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July 17, 2015

NANISIVIK, Nunavut — The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, participated in the official ground-breaking for construction of the Nanisivik Naval Facility.

Following the preparation work for the site conducted in 2014, the ground-breaking marked the beginning of the construction phase in Arctic Bay, Nunavut. Located along the north shores of Baffin Island, just south of the Northwest Passage, this landmark facility will provide support to the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as other Government vessels in the Arctic, to further protect Canadian sovereignty and interests in the north.

As the activity in the Arctic by countries such as Russia has increased, the Canadian Armed Forces play a vital role in demonstrating a visible Canadian presence, helping other government agencies respond to challenges that may arise, and protecting the potentially resource-rich region. The Nanisivik Naval Facility will ensure that the Canadian Armed Forces continue to have the capacity to exercise control over Canada’s air and maritime approaches in the region.

In preparation for this significant project, the Department of National Defence has gained a substantial amount of knowledge about construction in the high Arctic, a region which poses challenges unlike any other.

Quick Facts

  • The Nanisivik Naval Facility will operate as a docking and refuelling facility for the Royal Canadian Navy, and other Government vessels. This project will involve the construction of several structures, including new fuel storage tanks, buildings and other supporting infrastructure, as well as repairs to an existing deep water port.  
  • Built in 1973, the wharf has continually supported local commercial businesses, as well as the needs of the nearby Hamlet of Arctic Bay. Repair work to the facility is required to ensure that it continues to meet operational requirements. It is forecasted that the Nanisivik Naval Facility will be operational in 2018.
  • In June 2014, a construction contract was awarded to Almiq Contracting ltd of Iqaluit. This contract represents an investment of approximately $55.8 million, and is expected to generate approximately 50 to 60 job opportunities.

Quotes

“The Nanisivik Naval Facility will allow the Royal Canadian Navy to maintain its presence in Arctic waters, helping to ensure the preservation of Arctic sovereignty. Working alongside Inuit, First Nations, territorial governments, and industry, the government will continue to further the security and prosperity of Canada's north for present and future generations."

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence

“Not only will the Nanisivik Naval Facility better support Canada’s ability to exercise our sovereign rights in the Arctic, but it also further underlines our Government’s strong commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity in Canada's North.”

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Minister of Environment

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Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, met with Canadian Rangers

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, participated in the official ground-breaking for construction of the Nanisivik Naval Facility on 15 July 2015.

Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, met with Canadian Rangers

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, participated in the official ground-breaking for construction of the Nanisivik Naval Facility on 15 July 2015.


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