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Government of Canada update on Economic Action Plan Investments in Newfoundland and Labrador

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Newfoundland and Labrador, October 1, 2009 – The Government of Canada is investing in key infrastructure projects across the country—using the jobs we are creating today to build a lasting legacy of sound infrastructure for the future. Federal National Defence and Atlantic Gateway Minister Peter MacKay today underlined investments of over $1 million for repair and restoration work in federal buildings, and facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Our Government’s top priority is protecting Canada’s economy. Investing in our federal buildings is just one way we are creating opportunities for local businesses here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the country,” said Minister MacKay. “With eighty seven percent of year-one contracts to repair and renovate Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)-owned buildings issued in just six months, this Government is turning our short-term challenges into long-term strengths.”

The Government of Canada, through PWGSC, is investing over $1 million to repair and renovate government facilities, including federal buildings in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Burgeo. Projects include roof replacements, electrical repairs, exterior mortar work, paving and fire protection upgrades. These projects are expected to provide work opportunities for over 5,000 small and medium-sized enterprises across the country.

“This Government is leveraging the most significant infrastructure investment in recent memory to protect the jobs we have while helping those hardest hit get back to work,” added Minister MacKay. “We are staying the course, implementing Canada’s Economic Action Plan to ensure our country comes out of this global recession stronger and better off than when we went in.”

Contracting opportunities are open to all companies and are posted regularly on MERX™, the government’s electronic tendering system. The Government of Canada is investing $12 billion in new infrastructure funding for roads, bridges, broadband Internet access, electronic health records, laboratories and border crossings across Canada.

This news release and a backgrounder on these Economic Action Plan projects are available on PWGSC's Internet site at: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/medias-media/index-eng.html.

For more information on the Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For further information, contact:

Jay Paxton
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway
613-996-3100

Scott Verret
Regional Communications
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Atlantic Region
902-496-5835

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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Backgrounder

Under the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Public Works and Government Services Canada is investing over $1 million for the repair and restoration work in the following federal buildings and facilities across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador:

RCMP “B” Division, 100 East White Hill Rd., St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

PWGSC is replacing the sprinkler heads, the sealant around the aluminium entrance and windows, and the switches with circuit breakers in the substation of this building.

Burgeo Building, Main Road, Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador

PWGSC is modifying the 1st floor hallway to meet egress in this building.

Joseph R. Smallwood Building, 1 Regent Square, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

PWGSC is painting the stairwell and providing safe access to the fire dampers in the penthouse of this building.

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