The federal government today (July 22) announced $1.1 million for renovations at the Brigadier Angle Armoury in Kelowna.
Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan made the announcement by press release on behalf of the MP Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence.
The project includes the installation of a new ventilation system, repairs to the roof and lighting equipment and painting at the facility. The work will be completed over the next two years and will help boost job creation in the Kelowna area.
The Brigadier Angle Armoury is home to the British Columbia Dragoons (BCD), a Primary Reserve Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces based in Kelowna and Vernon. It is part of 39 Canadian Brigade Group and 3rd Canadian Division.
The federal infrastructure investments, announced by Prime Minister Harper in November 2014, will build and renew infrastructure across the country, creating jobs and economic prosperity for local communities.
The Department of National Defence has received $452 million for the repair and upgrade of Canadian Armed Forces facilities.
Over the next two years, $135 million will be invested in projects involving repairs to roofs, siding, plumbing, and heating and ventilation system at Armouries across Canada. By completing this work, DND will ultimately improve the efficiency and reduce maintenance costs at these facilities.
The federal government estimates that accelerated investments will also support the creation of over 10,000 jobs in communities across Canada, like Kelowna, by the end of 2016.
“I’m thrilled to announce this $1.1 million investment for renovations to ensure our armoury remains a source of pride for generations to come. Not only will this investment provide increased support to our men and women in uniform, it will also promote job creation and economic growth in Kelowna.” The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country
“This investment is another example of our Government’s commitment to support the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces through improved and upgraded facilities. Projects like these will ensure our military members can continue to efficiently train and prepare for duty here at home and abroad.” The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence