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For Immediate Release
August 18, 2014 – Halifax, N.S. – Public Works and Government Services Canada
Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, officially broke ground at the construction site of the new leased office space for the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Tax Services Office in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Government of Canada awarded a $35-million lease contract to Armco Capital Inc., the successful bidder in an open, fair and competitive process. The new building is being constructed in the Bayers Lake Business Park in Halifax, and will accommodate approximately 550 work stations for CRA’s Nova Scotia Tax Services Office.
The new leased office building will better accommodate CRA’s workforce and space requirements and provides best value for Canadians, with approximately $28 million in savings over the long term.
After the move, the CRA’s current downtown Halifax accommodations at the Ralston Building will be available for redevelopment, which will provide a unique opportunity for the community and contribute to the economic development of the Halifax downtown core.
- It is expected that the CRA employees will commence their move to the new building in the fall of 2016.
- A rigorous tendering process was used to award this contract to determine which company could deliver all requirements at the lowest cost, generating the best value for Canadian taxpayers.
- With favourable lease rates outside the downtown core and by reducing CRA’s space requirements by nearly 4,000 m2, significant savings will be achieved through this lease option.
- With a Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold standard for environmental performance, the new office building will demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to greening its operations.
“The Harper Government is committed to obtaining the best possible value when finding accommodations for Government of Canada operations. This relocation will result in savings of approximately $28 million for Canadian taxpayers and will provide a modern and productive work environment for Canada Revenue Agency employees.”
The Honourable Diane Finley
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
“This new facility will better meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s operational needs and will help us improve service delivery for Canadian taxpayers. This is a good plan that offers the best solution to the CRA’s employees and offers best value at the lowest cost.”
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay
Minister of National Revenue
“The Canada Revenue Agency does important work here in Nova Scotia. This new building will not only provide a better working environment for CRA employees in Halifax, but will also contribute to local economic development.”
Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s
Office of the Honourable Diane Finley
Public Works and Government Services Canada
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