Harper announces contract for Miramichi pay centre

Prime MInister Stephen Harper was in Miramichi, New Brunswick Thursday to award the contract for construction of the new Public Service Pay Centre, bringing the community a step closer to the promised 550 jobs.

In the announcement Thursday, Harper did not say which company or companies were awarded the contract

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Miramichi today to award the contract for the construction of the previously announced Public Service Pay Centre . 2:03

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Miramichi, New Brunswick Thursday to award the contract for construction of the new Public Service Pay Centre, bringing the community a step closer to the promised 550 jobs.

The existing payroll system is 40 years old and consolidating operations at one facility will replace outdated and labour-intensive information systems and save Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars according to the federal government.

The system is expected to be fully implemented 2015-16.

The federal government anticipates it will spend $298 million to set up the new system and it will recoup that investment by 2020.

By December, the Public Service Pay Centre will deliver pay services to 46 departments and agencies.

In the announcement Thursday, Harper did not say which company or companies were awarded the contract to build and lease the three storey building.

The centre fulfills a promise to replace any jobs lost after the Conservative government shut the long-gun registry headquartered in Miramichi.

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