BORDEN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, along with Brigadier-General Matthew Overton, Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, Brigadier-General Louis Meloche, Commander Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG), and Colonel Tammy Harris, Commander Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden turned the soil to start the construction for the new CFRG Headquarters building located at CFB Borden. This ceremony follows Minister MacKay's announcement of the project in September 2009.
"Our Government is committed to providing modern, efficient, and effective infrastructure for our Canadian Forces personnel," said Minister MacKay. "This type of investment in infrastructure will allow the Canadian Forces to maintain a state of readiness that is consistent with the needs of Canadians."
The existing CFRG Headquarters is currently housed in three buildings at CFB Borden, one of which is a trailer that was installed in 2003 as a temporary measure to address a shortage of space. The overall value of this project is estimated at approximately $13.75 million.
"Recruiting capable and enthusiastic men and women for military service is a key activity in building and maintaining a strong Canadian Forces," said Brigadier-General Overton. "Turning the sod to start the construction of the new Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters is an important step in keeping our recruiting process efficient, effective, and ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century."
The CFRG's mission is to support the operational capability of the Canadian Forces by recruiting Canadian citizens to join the Regular Force, and processing applications for the Primary Reserve and the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service.