Canada's New Government to expand CBSA training facility in Rigaud



    RIGAUD, QC, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day,
Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region
of Montréal, today announced plans to expand the Canada Border Services
Agency's (CBSA) Learning Centre in Rigaud, Quebec, with an investment of
$50 million.
    The renovations, which will be implemented over three years, will allow
the Centre to train approximately 220 more new recruits each year and to
operate the new CBSA firearms training program. The renovations include a new
indoor firing range, a multi-purpose building and expanded residential
capacity.
    "CBSA officers help to ensure the safety and prosperity of Canadians by
keeping our border secure, which is why Canada's New Government is proudly
investing in new training programs and facilities," said Minister Day. "With
this expansion, the Rigaud facility will play an even greater role in training
and qualifying officers, including offering the new firearms training."
    This project is a key component of the $101 million initiative announced
by Canada's New Government in Budget 2006 to begin arming CBSA officers and
eliminating work-alone situations. The expansion will allow the CBSA to
incorporate firearms training into its Port of Entry Recruit Training program
at the Centre.
    The CBSA Learning Centre is the Agency's national training facility, and
it currently employs some 260 employees and contractors. Some 850 new recruits
are expected to be trained per year once the renovations are complete, up from
the 630 new recruits currently being trained annually.
    "The CBSA Learning Centre is a major local employer, and the expansion
project will bring even more benefits to the local community," said Minister
Fortier. "I am pleased that Canada's New Government has invested in this
region's future prosperity and in Canada's border security."

    The CBSA is responsible for facilitating the access of people and goods
to and from Canada, and for providing integrated border services that support
national security and public safety priorities.

    For more information, please visit the CBSA's Web Site at
www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Mélisa Leclerc, Director of
Communications, Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public
Safety, (613) 991-2863


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