Collaboration making DCC effective partner for site assessment project

Through a collaborative approach, DCC is providing effective support to Department of National Defence (DND) as it works to obtain a better understanding of potential contaminated sites across Canada.

DND received $16 million in the federal government's Budget 2016, as part of the infrastructure funding, to accelerate assessment of contaminated sites within the DND portfolio. The assessments will help DND determine a list of legacy sites that require remediation. The sites range from lagoons and landfills to abandoned training areas on approximately 50 sites in 18 different locations, both in areas of former military operations and on active bases.

Starting in May 2016, DCC staff in every region began developing statements of work and procuring contractors to carry out the accelerated assessments, explains Maria Drake, Team Leader, Environmental Services, National Capital Region, whose team is coordinating the overall DCC effort. Already, every single one of the accelerated assessment contracts has been awarded, Drake says.

This type of centrally coordinated and regionally implemented project requires regular communications between DCC specialists across the country. Biweekly conference calls help the team track the work on each project and confirm that objectives are being met. “We have a very strong collaborative relationship across all regions,” Drake notes. The teamwork also extends to DCC’s relationship with its DND counterparts and the industry members carrying out the work.

In 2017–18, DCC will employ its full suite of services to not only continue with assessments, but to also put contracts in place to begin remediation work, due to additional anticipated DND funding for this purpose. “Next year is going to be a big delivery year,” Drake says. And, building on the solid foundation established in 2016, “DCC is ready to deliver.”


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