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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 17, 2013 12:22 AM PST

Peter Mackay, Minister of National Defense Saturday announced three local investments, including two service contracts and an education program, worth approximately $10 million aimed at supporting activities of military personnel and growing the economy.

The education program announcement is expected to benefit University of Alberta students in Edmonton with a new aerospace training program.

The minister announced that Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors will be contributing $3.7 million to develop the program.

Citing MacKay, a CTV News report said: "It will include the use of Lockheed Martin corporate engineering and project management material until 2017."

Apparently, the donation is part of the deal the government struck with the company in 2007 when the Fed purchased planes from the company.

"These investments are necessary to the management of Canadian Forces Base Edmonton and ensure military infrastructure is upgraded in a timely manner," Peter Mackay said, referring to the Edmonton based military investment.

"Our Government continues to improve Canadian Armed Forces infrastructure ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the facilities they need to work and train, but also benefits the local economy" said the minister.

Besides, the minister also announced that Defense Ministry has awarded a $4.6 million contract to Sprague-Rosser Contracting Co. Ltd. to upgrade sanitary and storm sewer systems. And, a $1.28 million contract to Tyco International of Canada Ltd, for inspection, testing and maintenance of fixed fire protection systems in the bases at Cold Lake, Suffield and Wainwright.

Minister Mackay said that the investments indicate Canada's commitment to the health and safety of the Canadian armed forces members and civilian personnel working on the bases and wings across the country.

Signaling that the investment will generate new jobs in the locality, the minister pointed out how the federal government remains firmly committed to ensuring that its investments in defense also translate into investments in Canadian jobs.

"The Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy or IRB Policy is a key tool to ensure that government defense procurement translates into high-quality, long-term business opportunities for Canadian firms," the minister said in a press release Saturday.

According to the minister, the defense ministry has announced the contracts after conducting an open, fair and transparent competition where a number of firms took part. 

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