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Canadian Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre milestone. The Government of Canada has reached another milestone for the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC). A bidding process is underway, through requests for proposals, to find architectural and engineering, and construction management services to redevelop the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick. This redevelopment is part of the Laboratories Canada strategy and will turn the ASEC into a leading-edge collaborative research facility.

The ASEC is in fact two construction projects being managed as one by Laboratories Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada: a science facility and an office headquarters facility. The ASEC project will modernise and expand the existing heritage structure to facilitate collaboration. The ASEC hub will be a leading edge facility to undertake science focused on improving sustainability of Atlantic fresh and saltwater resources and monitoring and protecting the health of coastal ecosystems of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean regions.

The construction work is anticipated to begin in 2022 with site preparation and more extensive work beginning in 2023. All project phases are expected to be finalised by 2030. In Atlantic Canada, this is the largest federal financial investment since the construction of the Confederation Bridge.

Once completed, the ASEC will house teams from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change Canada; the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; and the National Research Council of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency will also be a virtual partner.

Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard , said:

“I’m so excited to see this milestone in the redevelopment of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre, part of the whole-of-government Laboratories Canada Initiative, a 25-year transformative initiative to renewing federal science and technology laboratories. This project will bring together some of the best minds to conduct critical scientific research and harness innovative technology. The work that will happen here will greatly improve our knowledge of Canada’s marine environments and enable us to grow us a stronger, more sustainable Blue Economy for Canadians.”

 Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, said:

“The Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre is a significant addition to the Gulf Region and to Atlantic Canada. I am proud to see our region continue to prosper and I’m excited to see science innovation continue to grow as we work collaboratively with partners to ensure science expertise remains in the region.”