Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, yesterday announced that the Government of Canada plans to invest in modernization of the Esquimalt Graving Dock, the largest deep sea shipbuilding and repair facility on North America’s West Coast.
Joined by representatives from the Esquimalt Graving Dock, Minister Foote highlighted the results of projects totaling over $150 million, including the completion of the waterlot remediation project, which saw the removal of almost 100 years of contamination, the replacement of high- and low-voltage cabling at the south substation and the replacement of the electrical supply on the north landing wharf.
Minister Foote also announced investments of an additional $100 million in modernization projects over the next three years to replace and upgrade the electrical distribution system, to refurbish the dewatering pumps and to reconstruct the south jetty.
“These investments in the Esquimalt Graving Dock highlight our Government’s commitment to the marine sector, to Canada’s West Coast and to the environment. We are creating middle-class jobs, supporting economic growth and First Nations, and ensuring our environment is protected for future generations,” the minister said.
These projects will restore berthing space that was lost during the renovations allowing for greater operational capacity of the Esquimalt Graving Dock.