Established in 1929, CFB Trenton has traditionally been an air base, home to the 8 Wing unit, and it is one of Canada’s primary launching sites for military missions abroad.
The base is now undergoing a major expansion that will add the Land Advanced Warfare Centre (a multi-functional training and administrative campus), as well as new hangers and runways to accommodate additional aircraft, and a new fire hall. It will also see the relocation of the elite Joint Task Force 2 to the base, and the addition of a hazardous material transfer facility, among other construction and reconstruction components. Substantial upgrades to the natural gas service and an expansion of the electrical service are underway. The project involves acquiring an additional 401 hectares of land—a move that has been controversial as it involves expropriating neighbouring farms, some more than 200 years old.
The 10-year expansion program has already begun construction, with several components already complete. In 2016, Hangar 2 obtained LEED Gold certification. The project continues and is expected to be finalized by 2022.
At CFB Trenton, substantial upgrades to the natural gas service, expansion of the electrical service, and construction of the Land Advanced Warfare Centre, hazardous materials transfer facility and fire hall is all complete. Work on new hangars and runways is ongoing.