Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra Announces $3.9 Million Investment for St. Catharines Armoury

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO –  Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced a significant $3.9 million investment for numerous upgrades at the Lake Street Armoury. This investment will also support job creation and economic growth in the St. Catharines area.

Investments at the Lake Street Armoury will include numerous upgrades, including the installation of new building ventilation, a new sprinkler system, new boiler and heating systems, roofing repairs, and more. The upgrades will ensure that the Lake Street Armoury remains best positioned to provide a modern and safe environment for the men and women who train there.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • Over the next two years, $135 million will be invested in projects involving repairs to roofs, siding, plumbing, and heating and ventilation systems at Armouries across Canada. By completing this work, DND will ultimately improve the efficiency and reduce maintenance costs at these facilities.
  • The Government estimates that accelerated investments will also support the creation of over 10 000 jobs in communities across Canada, including the St.Catharines area, by the end of 2016.

“For over 100 years, the historic Lake Street Armoury has been a part of the fabric of St.Catharines. I’m thrilled that we are making a significant $3.9 million investment in upgrades to ensure this building remains a fixture in St.Catharines for generations to come. Not only is this investment excellent news for the Regiments who call the Armory home, but it will also boost local job creation and economic growth in St. Catharines.”
Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines

“Investments in such projects directly support our men and women in uniform, and allow them to continue to better train to defend Canada. Such contributions also help boost the local economic prosperity and growth across our country.”
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence

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BACKGROUNDER

Highlights of New Federal Infrastructure Investments in St. Catharines, Ontario

In November 2014, the Government announced an additional $5.8 billion investment (Federal Infrastructure) that will continue to build and renew infrastructure across the country. The majority of this support will be delivered within the next three years. Of this investment, $5.3 billion will go towards modernizing and repairing various infrastructure assets that will provide employment opportunities in communities across Canada and support services to Canadians that in turn contribute to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.

The Department of National Defence (DND) has received $452 million for the repair and upgrade of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) facilities. Revitalized defence infrastructure across Canada will provide the Canadian Armed Forces with the facilities they need to support troops, military families and Reserve forces, as well as to support operations at home and abroad, and to ensure the health and safety of our men and women in uniform. DND has identified an opportunity to perform a number of improvements at its aging armouries across Canada. Over the next two years, $135 million will be invested in projects involving repairs to roofs, siding, plumbing, and heating and ventilation systems.

The Lake Street Armoury and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment

The Lake Street Armoury was constructed in the early 1900’s, and is centrally located in St. Catharines, Ontario. It is home to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, an infantry regiment with history that can be traced back to the fall of 1777. The Armoury also houses the 10th Battery and the 56th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

The Lincoln and Welland Regiment is an infantry regiment in St Catharines and Welland. As the Army’s primary war-fighters and the core of the combat arms team, infantry soldiers are responsible for closing with and destroying the enemy. Supported by the artillery, regiments of armour and the combat engineers, infantry soldiers are capable of operating anywhere in the world in any environment – arctic tundra, mountains, jungle or desert – and in any combination of arms, including airmobile and amphibious operations.