Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories in Manitoba



    WINNIPEG, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, at the RCMP Winnipeg Forensic
Laboratory Site, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and
Minister for Manitoba, announced over $34 million in funding, over the next
two years, to modernize four federal laboratories in Manitoba.
    In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government
committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over
the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the
many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these
facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.
    "This program is modernizing our laboratories and will quickly bring
economic stimulus to this region," said Minister Toews. "This funding will
provide jobs for workers ranging from replacing roofs and fume hoods and
renovating receiving areas to updating systems that control temperature
environments for agriculture research. With this funding, our scientists and
researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments that will
enhance research and development, resulting in even better health and safety
outcomes for Canadians."

    The facilities being modernized in the region are:

    
    - Freshwater Institute (Fisheries and Oceans) - $1,060,000
    - National Microbiology Laboratory (Public Health Agency of Canada) -
      $24,000,000
    - Manitoba Regional Laboratory (Health Canada) - $5,293,000
    - Western Forensic Laboratory - Winnipeg (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
      - $3,993,000


    "RCMP Forensic Laboratory Services are an essential tool for law
enforcement. Supporting the laboratory infrastructure will ensure that we are
able to continue to provide forensic assistance to our policing partners
across Canada", stated Peter Henschel, Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP's
Forensic Science and Identification Services.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

    This news release is available online at: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.


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                                                         May 8, 2009

                       Modernizing Federal Laboratories

    There are about 200 federal laboratories and scientific facilities in
Canada. Activities at these laboratories include research, testing and
regulatory services in areas such as health, safety, security, the economy,
transportation, environmental protection, heritage and culture.
    In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government
committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over
the next two years, to address deferred maintenance at federal laboratories.
    This accelerated investment program is providing needed funds to address
maintenance issues at federal laboratories and will provide economic stimulus
in regions across the country. Service providers will be needed to address
maintenance issues ranging from replacement of roofs, ventilation systems and
boilers, to the updating of electrical systems.
    In addition, the federal science community will benefit from updated
laboratories where health and safety issues have been addressed. The quality
of scientific activities in these laboratories will be enhanced because they
will be better suited to modern scientific practice. This improved science and
technology capacity will contribute to better health and safety outcomes for
Canadians.

    Project selection process

    Federal departments and agencies were invited to submit proposals to the
President of the Treasury Board which were reviewed against criteria set out
in Budget 2009, including:

    - Projects must be completed by March 31, 2011.
    - Projects must addressed maintenance issues in federal laboratories.
    - Laboratories must contribute to core federal regulatory
      responsibilities, advance science and technology capacity and/or
      contribute to enhance the health and safety of Canadians.
    - Projects must provide economic stimulus.


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                                                         May 8, 2009

                  Modernizing Winnipeg Federal Laboratories

    Project
    Freshwater Institute - Code compliance upgrades and preheat coil retrofit
    http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/regions/central/facilities-installations-
    eng.htm#Freshwater_Institute

    Department
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Location
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility
    The Freshwater Institute houses several programs of Fisheries and Oceans
Canada (DFO).  It is a national centre of expertise in aquatic biology and
freshwater and marine fisheries.  In conjunction with the Bayfield Institute
in Burlington, Ontario, the Freshwater Institute serves as a focal point of
scientific research in the Central and Arctic Region and for fishery, fish
habitat and oceans management programs that are operated primarily through
area and district offices.

    Funding amount
    $690,000 in 2009-2010 and $370,000 in 2010-2011.

    Project description
    This project will make improvements to the heating and fire prevention
systems at the Freshwater Institute.

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    MODERNIZING FEDERAL LABORATORIES INITIATIVE
    INDIVIDUAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Project:
    Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health Shipping and
    Receiving Maintenance and Optimization Project

    Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Funding amount:
    $24.2 million over 2 years

    Project description:
    The Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health is a Crown-owned
facility which houses the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) National
Microbiology Laboratory and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease.
    A refit of the shipping and receiving area will strengthen the
government's ability to anticipate, prepare for and respond to threats to
public health.  The refit also supports PHAC and CFIA research into human and
animal infectious diseases to better protect and promote the health of
Canadians.
    The facility requires additional space in its shipping and receiving area
to address current limitations and provide adequate specimen processing
laboratory space for current and future specimen quantities.
    The Project will provide important economic stimulus within Winnipeg,
Manitoba as it will draw on some significant architectural and engineering
expertise in Manitoba, and will offer employment opportunities for trades
people and highly trained technical staff and graduate students.

    Department:        Public Health Agency of Canada
    Relevant Links :   www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

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    Project
    Deferred Laboratory Maintenance Project
    Forensic Science & Identification Services
    Forensic Laboratory
    www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

    Department
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Location
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility
    The Winnipeg Laboratory of Forensic Science and Identification Services is
one of six centres of excellence, with a primary focus on Toxicology, in
addition to a Case Receipt Unit.

    Its services include the following:
    - Administration
    - Case Receipt Unit
    - Crime Scene Liaison Officer
    - Toxicology Services
    - Expert testimony
    - Forensic Identification
    - National Forensic Identification Support Services

    Funding amount

    Total:       $3,993,000
    2009/2010    $ 969,000
    2010/2011    $3,024,000

    Project description
    The Winnipeg Forensic Laboratory is one of six forensic laboratories the
RCMP operates across Canada.  These laboratories require ongoing maintenance
to maintain their operational effectiveness.  Securing funding from the
federal laboratory program will allow the RCMP to address deferred maintenance
at the Winnipeg Forensic Laboratory sooner than otherwise possible. This work
will include replacing fume hoods and equipment to provide adequate space
cooling.

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    Project
    Health Canada' s Manitoba Regional Laboratory - Deferred Lab Maintenance
    Project

    Department
    Health Canada

    Location
    510 Lagimodière, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility

    The Manitoba Regional Laboratory provides laboratory space for:

    - The Drug Analytical Services: which does forensic drug analyses for
      municipal, provincial and federal police agencies in Manitoba,
      Saskatchewan, Alberta, Northern Territories and Atlantic Canada.
    - The Food Laboratory program: which tests and analyses food and
      nutrition and contributes to consumer protection by analysing food
      products for chemical contaminants, natural toxins, pesticides and
      trans-fat to support regulatory programs.
    

    The facility also provides office support for regional Health Canada
programs including: Canada Vigilance, Health Products and Food Program
Inspectorate, Food Liaison Program, Consumer & Public Involvement Program,
Tobacco Control Program, Consumer Product Safety Program, Safe Environments
Program, Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Program management and Corporate
services.

    Funding amount
    $5,293,000

    Project description
    The Manitoba Regional Laboratory is almost 24 years old with a number of
elements that need major repair.

    Completing the Manitoba Regional Laboratory project will ensure ongoing
operational support space for the Food laboratory, which conducts testing in
the areas of food chemistry and nutrition, contributing essential consumer
protection services.




For further information:

For further information: Felicia Wasylowski, Regional Communications
Advisor, Office of the President of the Treasury Board, Ministerial Regional
Office, (204) 983-7096; Sgt. Line Karpish, Media Relations Officer, RCMP "D"
Division, (204) 983-8497; TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing
impaired), (613) 957-9090


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