Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, highlighted today the commencement of construction of a new research facility to modernize the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Centre in Valcartier, Que. 

EBC Inc. of Québec City was awarded the $144-million construction contract that will provide scientists with the modern, functional, and green facilities they need to continue cutting-edge defence research into the future.

“This major investment in scientific and military research is excellent news for the economy of our region,” said Duclos. “In 2020, we know that we must rely on knowledge to ensure our future prosperity and this project fits perfectly into this logic. Our government is proud to support our armed forces while contributing to the development of the regional economy and the creation of high-quality and well-paying jobs.”

The construction that will be done under this contract is just phase one of a three-phase project to upgrade the DRDC Valcartier Research Centre at a total cost of $272-million. The first phase includes the construction of a 31,000 sq meter research complex. This complex will house about 80 new multi-disciplinary laboratories, offices, and storage spaces. After its opening, the facility will have about 500 defence scientists from different locations on-site. 

According to a release, by upgrading these research facilities, DRDC personnel will be equipped to continue innovating in the fast-paced research and development environment. Their research includes information systems, tactical surveillance and reconnaissance, weapons systems, and vehicle and personnel protection systems to meet the future science and technology needs of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

“Forward-thinking infrastructure is key to supporting the unique needs of DND’s science and technology community,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence. “Our personnel require access to modern and functional workspaces equipped with the latest innovations to help them develop solutions to meet the CAF’s science and technology challenges. These new facilities will keep the Defence Team on the leading edge of defence research and development into the future.”

Phase one, which was started in October 2020 is expected to finish in 2024. Phase two will begin in fall 2024 and Phase three by 2027.