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Feds pledge $5.9M for Alberta military infrastructure

The federal government is promising $10 million for military upgrades and training programs, including $5.9 million in infrastructure spending, Canada's defence minister announced Saturday.
Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay was in Edmonton to announce $10 million in military programs, including upgrading sewer systems and fire protection equipment. (CBC News)

The federal government is promising $10 million for military upgrades and training programs, including $5.9 million in infrastructure spending, Canada's defence minister announced Saturday.

"We have aging infrastructure in the Canadian forces right across the country," said MacKay, speaking at the Edmonton Garrison.

"It’s part of our on-going effort to modernize Canadian forces facilities across the country."

The bulk of the money is earmarked for infrastructure programs in northern Alberta.

Edmonton-based contractor Sprague-Rosser is receiving a $4.6 million to upgrade sewer systems at the Edmonton Garrison, as well as the installation of a new storm water sewer.

An additional $1.28 million is pledged to test and maintain fire protection systems and equipment  at bases across the province, including Cold Lake and Suffield.

"We are going to continue to prepare our regular force for … whatever challenges may come."

A final $3.7 million is earmarked for the University of Alberta for a training program relating the aerospace industry. MacKay says that money is coming from Lockheed-Martin, part of the a federal program to make companies receiving defence grants re-invest in Canada.

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