MIRAMICHI, New Brunswick, January 25 – CBC News
Tilly Oâ€™Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced today an important milestone in the establishment of the Pay Centre of Expertise. The Government of Canada is launching a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the availability of land for sale in the city of Miramichi, New Brunswick.
â€śThe Harper Government continues to move forward with the transformation of its pay administration and the establishment of the Government of Canada Pay Centre of Expertise in the city of Miramichi,â€ť said MP Oâ€™Neill-Gordon. â€śThis Request for Information being launched today not only confirms the Government of Canadaâ€™s commitment to consolidate pay services, but also our commitment to create hundreds of jobs in the city of Miramichi.â€ť
At this time, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is seeking information for the possible purchase of land located in Miramichi for the proposed building that will house the Centreâ€™s full staff complement of 550 employees. A notice for the RFI has just been posted on the Governmentâ€™s Electronic Tendering Service, MERXTM. Following the RFI, respondents will be contacted and prospective sites will be screened and evaluated by PWGSC by April 2012.
The establishment of the Pay Centre of Expertise will result in the creation of 550 jobs in Miramichi. The Centre is expected to reach its full staff complement by 2015-16, with the first 146 employees being hired in the coming months. This first group of employees will commence work in interim leased office space located in the Miramichi Mall in spring 2012.