Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC), Moncton, New Brunswick.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is proposing to construct an Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC) at the site of the existing Gulf Fisheries Center (GFC) in Moncton, New Brunswick. The proposed project is a keystone project in the renewal of federal science infrastructure, under the Laboratories Canada strategy of PSPC, which will create a multi-disciplinary research and science facility and address functional limitations of the existing GFC building and site.

The completed ASEC building will consist of multiple levels, and include laboratory facilities, office space, public areas, an underground parking facility, and shipping and receiving areas. New site landscaping will also be included. 

The final ASEC building footprint will comprise an approximate 95% increase over the existing GFC building footprint. The building footprint will be limited to the existing GFC building property. Preliminary site preparation work may also be carried out on adjacent properties not owned by the Government of Canada.

Construction will be conducted in two major phases to allow for continued use of the existing GFC building prior to deconstruction and subsequent full construction of the new ASEC building. Phase 1 of construction will include a new science annex to the north of the existing building. Following this, Phase 2 will include the deconstruction of the existing GFC building and the construction of the remainder of the ASEC facility and site work.

Minor enabling works are expected to begin in November 2022, followed by phased construction and deconstruction activities, culminating in 2031.Construction activities include the following:

  • Site preparation (e.g., site work including removal of asphalt/concrete and landscaping materials, earthwork, paving, relocation of utilities, and installation of hoarding fencing and temporary facilities);
  • Construction of the ASEC building, in phases, including excavation, installation of building foundations, erection of building structure (including an underground parking structure), installation of exterior and interior finishes, mechanical, electrical systems and all furniture and equipment;
  • Deconstruction of the existing GFC building (including disposal of demolition waste), construction of  access road(s) / ramp(s) (partially on non-federal property) that will provide access to Vitalité Heath Network's parking lots for Vitalité Health Network staff; and
  • Final site work including asphalt paving, landscaping and site clean-up.

No mapped sensitive ecological habitat (e.g. wetlands) exist within the Project footprint or surrounding area. The surrounding lands are comprised of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and associated parking facilities (part of the Vitalité Health Network and/or Government of New Brunswick lands), Université de Moncton, Route 15 Highway, and a residential neighborhood. A strategy has been developed to commemorate the sociocultural significance and memory of the GFC.


Latest update

Notice of Determination

November 10, 2022 – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has issued its Notice of Determination after an environmental evaluation of the project Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre (ASEC), Moncton, New Brunswick. and has determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measures as outlined in the evaluation and can therefore proceed.



Public Services and Procurement Canada
John Appleby, Project Manager
1713 Bedford Row
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1T3
Telephone: 902-440-0434

  • Location

    • The existing Gulf Fisheries Center and lands are located at 343 Université Avenue in the City of Moncton, New Brunswick (New Brunswick)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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