public Services and Procurement Canada awarded a contract to renew 5 Wing Goose Bay’s existing Wing support services and facilities maintenance contract. This 10-year contract is valued at $694 million, and up to $1.5 billion over 20 years if two five-year extension options are exercised. The contract was awarded to Serco Canada Inc. of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and is expected to provide significant economic opportunities for the region, sustaining approximately 250 jobs over 10 years.
Work under this contract will continue to cover a wide range of real property and operational support services. This includes airfield operations support, as well as general maintenance and daily management of buildings, grounds, and infrastructure at the Wing. The CAF and the Department of National Defence (DND) will continue to oversee all aspects of Wing operations, as well as core matters of administration and finance.
DND and the CAF are committed to managing defence infrastructure responsibly, and will continue to ensure personnel have well-kept facilities that enable them to perform the tasks required of them today and into the future.
“Our Defence Team members deserve well-maintained facilities to train and operate effectively. This contract helps guarantee that 5 Wing Goose Bay’s facilities are well-kept and, importantly, that the Wing is well-functioning, so our personnel can continue to carry out the important work that we ask of them. This contract will ensure the success of 5 Wing Goose Bay operations for years to come.”
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
“This contract will ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces members at Goose Bay will have well-maintained infrastructure and operational support to carry out their important work on behalf of Canadians. This investment is expected to create and support local jobs including a portion for Indigenous community.”
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“The Canadian Armed Forces is an integral part of the Goose Bay community and this contract is a great economic opportunity for the region. This important investment in infrastructure supports our military, and will create good jobs and strong economic opportunities for Labrador.”
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador
This contract includes an Indigenous Benefits Plan, which will see $100 million allocated to employment and training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.
These operational support services, as well as the maintenance and operation of the Wing’s facilities, infrastructure and airfield, have been provided by the private sector since 1998.
This partnership with the private sector complements our existing real property workforce, and will not affect the jobs of existing indeterminate DND personnel.
5 Wing Goose Bay supports a wide variety of military operations, including joint training for the Canadian Armed Forces, our Allies and NORAD.