Anita Anand

Canada’s support services contract for Canadian Forces Station

eAwaz Local News

Ottawa – Following a fair, open and transparent competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of National Defence, has awarded a $122 million contract (including taxes) to Nasittuq Corporation, from Ottawa, Ontario, to provide support services to CFS Alert in Nunavut for an initial period of eight-and-a-half years.

CFS Alert is a military station located in Nunavut on the north-eastern tip of Ellesmere Island, the northernmost island of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. CFS Alert maintains signals intelligence facilities to support Canadian military operations and plays a key role in projecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. Environment and Climate Change Canada operates a weather station in CFS Alert, though the station is a closed military facility not open to public access or use.

The contract with Nasittuq Corporation covers all site support services for CFS Alert, including accommodations, food services, maintenance and operation of grounds and roads (including runway), power plants, buildings, generators, water and sewage treatment systems, fire alarm systems, fuel storage tanks, and a quarry operation. Nasittuq Corporation will also provide maintenance and extensive repair work of some of the 90 buildings on the station – including 19 major structures.

The services provided through this contract will help provide personnel with well-maintained workplaces that support effective base operations, and the necessary capability to live and work in the Arctic environment.

The Canadian Content Policy and Canada’s obligations under the Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements including the recent Treasury Board of Canada issued Directive on Government Contracts in the Nunavut Settlement Area are being applied to this contract.

“Canadian Forces Station Alert is central to our North American defence systems. As Canada’s northernmost military outpost, the station offers enhanced arctic operational capabilities. This contract with Nasittuq Corporation will strengthen the station’s resources, deliver economic benefits to Inuit and Northern communities, and help protect Canada’s arctic sovereignty.” – Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“Thanks to the Government of Canada’s rigorous procurement process, we are proud to award this contract, which will support the work of the Canadian Armed Forces in the North while reaffirming our commitment to providing meaningful opportunities for Indigenous businesses to succeed and grow.” – Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement