New Peace Support Training Centre at CFB Kingston: Training for the future

The new Peace Support Training Centre facility at Canadian Forces Base Kingston will accommodate future growth to the pre-deployment training program that prepares CAF members and others for peace support operations around the world.
The new Peace Support Training Centre facility at Canadian Forces Base Kingston will accommodate future growth to the pre-deployment training program that prepares CAF members and others for peace support operations around the world.

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The new Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) facility at Canadian Forces Base Kingston is almost complete.

This summer PSTC users will move into the new facility befitting its role as a centre of excellence for training and leadership. Set up to provide realistic and thorough training, the new facility includes an outdoor mine-awareness training area, a simulated UN observation post, lecture halls and a state-of-the-art radio broadcast and production room.

Students will be able to participate in cultural awareness, psychological operations, combat first aid, battle fitness, and explosive awareness training, and they will be able to train to become military observers. The new facility also incorporates green initiatives that will save energy and promote environmentally sustainable choices. “The new PSTC facility is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Silver certification and features a storm-water retention pond, something new for CFB Kingston, and electric vehicle charging stations,” said Hassan Lashari, Project Manager with the Director Construction Project Delivery team at Assistant Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Environment.

The PSTC provides individual training for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), foreign military personnel, and personnel from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Corrections Canada and Global Affairs. The school was originally opened in 1996, and was formally established as a separate unit in December 2000. By 2013, it had become a world-class facility, and with 60 full-time staff and 1400 students cycling through every year, the PSTC unit had outgrown its original home.

The new facility will accommodate future growth to the pre-deployment training program that prepares CAF members and others for peace support operations around the world.

Under a modified design-build contract, construction began in October 2016, and is currently in its final stages. The new 3962m2, two-storey facility represents a total investment of $20.3 million.

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