The Canadian Armed Forces will be receiving four new highway cruiser buses for transportation of personnel thanks to a $2.2-million contract with Winnipeg's Motor Coach Industries announced today by the Canadian government.
Included in the contract is an option for another six buses.
The buses will be built at the Winnipeg facility which employs 900 people.
"We are so excited to be able to provide a product that makes our troops' lives more comfortable and safer as they travel," said Bryan Couch, MCI vice-president and general manager of operations.
"Our coaches are renowned for having the best safety record in the industry and I think it is very fitting that a Canadian-made product is transporting our troops across the country."
Two of the new buses, which each seat 55 individuals, will replace older buses at Shilo and Wainwright, Alberta. The other two will be used at bases in Kingston and Meaford in Ontario.
CAF personnel will use the buses for transportation in day-to-day training for domestic and operational commitments and long-distance travel of troops.
MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) made the announcement at the Motor Coach Industries' Coach Delivery Centre in Winnipeg.