Edmonton Military Relocation Realtor
CFB Edmonton ( Garrison Edmonton ) is currently the headquarters of 3rd Canadian Division, the highest military authority in western Canada, and a number of brigade groups, including 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the only Regular Force brigade group in the region. The base is situated at Steele Barracks just outside the city. The area formerly known as CFB Griesbach within the city itself is no longer operational, all buildings and land were sold and are no longer crown assets.
The base as a collective is an important part of the community surrounding Edmonton and is home to some of the most prestigious and experienced units in the Canadian Military. The Edmonton Garrison, formally known as the “Steele Barracks” offers plenty of recreational facilities as well including an awesome fitness centre with a cardio/weight room, an Aquatics Centre, 4 squash courts, basketball, volleyball & 6 Badminton courts. There are 2 NHL sized hockey rinks, a golf & curling club and plenty of outdoor facilities including 30 km of running trails. There is also both an Officers & Junior Rank’s Mess, vehicle wash bays and a post office.
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How to register with BGRS
Brookfield Global Relocation Services (BGRS) offer services once official authorization from your employer has been received and you have your posting message. Answers to specific questions regarding benefits and entitlements are based on the information contained in that authorization.
Once you receive your posting message, proceed to www.irp-pri.com and pre-register, keeping in mind it may take up to 5 days for your employer to download your file to BGRS. You will need a copy of your posting message to pre-register. If you are a release member please note that you are required to contact the release section in order to commence the process of establishing your final relocation prior to contacting BGRS.
Once you have received your User ID and password, finish the registration process by filling in the information required on your secure website, accessible at www.irp-pri.com. On successful registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you and will contain a list of required documents that need to be provided to BGRS prior to your 1st Planning Session, and a BGRS Advisor will be assigned and contact you within two business days to discuss your relocation intentions.
Do I have to use participating in third-party service providers?
Participating Third Party Service Providers (TPSP) are suppliers who provide specialized services in accordance with the CFIRP program. TPSPs are real estate appraisers, home inspectors, rental search agents, realtors and lawyers/notaries. The “Open Broker” policy of the IRP gives you the freedom to select any TPSP regardless if they are on the directory. TPSP fee reimbursement is subject to capped ceiling rates.
Note: Real Estate commissions are capped at 3.5% in the province of Alberta as opposed to the usual 7%/3%. If you are using a Realtor who is NOT in the TPSP directory, please make them aware of the lesser commission. You do not want to be paying out of pocket. Realtors who deal with military moves are familiar with the commission structure and have already agreed to work with you as per the capped fee amount. Contact a BGRS Approved Realtor here.
History of CFB Edmonton
The history of CFB Edmonton begins at an old airfield called Blatchford Field (named after a former mayor of Edmonton, Kenny Blatchford), a few kilometres south from where CFB Edmonton would eventually be established. The airfield began operating after the First World War and became important to the opening up and development of the Canadian north. During the Second World War Blatchford Field became a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) training station under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. No. 16 Elementary Flying Training School (No. 16 EFTS) and No. 2 Air Observers School (No. 2 AOS) used the aerodrome. The RCAF also ran No. 4 Initial Training School (No. 4 ITS) which was a ground school located at the University of Alberta. No. 16 EFTS closed in 1942 and No. 2 AOS closed in 1944. After No. 2 AOS closed, the station formally became known as RCAF Station Edmonton. Many RCAF squadrons and units were located here, including a survival school and the RCAF Winter Experimental Establishment (WEE). A United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) B-29 bomber detachment also used the station.
During the war the airfield became a staging point for the US defence of Alaska and was heavily used by the US military. Aircraft had to be ferried and transport aircraft used the aerodrome to support the construction of the Alaska Highway. Air traffic increased significantly and flying activities were becoming hazardous. Since the old airfield could not be expanded because of its proximity to the city of Edmonton, the U.S. Government built a new air facility at Namao, about 11 km (6.8 mi) north of the city. The United States Army Corps of Engineers built two runways at the base, 03/21 and 12/30, both 2,100 m (6,890 ft) long and Canada’s longest. The Americans ran the Namao airfield until the end of the war when the Canadian Government took it over. RCAF Station Edmonton, located at the old Blatchford Field, developed some severe limitations and so all RCAF Squadrons and support units were transferred to the “new” RCAF Station Namao on 1 October 1955. Blatchford Field was turned over to the Edmonton municipal government and became a commercial airport.
During the Cold War RCAF Station Namao was used by the United States Strategic Air Command, which constructed a “Nose Dock” capable of servicing the nose and wings of heavy jet bombers and tankers on the south side of the airfield. The station also hosted the Edmonton Rescue Coordination Centre, and served as home base for United Nations Food Aid flights, delivering much-needed aid to Ethiopia, Somalia, and Bosnia. Because Namao at that time had a 4,200-metre (13,780 ft) runway, 12/30, it was a designated an emergency Space Shuttle landing site by NASA.
In 1968, when Canada’s armed forces were amalgamated, RCAF Station Namao was redesignated Canadian Forces Base Edmonton (Lancaster Park) and was under command of the new Air Transport Command and later Air Command.
Federal Government budget cuts forced the command of the air station to be transferred to the Canadian Forces Land Force Command in 1994. CFB Edmonton (Lancaster Park)/18 Wing Edmonton was redesignated CFB Edmonton.
Although both runways are still visible they are no longer in use except for a 45 m × 150 m (148 ft × 492 ft) section of 03/21 used by helicopters. It is one of the few Canadian aerodromes to be given in metres rather than feet.