447 Results for Infrastructure

The Government of New Brunswick is investing $670 million in bridge restoration and construction around the province over the next five years. “Through our multi-year economic growth plan, we are investing in infrastructure to create jobs and stimulate the economy,” said Brian Gallant, premier of New Brunswick. “Timely investments also…

January 10, 2018 @ 11:12am

The City of Winnipeg is cutting infrastructure spending as part of its new budget. The cut to the infrastructure budget will help minimize the municipal tax increase, slated at just 0.1 per cent. According to a CBC News article, the portion of the city’s capital budget used for infrastructure, and…

November 24, 2017 @ 2:18pm

The Government of New Brunswick will invest $815.3 million in public infrastructure in 2018-19 including a record $12.6 million in tourism infrastructure. New investments total $28.1 million while $787.2 million is earmarked for maintenance and the continuation of previously announced projects. The government will invest in a multi-year approach to…

November 09, 2017 @ 7:59am

With an infrastructure deficit pegged at $30-$40 billion, First Nations communities across Canada are in desperate need of new ways to narrow the gap, including an uptick in the use of P3 projects. In the opening keynote address of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships 25th annual conference, Minister of…

November 06, 2017 @ 9:10am

Deloitte and Enstoa have announced that they have partnered, combining their respective skills and expertise to better address the needs of the growing capital projects and portfolio management (PPM) market in Canada. With the market for PPM solutions expected to exceed $8.5 Billion by 2025, both Deloitte and Enstoa see…

October 23, 2017 @ 8:27am

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced a series of changes to the province’s cabinet, including the appointment of Calgary-North West MLA Sandra Jansen as the new Minister of Infrastructure. “Alberta’s economy is looking up, but there is more work to do – especially in Calgary, where too many skilled people…

October 18, 2017 @ 3:21pm

Municipal water and wastewater services are vital to our health, the economy, and the environment. These networks of infrastructure produce and deliver clean drinking water and remove and treat wastewater. Yet there are hidden problems in many municipalities: Canadians are some of the biggest water users in the world, and…

September 27, 2017 @ 6:28am

The Government of Canada convened the second federal, provincial, and territorial meeting of ministers responsible for infrastructure. Federal minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi and Ontario minister of infrastructure Bob Chiarelli co-hosted the meeting. The ministers began the conversation by sharing some of the initial results from Phase 1…

September 25, 2017 @ 8:59am

With billions of dollars at stake and an Ontario economy in need of productivity-enhancing infrastructure, a new study says that improvements could be made to the evaluation process used by governments to select projects. More than $200 billion has been pledged by the federal government, and the Government of Ontario,…

September 21, 2017 @ 11:55am

The Government of B.C., under the leadership of premier John Horgan, has issued its first budget update stating financial priorities for the months ahead. The Budget Update outlined current public sector infrastructure investment commitments: $2.6 billion for post-secondary institutions around the province to invest in priority projects to build capacity…

September 13, 2017 @ 7:16am

Parsons has announced the appointment of Joanne McCall, senior vice president, to the position of market leader for the Greater Toronto Region. She will immediately assume responsibility for growing business in the region, while she continues her current duties as Parsons’ Civil/Structural Division leader for Canada until a replacement is…

September 06, 2017 @ 7:53am

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has unveiled his shadow cabinet, assigning Michael Chong with the task of watching over the infrastructure portfolio. Chong is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Wellington-Halton Hills, located just west of the Greater Toronto Area. Chong was first elected to the riding in…

August 31, 2017 @ 6:32am

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. These measures include: A commitment of $94.3 million over five years to support safer and more efficient Arctic resupply operations through…

August 28, 2017 @ 7:41am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO), on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation, has released a bid call to ten prequalified contractors to build the new Centre for Excellence in Transportation Infrastructure in North York. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by IO, began in October 2016. This process identified ten…

August 21, 2017 @ 6:30am

One day after Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) president Lynn Dollin recommended a one per cent hike in the HST to help pay for municipal infrastructure, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated that she does not support the idea. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, held this year at the…

August 16, 2017 @ 9:02am

SNC-Lavalin has announced that Chantal Sorel has been appointed executive vice-president, capital, in addition to her current role as managing director, effective immediately. Based in Montreal, she will report to Neil Bruce, president and chief executive officer, and serve as a member of the company’s executive committee. As executive vice-president…

August 08, 2017 @ 7:11am

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of…

August 04, 2017 @ 7:13am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and BC Transit, have announced that a site has been selected for the new BC Transit operations and maintenance facility in the Cowichan Valley. The facility will be located in the Koksilah Industrial Park at the…

August 03, 2017 @ 8:24am

The Government of Manitoba has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to conduct a functional design study to rebuild the south Perimeter Highway. “Our government is committed to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our aging provincial infrastructure,” said Baline Pedersen, minister of infrastructure. “Our goal…

August 02, 2017 @ 6:27am

Lack of proper transportation infrastructure is a major barrier to Canada’s access to market and to its competitiveness, leading to lost opportunities and wasted time for both Canadian companies and residents, says a new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “As Canadians head out on vacation this summer, they…

July 20, 2017 @ 8:52am

Premier John Horgan has officially announced his new cabinet. The new cabinet is made up of 20 ministers and two ministers of state. In addition, six MLAs have been named as parliamentary secretaries. Premier Horgan’s cabinet is the first in B.C. history to achieve gender parity, with 10 women named…

July 20, 2017 @ 8:26am

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $36.75 million in a project at Concordia University. The funding will help the institution provide its students with the training needed for the high-paying middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow. Federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic…

July 12, 2017 @ 7:16am

Construction of the Nanisivik naval refuelling facility is progressing on-time and on-budget. According to an article from CBC News, the project has entered the construction season with expectations that the revised deadline of fall 2018 will be met for the $130-million facility. The Nanisivik Naval Facility, located in Arctic Bay,…

July 10, 2017 @ 6:59am

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi has officially sent letters to his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to provide additional details about the Government of Canada’s long term infrastructure plan and to open negotiations to reach bilateral agreements with each province…

July 06, 2017 @ 9:39am

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), the Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), and the Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) have released a joint-report entitled Weathering the Storms: Municipalities Plead for Stormwater Infrastructure Funding. The organizations partnered to better assess the province’s ability to cope…

July 06, 2017 @ 6:13am

Governments of Canada and Yukon invest in 13 infrastructure projects throughout the territory. Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn announced joint funding of over $26.9 million for 13 projects through the Small Communities Fund. “Along with our Inuit and…

June 29, 2017 @ 10:15am

Metrolinx has released its agenda for the meeting of its board of directors on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. In its report to the board, the Capital Projects Group (CPG) is advancing its growing program projects, including the Regional Express Rail (RER) program, the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT), Finch…

June 26, 2017 @ 12:17pm

The Government of Canada and FCM have announced $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Clark Somerville, announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green…

June 23, 2017 @ 9:53am

The Government of Ontario has announced plan for a new justice facility in Southern Ontario: the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse. The new 21-courtroom facility will offer a broad range of justice, family, social, and victim services, bringing the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice operations in Milton…

June 21, 2017 @ 7:01am

Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians, author Steven Robins suggests that the bank could significantly improve the…

June 21, 2017 @ 6:25am

The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are investing $11.73 million in infrastructure at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). Federal funding is allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability…

June 20, 2017 @ 6:50am

Auditor General Kim MacPherson has tabled her report assessing New Brunswick’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapting to climate change. This report is part of ongoing work on climate change by all auditor’ general across Canada. Emissions in New Brunswick have declined from their peak in 2005…

June 20, 2017 @ 6:29am

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has unveiled his new cabinet, with Lloyd Hines taking over as the new minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal. Hines was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie in 2013, and was re-elected in last month’s general election. Before last month’s…

June 16, 2017 @ 5:36am

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout Saskatchewan. This investment represents combined federal, provincial, and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component…

June 05, 2017 @ 6:31am

Infrastructure projects across Quebec are at a standstill, as over 170,000 construction workers across the province have gone on strike. According to an article from the CBC, the workers have gone since April 30 without a collective agreement. Talks between the unions and employers broke down on May 23, which…

May 25, 2017 @ 8:10am

The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced that 30 new projects in the Region of Peel have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $69 million. The provincial…

May 24, 2017 @ 7:24am

The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is releasing a two stage Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) process this spring to begin investing nearly $300 million in building broadband in Southwestern Ontario. The network will be competitively bid and designed through a multi-stage RFPQ/RFP process. The RFPQ process…

May 15, 2017 @ 6:15am

The Government of Canada has launched open, transparent and merit-based selection processes to identify the Bank’s senior leadership with the goal of having the Canada Infrastructure Bank operational in late 2017, subject to Parliamentary approval. Through these processes, the government will first select a chairperson of the board, followed by…

May 08, 2017 @ 6:45am

Build Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto, has announced Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects, and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team selected from the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood…

May 05, 2017 @ 5:56am

XCG Consulting Ltd. (XCG) has announced that it has sold the XCG Water Group, as well as the XCG Training and Operations unit, to Cole Engineering Group Ltd., an Ontario-based engineering and consulting company. The sale allows XCG to concentrate on growth in its core business areas as well as provide…

May 02, 2017 @ 10:14am

West Village Partners (WVP) has submitted its proposal for a new 72-acre development on a former industrial property in Port Credit, just west of Toronto. In December 2016, WVP was selected by Imperial Oil as the winning bidder through an RFP process to purchase the 72-acre lakefront property and concluded…

May 02, 2017 @ 8:24am

Fengate Real Asset Investments (Fengate) has announced that Michael Boychuk has been appointed chair of Fengate's advisory board, replacing David McFadden who is stepping down as chair after serving twelve years. Mr. Boychuk has been an advisory board member since 2014, closely supporting Fengate's international growth and strategic initiatives, and…

May 02, 2017 @ 7:49am

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have announced close to $35 million in federal-provincial funding for three educational centres on the St. Francis Xavier University campus. "This investment allows StFX University to create an educational hub that aligns innovative health and liberal education programming with our one-of-a-kind Institute of…

May 02, 2017 @ 7:05am

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced support for the construction of the $95.4-million Innovation Centre at Red River College’s Exchange District Campus. RRC will use government and private-sector funding to develop the new Innovation Centre, the first of its kind in Western Canada. The Innovation Centre will attract…

May 01, 2017 @ 6:04am

Ontario’s robust construction activity generated enough excess soil in one year to fill 16 Rogers Centres in Toronto, according to a report released today by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). In the “2017 Update: Quantification of Excess Construction Soils in Ontario,” report author Frank Zechner estimates…

April 28, 2017 @ 7:09am

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire WS Atkins for $3.6 billion. The overall acquisition price is $4.2 billion including the pension deficit. Headquartered in the UK, Atkins is a respected consultancy in design, engineering, and project management, with a leadership position across the…

April 24, 2017 @ 6:58am

The Regional Municipality of York has announced that it will invest a total of $4.7 billion in capital projects over the next decade. York Regional Council received updates on roads, transit, water and wastewater infrastructure investments needed to provide accessible travel options, safe and reliable water and wastewater services, and…

April 21, 2017 @ 8:34am

Construction is now underway on a $60.6 million project to build overpasses on Highway 11 near Warman and Highway 12 at Martensville, Saskatchewan. “Strategic infrastructure investments help address congestion and bottlenecks along vital transportation corridors, and around hubs and ports,” said Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency…

April 21, 2017 @ 8:22am

The University of British Columbia’s Program on Water Governance has released a new report that suggests that continuing with the Site C hydroelectric project will cost ratepayers approximately $1.5 billion more than if alternative energy projects had been developed. The Program stated that the purpose of the new report is…

April 20, 2017 @ 10:19am

Alberta’s County of Grande Prairie has made investing in roads is a priority for its 2017 budget. The $132.1 million budget includes estimated expenditures of $56.4 million for capital projects, 59 per cent of which is being allocated to road projects, and $75.7 million for general operations. Approximately $33.2 million…

April 20, 2017 @ 7:22am

A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute has recommended that Canadian cities sell their local electricity distribution companies (LDCs) and recycle the capital into infrastructure investments. Capital from the sale of electricity distribution companies should be invested in critical municipal infrastructure, said the new report. In Surge Capacity: Selling…

April 20, 2017 @ 6:50am

The Canada Green Building Council has released a statement following Tuesday’s announcement of the 2017-18 Manitoba budget. “Following the release of the 2017 Manitoba provincial budget, the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (MB CaGBC), is pleased to see that there is continued commitment to a Manitoba Climate…

April 13, 2017 @ 11:45am

Canada's capacity for green bond issues will be at least $56.3 billion in fiscal 2017/18. That's the finding in a Corporate Knights report released at the RBC Capital Markets Green Bond Conference in Toronto. The figure is based on an analysis of the capital requirements, debt-raising capacity, and intended uses…

April 10, 2017 @ 8:56am

Strong sustainable communities, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and projects that grow the economy will be the focus of federal government investment in infrastructure in the years ahead. In a panel discussion alongside Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi discussed how the government…

April 07, 2017 @ 7:18am

How do we integrate tomorrow's infrastructure on the foundation of what we have today? That question was the focus of a panel of experts at GLOBE Capital, the two-day forum focused on answering questions on how to finance the 21st century. In the building sector, we are seeing the rapid…

April 06, 2017 @ 6:22am

According to a new EY report, Spotlight on Canadian power and utility megaprojects, Canadian infrastructure megaprojects run 39 per cent over budget and behind schedule by 12 months on average. “Canadian power and utilities companies need to act now to start to transform the way they control investment in megaprojects…

April 03, 2017 @ 12:20pm

A new justice centre with 12 courtrooms and space for dispute resolution services will be built to serve Red Deer and central Alberta residents. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing…

March 30, 2017 @ 11:08am

Bell has announced it will invest a further $854 million to bring direct fibre links and faster internet speeds available to more homes and businesses throughout Montréal. Bell's fibre to the home (FTTH) connections will ultimately reach a total of 1.1 million residences and business locations throughout Québec's largest metropolis.…

March 29, 2017 @ 8:47am

Ottawa should encourage widespread investment in existing and new infrastructure by institutional investors, such as pension plans and insurers, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “New and Improved: How to Bring Institutional Investment into Public Infrastructure,” author Benjamin Dachis provides Ottawa’s new infrastructure bank with…

March 29, 2017 @ 7:37am

Canada has been named as one of 13 applicants approved for inclusion in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Its approval marks the first North American country to become part of the Bank. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the China-led bank will provide infrastructure capital for major projects…

March 24, 2017 @ 7:06am

After a coast-to-coast expansion and the celebration of its 50th anniversary, both in 2016, Pomerleau decided to revisit its corporate vision and values. “It was a perfect moment to reflect on our evolution and our future goals—and the ideal time for us to rethink a vision and values that are…

March 23, 2017 @ 1:59pm

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced a multi-year plan for infrastructure investments. The Way Forward: A Multi-Year Plan for Infrastructure Investments outlines commitments to education, health, buildings and roads, and municipal infrastructure through an investment of nearly $3 billion. The plan includes the following investments by sector over…

March 20, 2017 @ 7:04am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in B.C. through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding—more than $186.6 million— and the province is investing nearly $123.2 million.…

March 20, 2017 @ 6:55am

The 2017 Alberta budget included funding for new infrastructure projects, identified as high priorities by the province. Budget 2017 included a Capital Plan that will invest $29.5 billion in infrastructure projects over four years. This includes: $7.6 billion in municipal infrastructure support, including $4.8 billion under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative…

March 17, 2017 @ 7:22am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing a total of approximately $459 million in wastewater infrastructure investments in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Construction gets underway in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Township of Esquimalt. The $385 million project is being funded…

March 17, 2017 @ 6:25am

As part of Budget 2017, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced a new three-year municipal infrastructure program and a call for applications from interested communities. One hundred million dollars in provincial funding will be invested in municipal infrastructure over the next three years through the Multi-Year Capital Works ($70…

March 14, 2017 @ 6:42am

The governments of Canada and B.C., along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tsawwassen First Nation, have announced an agreement to jointly fund a series of road and highway improvements in the Delta and Surrey regions of the province. The estimated total cost is $245,176,671. The Government of…

March 13, 2017 @ 6:54am

The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced joint funding of over $87 million for 26 new infrastructure projects in 26 communities throughout the province. These investments cover a wide range of community infrastructure projects including green energy systems, solid waste management, drinking water, wastewater management, highways, roads, bridges, disaster…

March 13, 2017 @ 6:30am

Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports— projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. This finding corroborates a Senate committee…

March 06, 2017 @ 8:27am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have awarded a fixed-price contract to Plenary Health CAMH to design, build, finance, and maintain the CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project. The contract is valued at approximately $685 million, which reflects the payments made during construction, the substantial…

March 06, 2017 @ 7:20am

Infrastructure Ontario's (IO) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mr. Ehren Cory as the new President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. Mr. Cory has served as a member of IO's executive since December 2012, most recently leading the division responsible for delivering major public infrastructure projects such as…

February 27, 2017 @ 11:30am

The City of Ottawa has provided an update about plans to move forward with the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project. City Staff also provided a detailed presentation of a related report on Stage 2 LRT, in advance of the tabling of the report at the Finance and Economic Development…

February 22, 2017 @ 9:36am

After almost six years of construction, Metro Vancouver’s $240-million Port Mann Water Supply Tunnel is now delivering clean, safe drinking water to residents south of the Fraser River. The Port Mann connection is one of the key links between Metro Vancouver’s watersheds and the communities south of the Fraser. Replacing…

February 22, 2017 @ 8:35am

The Government of B.C. has issued a tender for the new Mountain Highway Interchange along Highway 1 through the Lower Lynn Corridor, just north of the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing. “This interchange upgrade, combined with the District of North Vancouver’s $14 million Keith Bridge and Keith Road expansion, will…

February 17, 2017 @ 7:49am

Bird Construction Inc. has announced that it has executed a contract with Fraser Health through Bird Design-Build Construction Inc. to design and build a new mental health facility and energy centre at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. This news follows successful negotiations with Fraser Health after being named…

February 15, 2017 @ 9:02am

Metrolinx has released a statement expressing its disappointment over Bombardier’s lack of ability to meet its contractual needs regarding the Eglinton LRT project. Here is the statement: “Metrolinx has been concerned for some time about the performance of Bombardier and their ability to deliver a quality product on time to…

February 15, 2017 @ 8:12am

Union safety specialists will monitor the La Romaine worksite in the wake of four deaths on the job site since the project began. According to an article from CBC News, this is the first time Hydro-Québec has allowed permissions for the specialists to monitor the job site, which is in…

February 15, 2017 @ 7:28am

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has approved the proposed Fort McMurray West Transmission Project. In its 353-page decision, AUC approved the 500-kilometre transmission project that will improve the power supply to northeastern Alberta. The project includes a 500-kV AC single-circuit transmission line from the Thickwoods Hills area west of Fort…

February 14, 2017 @ 9:13am

An Environmental Assessment Certificate has been issued to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement project. The project includes: building a new 10-lane, clear span bridge over the South Arm of the Fraser River; replacing the Westminster Highway, Steveston Highway and Highway 17A interchanges; widening…

February 13, 2017 @ 7:08am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Jim Leech will be serving as Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank. “Mr. Leech brings with him immense knowledge and experience, and I am confident that he will help ensure a smooth and successful launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank,” said Prime…

February 10, 2017 @ 8:19am

The Government of Manitoba has cancelled plans to move forward with more than $1 billion worth of health care infrastructure projects for the province, citing financial constraints. According to a CBC News report, the list of projects includes the $300 million earmarked for a new facility for CancerCare Manitoba, as…

February 09, 2017 @ 11:15am

Premier Brian Gallant announced an estimated $90 million will be invested in the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John. The investments will cover the redesign and redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), surgical, and oncology units. This year, $2.5 million will be invested to begin the work on…

February 07, 2017 @ 1:00pm

Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, has begun. Site work started in January on the 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current. “We know that the people of Saskatchewan deserve and expect reliable power, and demand for that power continues to…

February 06, 2017 @ 1:14pm

The Department of National Defence has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. from Surrey, B.C., for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work. The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships…

February 06, 2017 @ 8:29am

The new Gouin bridge will be built to meet the needs of all users (vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists), creating significant benefits for the population of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the region. The $126 million project involves building a new structure located slightly north of the existing one. This new bridge will have two…

February 06, 2017 @ 7:29am

Harbour City Solutions consortium has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a biosolids management project for the City of Hamilton, Ont. Harbour City Solutions includes: Bird Construction, Synagro Technologies, Inc. (Synagro Capital), Andritz Separation Inc., Cole Engineering, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd./Maple Reinders PPP…

February 06, 2017 @ 7:18am

Ontario has successfully issued its third green bond, raising $800 million to help build clean transportation and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects in communities across the province. Proceeds from the bond will support 12 projects, including: St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, targeted to achieve LEED gold-level certification ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment…

February 03, 2017 @ 12:00pm

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), a division of Toronto East Health Network, have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to three companies to design, build and finance the new patient care tower project at the hospital. Teams invited to submit proposals were selected…

February 03, 2017 @ 9:17am

The ramp-up of major projects in B.C., from proposed transportation, pipeline, and LNG projects to highway and bridgework will bolster the province’s construction workforce by 24 per cent, or almost 17,000 workers over the next five years, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada. “It’s potentially…

February 03, 2017 @ 7:02am

After the controversy surrounding the decision by Queen's Park to not allow tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, public awareness and debate about road tolls in the GTA has been increasing. The Empire Club of Canada is presenting a panel discussion called "For Whom…

February 02, 2017 @ 11:45am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and West Park Healthcare Centre (WPHC) have announced three teams prequalified to design, build, finance and maintain the facility's hospital development project in Toronto. Based on an open, competitive request for qualifications process that began in September 2016, the following three teams have been prequalified and will…

February 02, 2017 @ 10:01am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities have launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM,…

February 02, 2017 @ 9:00am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required for the Hamilton LRT B-Line, which includes: 11 kilometres of new dedicated rapid…

February 02, 2017 @ 8:00am

Nova Scotia Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the installation of a five-story tidal turbine in Minas Passage, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. According to a CBC News article, the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association is challenging the project’s approval based on a lack…

February 02, 2017 @ 7:48am

Minister of Transportation and Works Al Hawkins released the provincial government’s Five-Year Provincial Roads Plan, along with the full list of road tenders for 2017-18. The plan uses an evidence-based approach to build, renew and maintain transportation infrastructure and takes full advantage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s short construction season while…

January 31, 2017 @ 8:21am

Engineers Canada has announced that Kim Allen is leaving his post as chief executive officer of Engineers Canada effective immediately. “The Board of Directors of Engineers Canada wishes Kim well and thanks him for his contributions as CEO,” said Chris Roney, president of Engineers Canada. Mr. Allen joined Engineers Canada…

January 31, 2017 @ 7:29am

The federal and provincial government have announced funding to widen Highway 401. The Government of Canada is contributing a maximum of $96,030,979 through the New Building Canada Fund and the Government of Ontario is responsible for all remaining costs of the project. The project involves the widening of Highway 401…

January 30, 2017 @ 7:28am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to submit their qualifications to design, build, and finance nine new detachments for phase two of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Modernization project. Nine new detachments will…

January 27, 2017 @ 8:56am

The Ontario government has shut down a request from the City of Toronto to allow for tolling of the city’s Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. The tolling proposal by the city would have created a new revenue stream estimated at approximately $200-$300 million per year, which would have then…

January 27, 2017 @ 8:40am

The Government of Nova Scotia is considering its options for the design, construction, finance, and infrastructure maintenance of the QEII redevelopment project, including province-led and private sector-led approaches. A request for supplier qualifications for public-private partnership (P3) advisory services was issued on January 25. "We have said all along we will…

January 27, 2017 @ 7:47am

A joint federal-provincial investment in the University of Manitoba (U of M) will support the development of the U of M Smartpark Innovation Hub, as well as the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building. The Smartpark Innovation Hub will be an information exchange centre that will encourage further partnerships between industry,…

January 27, 2017 @ 7:23am

Plenary Health CAMH is the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Phase 1C redevelopment project. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and CAMH selected Plenary Health CAMH after extensive evaluations following an open, fair and competitive request for proposals process that began in…

January 26, 2017 @ 9:44am

BC Transit is beginning a request for proposal (RFP) process to introduce Real Time, automatic vehicle location (AVL) enabled technology on buses in seven transit communities, including Kamloops, Nanaimo, Comox Valley, Squamish, Whistler, Kelowna and Victoria. BC Transit aims to introduce the customer-facing features of the Real Time technology in…

January 26, 2017 @ 8:44am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have selected LINK 427 as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 Expansion project. LINK 427's team includes: Developer: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Miller Infrastructure Construction: Dragados Canada Inc., Miller Infrastructure and Bot Infrastructure Ltd.…

January 26, 2017 @ 7:06am

BC Hydro is introducing "seed", a proposed concept to upgrade downtown Vancouver’s electricity infrastructure while funding new community amenities like new schools, daycare spaces and park upgrades. Demand for electricity in downtown Vancouver is expected to grow by over 75 per cent in the next 30 years due to population…

January 24, 2017 @ 2:45pm

An inter-regional transit terminal has broken ground at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre that will play a key role in the intermodal transit hub to support this burgeoning urban community adjacent to Toronto. The transit terminal, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will serve York Region Rapid Transit’s extensive bus network and have…

January 24, 2017 @ 1:19pm

A legal challenge filed by two B.C. First Nations regarding the Site C hydroelectric project has been unanimously denied by the Federal Court of Appeal. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the challenge from the West Moberly First Nation and the Prophet River First Nation called for…

January 24, 2017 @ 10:32am

The Government of Nova Scotia will discuss tolling opportunities when it holds highway twinning consultations across the province. The province commissioned a highway twinning feasibility study in an effort to improve highway safety across Nova Scotia. The eight sections studied would cost around $2 billion to twin according to the…

January 24, 2017 @ 9:55am

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved the Lake Erie Connector Project (project), an international power line that will be buried under Lake Erie and transfer electricity between Ontario and Pennsylvania. In making its decision that this project is in the public interest, the NEB imposed 42 conditions on ITC…

January 20, 2017 @ 9:25am

TransLink announced the beginning of expanded transit services it will be rolling out in 2017 as part of the 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation. TransLink has added more SkyTrain and SeaBus services, which will begin to reduce wait times and crowding. Over the coming weeks and months TransLink will…

January 19, 2017 @ 7:30am

SgurrEnergy, a Scottish company with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, has acted as technical advisor for the investment in Hywind floating offshore wind farm. Located off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it is the world’s first multi-turbine floating offshore wind farm. This project is an important milestone…

January 19, 2017 @ 7:17am

Micro cracks discovered in steel trusses for the Calgary central library project has caused a setback in construction. According to an article from CBC News, the cracks were discovered before the trusses were delivered to the construction site. While construction of the new $245-million library has continued, the full assessment…

January 19, 2017 @ 7:04am

The upcoming federal budget can improve Canadians' quality of life for years to come - if it empowers municipalities to connect national infrastructure investment to pressing local needs. That's the message from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it releases Seizing the Moment, its recommendations for the 2017 federal…

January 17, 2017 @ 7:15am

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced more than $272 million in federal-provincial funding for key upgrades to three sections of Route 11 between Shediac and Miramichi. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $125 million to this project while the Government of New Brunswick is providing $147…

January 16, 2017 @ 11:48am

The Government of Canada is investing $14.95 million for a total combined investment of more than $30 million in the University of Windsor. The university will use the funding for the construction of its new Science Research and Innovation Facility. This state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility will provide world-class, upgraded laboratory and…

January 16, 2017 @ 10:02am

Two contracts for preliminary construction work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project will go to tender this week. The contracts are for site preparation in order to improve ground conditions for future lane widening. The ministry will award one contract for work in Delta and one for work in…

January 13, 2017 @ 8:24am

The Centennial Building in Fredericton will undergo a major restoration and a new courthouse will be built on the same parcel of land to maximize the use of provincial government building space. “Investing strategically in infrastructure helps create jobs in the short term,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Renovating the Centennial…

January 12, 2017 @ 8:01am

A solicitation process has been initiated for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on Emera Inc.’s proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO-New England market. Atlantic Link is a proposed approximately 350-mile submarine high-voltage direct current (HVdc) electric transmission line…

January 11, 2017 @ 2:54pm

A study outlining the preferred route for the proposed Scarborough subway extension has been delayed, adding additional costs to the project. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the report was supposed to be on the agenda for next week’s executive committee meeting. However, an official at the City…

January 11, 2017 @ 9:51am

The Government of Canada is investing $10.79 million for a total combined investment of nearly $30 million to Georgian College for new infrastructure for the institution. Georgian College will use the funding for the construction of its new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. The centre will include commercialization and…

January 11, 2017 @ 9:03am

The P.E.I. government is seeking a contractor to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the second phase of the proposed Trans-Canada Highway extension in Cornwall. An environmental assessment will help protect habitat and wildlife as construction continues on the 9.5 kilometre project between Maypoint Road and New Haven. The first…

January 11, 2017 @ 8:53am

There is more than $186 billion invested in the biggest infrastructure projects currently under development in Canada, according to information released today in the annual Top100 Projects report. The Top100 Projects report, produced each year since 2006 by industry magazine ReNew Canada, researches and analyses several hundred projects each year…

January 11, 2017 @ 7:55am

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has submitted the information requested on Feb. 18, 2016, by the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change with respect to OPG’s proposal for a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) in Kincardine, Ont. The information submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency includes: A study that details…

January 04, 2017 @ 12:36pm

Integrated Team Solutions (ITS), in partnership with the City of Saskatoon, announced that construction of the Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre (COC) successfully reached substantial completion on December 31, 2016. The new facility relocates the City of Saskatoon's Transit Operations and houses the City's first permanent Snow Management Facility. The facility…

January 03, 2017 @ 7:49am

Bird Construction Inc. announces that it has been named preferred proponent in a fixed-price contract to construct a new mental health facility and energy centre at Royal Columbian Hospital. Bird Construction Inc. announced that Fraser Health has selected Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, as the preferred proponent…

January 03, 2017 @ 7:35am

Four tenders have been submitted at values lower than the $72-million expected price tag for phase 1 of the CFB Esquimalt jetty renewal project. According to an article from the Victoria Times-Colonist, the four bids under budget is a welcome sign for Defence Construction Canada, but it is just a…

December 30, 2016 @ 7:15am

Plan Group Inc. has been chosen as the electrical sub-contractor for the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital project. The new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is the first hospital to be built in the city of Vaughan and the first new hospital to be built in the York Region in the last 30 years.…

December 22, 2016 @ 8:47am

Bruce Power has signed a multi-year master tooling agreement with ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. for the supply of automated tooling systems and related services for Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program. The agreement will bring major long-term economic benefits to the province as Bruce Power advances its multi-year investment program. This…

December 21, 2016 @ 8:59am

Government officials gathered near Abbotsford to celebrate the official opening of the new Cannell Lake Water Treatment Plant. The aging chlorination equipment has been replaced with a more modern, safe and efficient system which uses salt and electricity to create chlorine. As a result, workplace safety and plant efficiency has…

December 21, 2016 @ 8:12am

NB Power is recommending a project to maintain the Mactaquac Generating Station to its intended lifespan of approximately 2068. This recommendation follows a fact-based decision process involving NB Power’s board of directors, balancing environmental, social, technical and cost considerations. It also follows extensive and ongoing consultation with First Nations. In…

December 20, 2016 @ 11:15am

The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced more than $14 million for 11 water and wastewater projects. “The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed $44 million to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund projects this year to ensure residents throughout the province have safe, reliable drinking water and…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:57am

Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, alongside David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, announced funding for the expansion of Highway 417. The governments of Canada and Ontario are each providing up to $47.57 million. The project involves the expansion of Highway 417 from six to eight lanes for…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:41am

The request for proposals (RFP) stage has closed for shortlisted teams to submit bids to design, build and finance the Groves Memorial Community Hospital. Three shortlisted teams were invited to respond to the RFP issued in June 2016. Three teams- GMCH Partnership, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare and PCL Constructors Canada-have submitted…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:35am

The governments of Canada and Quebec have provided more than $30 million for the construction of the biomethanation facilities for the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). The SEMECS project will facilitate the treatment of organic waste generated by residents of the regional county municipalities (MRCs)…

December 20, 2016 @ 7:27am

Executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. John Chen was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to unveil the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). Housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, the centre will accelerate the realization of connected and self-driving vehicles by developing production-ready software independently…

December 19, 2016 @ 11:03am

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced the launch of Connect to Innovate, a new program that aims to bring broadband Internet access to 300 rural and remote communities across Canada. The program will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to ensure that rural and…

December 19, 2016 @ 7:55am

Construction is underway at the new $12 million integrated health care facility in Leader, Sask. The new 16 bed integrated facility will replace the existing Leader Hospital, the Community Centre and Primary Health Clinic, and the Emergency Medical Services building. It will be connected to the Western Senior Citizens Home,…

December 19, 2016 @ 7:46am

The provincial and federal government, along with the City of Edmonton, have announced joint funding of more than $1 billion for the conversion of a portion of Highway 16, also known as the Yellowhead Trail, from an expressway into a freeway without traffic signals. Yellowhead Trail is a 25-kilometre corridor…

December 16, 2016 @ 9:55am

Just a few short weeks after Toronto city staff announced that the Gardiner Expressway rehabilitation project had ballooned to over $3.6 billion, a new plan suggests a fix could come in at as little as $2.3 billion. According to a story from the Toronto Star, city council will move forward…

December 16, 2016 @ 7:52am

The Ottawa Public Library has recommended city-owned property west of Bronson Avenue as the site for the new ‘super-library’, a 216,000 sq. ft. facility in conjunction with Library and Archives Canada. According to an article from the Ottawa Citizen, the 3.56-acre property located at 557 Wellington St. was chosen as…

December 15, 2016 @ 1:43pm

Recent bridge closures in B.C. due to snow and ice dropping from cables and beams onto passing traffic below has caught the attention of the project team for the George Massey Bridge Replacement project. According to a CBC News article, closures to the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges have…

December 15, 2016 @ 9:43am

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi announced the appointment of Dwight Duncan as chair of the board of directors at the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA). Mr. Duncan has served as interim chairperson of the WDBA since January 1, 2016, and the new appointment is for a five-year term. "I…

December 15, 2016 @ 8:57am

Toronto City Council has voted 32-9 in support of Mayor John Tory’s proposal to introduce road tolls to the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. According to the Toronto Star, the final decision will not be made until sometime in 2017, but the council vote provides Tory with a strong…

December 14, 2016 @ 8:30am

The U.S. State Department has approved two cross-border transmission projects that will see Canadian producers provide renewable energy to customers in the U.S. According to an article from Engineering News-Record, the department has approved the US$1.2 billion New England Clean Power Link, which will transmit power from Quebec to Vermont.…

December 14, 2016 @ 8:18am

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will get its Freedom Road after the provincial and federal governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, reached an agreement to fund the road. According to a CBC News report, the three levels of government will provide $40 million for the project, a 24-kilometre roadway…

December 13, 2016 @ 9:56am

The Port of Prince Rupert and DP World announced a significant milestone in the ongoing expansion of Fairview Container Terminal. The Phase II North container terminal expansion project, launched in the first quarter of 2015, is now more than 75 per cent complete and is on schedule to increase annual…

December 12, 2016 @ 1:40pm

Ontario and Canada are partnering to expand Highway 404, a key road transportation link in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. The province and the federal government are widening the existing highway from six to eight lanes and adding an HOV lane in each direction between Highway 407 ETR and Stouffville Rd.,…

December 12, 2016 @ 8:19am

Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure and Régime de rentes du Mouvement Desjardins announced the acquisition of a majority interest in South Fraser Perimeter Road from ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., the Star America Infrastructure Fund, and Ledcor Infrastructure Investments Inc. ACS will retain a minority equity interest in South Fraser Perimeter…

December 12, 2016 @ 7:55am

The Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC), a coalition of Canada’s eight largest urban regional chambers of commerce, is calling for airport policy reform to align Canada with global best practices, and for our international airports to be factored into transit infrastructure planning by all levels of government. Economic performance is…

December 08, 2016 @ 7:18am

Transport Futures (TF) has announced its support for Toronto Mayor John Tory’s call for road tolls on the city’s Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway. “The Mayor’s bold leadership is perfectly timed since the provincial government is already testing High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes on the QEW between Oakville…

December 07, 2016 @ 12:16pm

Rockstad, a subsidiary of Carillion Canada, has been selected by Manitoba Hydro as the preferred provider for the next phase of its $4.6 billion Bipole lll high-voltage transmission line project. The project involves clearing rights of way, the installation of access roads, foundations and anchors, the assembly of towers, and…

December 07, 2016 @ 7:32am

Predicting the future adoption of autonomous vehicles is a highly inexact science, but one that experts around the world are attempting as cities and countries try to understand how to create infrastructure for the disruptive technology. Students from Ryerson University’s Urban Planning Graduate Program took a solid swing at making…

December 06, 2016 @ 1:50pm

On behalf of Infrastructure Ontario (IO), SNC-Lavalin O&M has invited prequalified contractors to bid on three major work packages for the Whitney Block rehabilitation. The Whitney Block, one of Ontario's oldest government office buildings, is undergoing rehabilitation work that includes installing energy efficient windows, updating the ventilation system and repairing…

December 06, 2016 @ 8:07am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has selected Gensler Architecture and Design Canada Inc., (Gensler) to provide architectural, design and programming services to facilitate the relocation of Ontario government employees from the Macdonald Block Complex. Gensler was selected following a competitive public procurement process. Prior to reconstruction, employees working in the complex will…

December 06, 2016 @ 8:06am

The Government of Canada is prepared to cede the former Sir John Carling site for the construction of a new hospital in Ottawa. According to a CBC News report, officials from all three levels of government have joined together to call for the new Civic hospital to be built on…

December 05, 2016 @ 8:21am

A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated as the first light rail vehicle (LRV) assembled in Ottawa began testing on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations. Vehicle testing along the alignment from Blair Station to Tunney's Pasture will continue until the…

December 05, 2016 @ 7:35am

Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities and member of parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, on behalf of minister of defence Harjit S. Sajjan, held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction work of a new $39-million facility for Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) and Armoured Engineer Vehicles…

December 05, 2016 @ 7:27am

The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced new funding for 89 public transit projects across the province, for a total investment of more than $500 million. The funding includes $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing…

December 05, 2016 @ 7:09am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Providence Care announced the new hospital project has reached substantial completion. Providence Care Hospital will open with full operations and services to clients and patients in April 2017. Located in Kingston, the new 622,000-square-foot Providence Care Hospital includes 270 private inpatient rooms, as well as modern…

December 02, 2016 @ 2:26pm

A report published by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) explains how Toronto Pearson International Airport is poised to become one of the world's next top tier international airports, providing air connectivity to as much as 80 per cent of the world's economies. The report, Growing Canada with a Mega…

December 02, 2016 @ 8:04am

The executive committee of the City of Toronto has voted unanimously to support Mayor John Tory’s plan for road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the road tolls were one of a handful of initiatives supported by the…

December 02, 2016 @ 7:26am

The Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association has released a statement following a report from the province’s Auditor General raised significant concerns about the sub-standard quality of asphalt used in the construction of Ontario highways. Here is the statement that was released: Since 1974, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers’ Association (OHMPA)…

December 01, 2016 @ 10:37am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Kipling Bus Terminal project. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: An elevated pedestrian bridge to connect the pedestrian entrance to the new bus terminal building…

December 01, 2016 @ 10:21am

The winners of the 17th annual Brownie Awards were announced at last night’s gala event, held at the Delta Toronto Hotel. With more than 120 brownfield industry professionals in attendance, 10 awards were given out to the builders, innovators and visionaries behind the brownfield rehabilitation projects that has revitalized communities…

November 30, 2016 @ 12:58pm

Michael Ledgett has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Michael has practised law in Ontario for more than forty years. As co-chair of the National P3/Infrastructure Group at Dentons, he advises governments and their agencies, as well as private sector developers,…

November 30, 2016 @ 8:24am

A Toronto-based architecture and design firms will begin the detailed planning process needed to determine what the QEII Health Sciences Centre redevelopment project will look like, and where services will be located. The Nova Scotia government awarded the contract for the QEII master planning and programming to Kasian Architecture. The…

November 29, 2016 @ 8:46am

CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the addition of three new stations to the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. The Bassin Peel, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations will improve downtown Montréal service and further integrate the REM into the métro system through connections…

November 29, 2016 @ 8:12am

The Governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a joint $29.54-million investment in Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) for the construction of a new training facility. The new training facility at NAC will be built for students and community members who are studying fisheries or learning about language and culture through the…

November 29, 2016 @ 7:29am

The City of Toronto has announced that the planned rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway will cost more than $1 billion more than originally anticipated. According to an article from the CBC, a city staff report published last week showed that the cost of the project has risen from $2.57 billion…

November 28, 2016 @ 8:14am

Ontario is supporting innovation in the transportation sector by launching the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, led by The University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX. The pilot brings together a range of expertise from the research, manufacturing and technology sectors to advance innovation…

November 28, 2016 @ 7:53am

Fresh off a four-day marathon of meetings on Parliament Hill, municipal leaders say they found an emerging consensus among parliamentarians - that municipalities will need to play a central role to make the landmark federal infrastructure plan work for Canadians. "The federal government's infrastructure plan is really a huge opportunity…

November 28, 2016 @ 7:28am

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) is supporting the road toll initiatives announced by Toronto Mayor John Tory as one step in the right direction to address the city's congestion. With 100,000 people moving to the GTHA every year, congestion costs the regional economy $11 billion every…

November 25, 2016 @ 9:11am

The Lower Mainland Mayors Council has approved phase one of the 10-year transit plan for the region, which includes $2 billion in transit improvements. According to an article from Metro News, the Mayors Council on Regional Transportation, along with the TransLink board of directors, approved the phase 1 plan on…

November 24, 2016 @ 10:46am

Ontario has announced improvements to the Union Station GO rail corridor, including an upgrade and expansion of the Don Yard facility to provide additional train storage and train servicing capabilities close to Union Station. This will allow Metrolinx to better meet future growth and demand for GO and UP Express…

November 24, 2016 @ 7:46am

Toronto mayor John Tory will address the city’s financial health during a speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade today, at which time it is widely expected that he will provide his support for new road tolls for the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. The speculation comes as…

November 24, 2016 @ 7:13am

In keeping with commitments set out in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, a new act respecting public bodies has received second reading in the House of Assembly. The Act, Respecting Procurement by Public Bodies, will help modernize procurement by provincial public bodies…

November 23, 2016 @ 9:01am

The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) has announced that Douglas Cutts CPA, CA has been appointed as executive director of the association. Cutts brings over 35 years of strategic planning, financial and operational experience to CNAM. He has a track record of providing immediate contributions to an organization through…

November 22, 2016 @ 10:15am

The City of Toronto has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking partnerships and ideas for large-scale development of low-carbon thermal energy networks/district energy solutions. The RFQ, currently listed at merx.com, states that: “The purpose of this RFPQ is to establish a list of up to five pre-qualified respondents and…

November 22, 2016 @ 7:31am

Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the year’s construction tendering schedule, with $502 million in investments for the province’s road, bridge, and highway network. “Manitoba‘s new government is showing a strong commitment to provincial infrastructure with $502 million in planned investments for 2017-18 and a commitment of $500 million per…

November 21, 2016 @ 7:14am

The latest RICS Canada Construction Survey found that growth in infrastructure and other public non-housing construction is offsetting weaknesses in most other areas: energy, private industrial and commercial, and public housing. The survey of RICS-qualified Canadian construction professionals is conducted quarterly. “At a high level, that’s true,” said Jeff Logan…

November 18, 2016 @ 3:24pm

The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. have announced the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards. Twenty-two projects have been named as finalists for six categories. The 22 projects include work in 18 different municipalities throughout Canada. The Brownie Awards include six categories of recognition: REPROGRAM, REMEDIATE, REINVEST,…

November 18, 2016 @ 12:03pm

By Andy Semotiuk Recently, I was on a panel with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum hosted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade. I raised the question of introducing a possible federal investor immigration program for Canada to fund our aging infrastructure. While Mr. McCallum did not…

November 18, 2016 @ 6:55am

Infrastructure Ontario has released its updated list of projects currently in development throughout the province. The document provides information updates on 42 projects throughout the province, including the location, project model, timelines for the release of the project RFQ and RFP, as well as a projected value range for the…

November 17, 2016 @ 7:40am

Alberta has updated its Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) to better meet the needs of municipalities. In 2017-2018, $35 million in funding for local road bridges, resource roads, and community airports will be available to smaller towns, municipal districts, and counties. This investment is expected to support more than 200…

November 16, 2016 @ 11:20am

CDPQ Infra, subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the companies and consortiums that qualified as part of the qualification process for the completion of the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. Qualified companies and consortiums will have the opportunity to participate in the international call for…

November 11, 2016 @ 2:22pm

In Saskatchewan, new federal and provincial funding will be going toward a project in the City of Estevan. The city will be constructing a residuals management facility to treat the wastewater generated by its water treatment plant using an effective and low-energy treatment process. This will help to protect the…

November 11, 2016 @ 9:07am

This is the executive summary of the report “Ontario Must Prepare for Vehicle Automation,” by systems engineer and automated vehicle strategist Bern Grush of transportation consultants Grush Niles Strategic (based in Toronto and Seattle). With 100,000 people moving to the GTHA every year, this is a crucial period for this…

November 10, 2016 @ 8:53am

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced that it has issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting proponents to submit formal proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The 18-month RFP stage is the second phase in WDBA’s competitive procurement process to select a private-sector…

November 10, 2016 @ 7:57am

The Ontario government has announced that the $451 million Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness has reached substantial completion. Construction on the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness began in June 2014. Services will now start moving into the new hospital over the next few months…

November 10, 2016 @ 7:31am

Two Canadians are among the 16 public works professionals selected to participate in the American Public Works Association (APWA) Emerging Leaders Academy Program for 2016-2017. The participants were selected for a year-long national Emerging Leaders Academy program, which provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works.…

November 08, 2016 @ 8:15am

The Alberta government will set clear timelines for developing renewable electricity like wind and solar, and a competitive bidding process structured to limit costs. The Renewable Electricity Program will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 using a competitive process, administered by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).…

November 08, 2016 @ 8:07am

The governments of Canada and Ontario have invested in upgrading and expanding the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Halton Region. Upgrades and the expansion of Halton Region's Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant will improve the quality of water through the addition of a new sand filtration process which will provide a…

November 08, 2016 @ 8:01am

The Government of Canada has committed to a $26.51‑million investment in Brock University and Niagara College under the Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. $7.78‑million will go to the District Energy Efficiency Project to replace equipment and piping in the District Energy Facility. Of this funding, $5.19 million is being provided by…

November 04, 2016 @ 8:10am

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework for the assessment of highly energy efficient buildings that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of…

November 02, 2016 @ 9:08am

A petition by two B.C. First Nations to halt construction of the Site C dam in northeastern B.C. has been rejected by the province’s top court. According to a CBC news article, the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations argued that they were not properly consulted on the permitting…

November 02, 2016 @ 6:41am

Alberta transportation minister Brian Mason has announced the province’s commitment to fund its portion of the Yellowhead Trail rehabilitation project. According to an article from the CBC, the province has pledged a total of $242 million to the project, a figure that represents one-third of the eligible project costs. However,…

November 02, 2016 @ 6:30am

The chair of the Montréal Executive Committee, Pierre Desrochers, and the vice-chair of the Executive Committee responsible for the administrative reform, Smart City, information technologies and youth, today made public the analyzed results of 148 performance indicators for 2015. Across Canada, with respect to the 2015 median of the five…

November 02, 2016 @ 6:12am

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Fall Economic Statement provides a big boost for Canadian infrastructure, including the creation of a new Federal Infrastructure Bank. The new measures including in the statement include: Investing an additional $81 billion in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, as well…

November 01, 2016 @ 1:12pm

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) has announced the recipients of the CCPPP 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. “The Council’s Awards Program highlights the exceptional leadership and innovative thinking that distinguishes the Canadian P3 model as globally best-in-class,” says CCPPP president and CEO Mark…

November 01, 2016 @ 8:05am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to two prequalified teams to design, build, finance and maintain the new Toronto courthouse. Teams invited to submit proposals were selected based on their design and construction capability, experience, facilities management capacity…

November 01, 2016 @ 7:14am

Manitoba is working in partnership with the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and Manitoba Environmental Industries Association to encourage more recycling of construction materials by funding a two-year construction waste pilot project. “Manitoba is committed to the goal of reducing the amount of waste heading to landfills,” Cox said.  “We look…

October 31, 2016 @ 7:15am

Employers, building owners, designers and developers throughout the world are showing that it pays to invest in greener offices that keep their occupants healthy and happy, a report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reveals. Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices highlights the global…

October 31, 2016 @ 6:28am

The City of Toronto’s planning department has been asked to review a potential new route for the Scarborough subway extension. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the new route has been proposed by the Glen Andrew Community Association. Lorne Ross, the former planning commissioner for Scarborough who works…

October 28, 2016 @ 8:39am

A dozen renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are urging the Alberta government to solidify its commitment to having renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. Today, they released an open letter calling on Premier Rachel Notley, Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig-Boyd and…

October 24, 2016 @ 11:30am

An estimated $52.4 million Highway 16 project east of Saskatoon is targeted to open to traffic one year early. Funded by the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan, the project includes the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway from east of Saskatoon to west of the Bradwell access road,…

October 24, 2016 @ 7:15am

On October 20th, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) hosted a dinner and panel discussion titled Transforming Toronto 2050. UOIT has a foundation in technology, science, and professional practice. As Susan McGovern, vice-president of external relations and advancement, said UOIT students are “shop floor and boardroom ready.” The…

October 21, 2016 @ 9:38am

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has required Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir as an additional mitigation to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury. "We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury and this is why removing additional forest…

October 21, 2016 @ 7:10am

Plans are in motion to explore improved transit service for the Sea to Sky corridor — a growing region that the B.C. government has identified as a priority area for expansion. “As the population along the Sea to Sky corridor continues to increase, our transit services must keep pace,” said…

October 21, 2016 @ 6:53am

Windstream Energy is still looking to complete its proposed $5.2 billion offshore wind farm project near Kingston, despite a provincial moratorium that continues to stall its construction. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the provincial government placed the moratorium on building offshore wind farms in order to research…

October 21, 2016 @ 6:43am

BC Hydro and its contractor, ATCO Two Rivers Lodging Group, announced the completion of the worker accommodation lodge, a significant project milestone for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The lodge – which includes 1,600 rooms and a wide variety of on-site amenities – has been completed on time and…

October 20, 2016 @ 6:50am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a vendor to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario LRT project, and procure a fleet of light rail vehicles. The new LRT line will bring 20 kilometres of new, dedicated rapid transit between Port Credit…

October 19, 2016 @ 11:19am

An open source guide, the Community Energy Implementation Framework, designed to help communities move Community Energy Plans from a vision to implementation, was released in beta at QUEST2016 — Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Action by the Community Energy Association, QUEST — Quality Urban Energy Systems of…

October 18, 2016 @ 8:25am

EllisDon has announced that the Net Zero Energy institutional building at Mohawk College Fennell campus in Hamilton is the first official pilot project in the Carbon Impact Initiative, which launched in June 2016 under the Low Carbon Agenda. A groundbreaking event was held at the school last month to mark…

October 18, 2016 @ 7:43am

QUEST announced the winners for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards, which were presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Awards and Gala in Calgary. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.  Smart Energy Communities improve energy…

October 18, 2016 @ 6:40am

Diamond Schmitt Architects is pleased to announce the appointment of seven team members to the position of associate with the company: Cynthia Carbonneau, Karel Brozik, Vincent Goetz, Bradley Hindson, Eric Lucassen, Marcin Sztaba, and Matthew Tsui. At the same time, the company promoted Branka Gazibara and Michael Lukasik to the…

October 18, 2016 @ 6:33am

Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of a 90 MW interest in the 179 MW Armow Wind power facility in Kincardine, Ont. from Pattern Energy Group LP. Pattern Energy acquired the interest in Armow Wind for a total cash consideration of approximately US$133 million, representing a…

October 18, 2016 @ 6:27am

A single qualified bidder has emerged for the construction management of the rehabilitation of the Centre Block in Ottawa. According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, only a joint venture between EllisDon Corporation and PCL Constructors Canada has been qualified to bid on the decade-long project following last year’s…

October 17, 2016 @ 8:05am

Transit authorities in Vancouver are hoping that the federal government intends to come through on its promise to provide 50 per cent of funding for transit projects. According to an article from the CBC, the city is looking for billions in funding commitments from the federal government to help expand…

October 17, 2016 @ 7:47am

Canada is a world leader in renewable power and generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable sources according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB). Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada accounting for 55 per cent of total installed capacity and 58…

October 17, 2016 @ 7:30am

The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) held its 2nd Annual CanBIM Awards on October 5th in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Eight award categories in total were presented, including one for Best In BIM handed out to the winner of winners from the seven main categories. The awards categories…

October 17, 2016 @ 6:43am

The province will construct new, multi-level parking structures to help address the parking demands at Maple and Rutherford GO stations, which will provide 1,200 new spots at each station. Metrolinx will also be adding new pedestrian tunnels at both stations that will connect to the future second track and platform,…

October 13, 2016 @ 7:53am

After several months of consultation, PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, has approved plans submitted by Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners (Nieuport), owner and operator of the airport’s passenger terminal, to undertake upgrades and enhancements to the terminal at the airport. The plans include increasing the terminal’s…

October 13, 2016 @ 6:45am

More than $25 million of federal government and Memorial University funding will be invested at Memorial's Battery Facility in a redevelopment project as part of the recently-signed Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. "Memorial University has identified the Battery Facility Redevelopment as a top priority,” said Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland…

October 13, 2016 @ 6:20am

The Northern Alberta Institute for Technology will receive $34.9 million for a new Productivity and Innovation Centre under the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The centre will create modern and innovative training and research opportunities for students and industry to develop, test and commercialize new technologies and…

October 13, 2016 @ 6:14am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) have announced two prequalified teams to design, build, finance and maintain a new Toronto courthouse. The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the request for qualifications (RFQ) process that began in April 2016. Selection criteria included design…

October 12, 2016 @ 12:25pm

Plans are on track to get shovels in the ground for the Calgary Cancer Centre next year. The province is holding the first public open house on the project as it prepares to issue a request for proposals. It is also confirming what treatment and research programs will be delivered…

October 12, 2016 @ 10:43am

Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. has suggested that the RFP for the Gordie Howe International bridge is now just weeks away. According to an article from the Detroit Free Press, the statement was made by Ambassador David MacNaughton at a Canada-United States Business Association event in Detroit. He told the…

October 12, 2016 @ 8:17am

Kier Group plc has announced that it has completed the disposal of Mouchel Consulting to WSP Global Inc. for a total consideration of £75m (CDN $121.5 million), satisfied in cash. Mouchel Consulting, acquired in June 2015 as part of Kier's acquisition of Mouchel, provides engineering, environmental and asset management consultancy…

October 12, 2016 @ 6:16am

The federal and provincial governments have announced that more than $232 million in government funding will go to the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) project. The project will include the construction of two tunnels: an east-west tunnel through the downtown core from LeBreton Flats to New Edinburgh Park, and a…

October 11, 2016 @ 10:51am

Ontario is investing in a new facility at Seneca's King Campus that will help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow, with new classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, a library, a learning centre and more study spaces. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was joined by Oak…

October 11, 2016 @ 8:12am

The Mayor of Edmonton has asked the provincial government to step up to provide funding for the upgrade of Yellowhead Trail. According to an article from CBC News, Mayor Don Iveson believes that a lack of a provincial commitment will mean that federal funds will go to another province rather…

October 11, 2016 @ 7:14am

The City of Calgary today celebrated a groundbreaking event for the Stoney Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility. The new 44,300 square metre facility will provide storage and maintenance space for Calgary Transit’s new fleet of CNG buses, as well as diesel buses that are currently stored…

October 11, 2016 @ 6:15am

EllisDon has announced the appointment of Gerald Slemko to board chair and appointment of James (Jim) E.C. Carter, O.C., P. Eng., to its board of directors. Slemko is currently the chief executive officer of the Trudell Medical Group, a global medical device company located in London, Ont. He began his…

October 07, 2016 @ 6:45am

The Alberta government is aiming to support the province’s first solar farm to help meet its green power needs. A Request for Information (RFI) to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations has been posted. This will explore the…

October 07, 2016 @ 6:31am

Proper oversight is key to negating future risk says PEGO, the bargaining unit and association of professional engineers and land surveyors that work for the Government of Ontario, in response to the government’s joint statement on Nipigon River Bridge. “PEGO commends the task force for completing the investigation and fulfilling…

October 07, 2016 @ 6:26am

Toronto City Council unanimously approved $2.4 million for design on the proposed Rail Deck Park in the city’s downtown core. oronto Mayor, John Tory, said to the CBC of the parkland’s prioritization: "The other alternative that people would have is that we would just leave this land on the course…

October 06, 2016 @ 6:46am

The CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission is warning that further delay in determining the route for the proposed Scarborough subway could cause an increase in cost and a delay in project completion. Andy Byford stressed the concern in an exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, saying that it is…

October 05, 2016 @ 7:31am

On October 3, St. Albert City Council approved a detailed strategy that describes how the community will adopt a Smart City approach to its growth and modern service priorities. St. Albert’s strategy is captured within a Smart City Master Plan – a guiding document considered unique across Canada, and much…

October 05, 2016 @ 7:15am

Municipal officials in Sudbury have begun the difficult task of looking at ways to tackle the city’s $1.4 billion infrastructure deficit. According to a CBC News article, Sudbury City Council has determined that the deficit includes at least $700 million to fix roads, as well as approximately $345 million for…

October 05, 2016 @ 7:08am

An operations, maintenance, and storage facility designed and built by York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) has received LEED Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council. The facility has been built to store and maintain York Region Transit/Viva bus rapid transit vehicles, and is located near Leslie Street and…

October 05, 2016 @ 6:29am

The Government of British Columbia has invited three pre-qualified bidding teams to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage to design, build, partially finance and operate the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3.5 billion. The request for qualifications (RFQ) was…

October 05, 2016 @ 6:22am

The $407 million Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford project has received an anonymous $1 million donation for its community fundraising campaign. According to an article in The Battlefords News-Optimist, the donation was received last week by the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign. The campaign, which has an “ambitious” target of $8…

October 04, 2016 @ 8:43am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Cooksville GO Station project. This project is part of Metrolinx’s work to provide a faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The…

October 04, 2016 @ 7:44am

The Government of Canada has proposed its pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018. In order to accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet…

October 04, 2016 @ 6:51am

In its ground-breaking report, Building Infrastructure, Building Talent, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has quantified a generation of jobs will be required for the billions being spent over the next 15 years upgrading and building new infrastructure in the Toronto region. The report highlights a need for 147,000 jobs…

October 04, 2016 @ 6:42am

The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 Expansion project. Following a fair, open and transparent request for qualifications process, three teams – 427 North Link, Blackbird Infrastructure Group and Link 427 – were shortlisted and…

October 04, 2016 @ 6:23am

QUEST announced the finalists for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards which will be presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Conference and Tradeshow – Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Change taking place October 17-19 at the Westin in Calgary. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by…

October 03, 2016 @ 10:11am

Northeast Anthony Henday Drive officially opened to traffic on October 1st, improving access and supporting economic growth in the Edmonton region and across the province. Now that Alberta’s first ring road is complete, drivers have 80 kilometres of free-flow traffic around Edmonton, providing a new connection between the national and…

October 03, 2016 @ 6:29am

The start of construction on the much-anticipated Highway 1 Admirals Road/ McKenzie interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Victoria has begun, said B.C. transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone. This, just over a year after it was first announced. The new interchange will be located on the Trans-Canada Highway…

September 30, 2016 @ 8:20am

The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced a $36.63 million investment for Ryerson University infrastructure. "The government's generous contribution will enable Ryerson to further enhance our research and lab facilities where our faculty and students will be encouraged to tackle complex problems, think creatively and develop new solutions and approaches,”…

September 30, 2016 @ 8:14am

In the wake of growing struggle by Bombardier to meet deadlines for delivering transit vehicles, a Toronto Star report suggests Metrolinx will consider other options for supplying the new Finch West LRT. According to the article, the consortia bidding on the Finch West LRT are allowed to “include a vehicle…

September 29, 2016 @ 9:03am

Premier Christy Clark has announced $148.5 million in provincial funding for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is an infrastructure program that will enable critical investments in local government infrastructure to get underway, specifically supporting long term benefits in the rehabilitation of water,…

September 29, 2016 @ 7:25am

CivicAction, in partnership with Deloitte, has released a report providing recommendations on how to guide infrastructure investments in Phase 2 of the federal government’s Investing in Canada program. The report, Infrastructure for Today and Tomorrow: Ensuring we get it right, consulted with municipal and provincial leaders in order to “…understand…

September 29, 2016 @ 7:09am

The City of Edmonton has identified a 25-kilometre stretch of Yellowhead Trail in need of an overhaul in order to improve vehicle traffic in the city. According to a CBC News article, the proposed improvement would cost approximately $1 billion when factoring in design, land purchase, and construction costs. The…

September 28, 2016 @ 1:01pm

A new Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) report is demonstrating how a greener built environment can combat climate change and stimulate economic growth. The report, titled Building Solutions to Climate Change: How Green Buildings Can Help Meet Canada’s 2030 Emissions Targets, outlines the CaGBC’s response to the Vancouver Declaration on…

September 28, 2016 @ 11:14am

Beothuk Energy has announced a partnership with one of the world's leading offshore wind investors, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ("CIP"), to develop, own and operate wind farms in Atlantic Canada. "Beothuk is thrilled to be in business with one of the world's leaders in renewable energy financing," said Kirby Mercer, CEO…

September 28, 2016 @ 10:17am

Prominent Vaughan citizen and entrepreneur Vic De Zen and his family have pledged $10 million to help build and equip the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – the largest donation to date from an individual to Mackenzie Health Foundation's $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign. "Vaughan is where my family was…

September 28, 2016 @ 10:14am

The preliminary program has been released for QUEST2016 Conference & Tradeshow, taking place October 17-19 in Calgary. The upcoming conference features two full days of presentations from industry leaders from across Canada and around the world, as well as a third day containing opportunities to visit Smart Energy Communities throughout…

September 28, 2016 @ 8:15am

Over the past 18 months, a review has been undertaken of the Construction Lien Act on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. The report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act, was led by construction law experts Bruce…

September 27, 2016 @ 9:15am

Ontario will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Offer Program, halting procurement of over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, wind, hydroelectric, bioenergy and energy from waste projects. This decision is expected to save up to $3.8 billion in electricity…

September 27, 2016 @ 8:56am

The City of Sarnia is struggling with its current infrastructure deficit. According to a Blackburn News article, the municipality holds $2 billion in assets and needs to replace $235.8 million worth of roads and sewers. Andre Morin, City Engineer, told the Sarnia Council’s Corporate Priorities and Strategic Planning that the…

September 27, 2016 @ 8:48am

Thunder Bay’s proposed $114.7 million event and convention centre still hopes to receive federal funding to make the project a reality. According to an article from The Chronicle Journal, the city could look to federal gas tax funds or the second phase of the Liberal infrastructure spending plan as potential…

September 27, 2016 @ 8:45am

BC Hydro has announced the four proponent teams that have been shortlisted for the generating station and spillways civil works contract for the Site C Clean Energy Project. The scope of the contract includes the construction of the civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes. The…

September 26, 2016 @ 11:40am

The Manitoba government has accepted the findings of a review conducted by the Manitoba Hydro-Electric board that assessed the financial situation of the corporation. The report also recommended the Bipole III transmission line project proceed, noting that rerouting the project is no longer considered a viable financial option, according to…

September 26, 2016 @ 7:10am

The release of the mandate letters for Ontario’s cabinet ministers shows that Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli has a tough task ahead of him. Minister Chiarelli’s mandate falls across six categories: Guiding the Province’s Historic 12-year, $160-billion Infrastructure Plan Leading the Province’s Negotiations with the Federal Government on New Infrastructure Agreements…

September 23, 2016 @ 12:40pm

The Government of Ontario has released a joint statement following the review of January 2016 incident that led to the closure of the Nipigon River Bridge. The following statement was delivered by Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and MPP for…

September 22, 2016 @ 11:15am

The giant tunnel that will house the new John Hart Generating Station has been completed. According to a CBC News report, it has taken 13 months to complete the excavation, with nearly 500 detonations needed to help efforts to remove the rock. The eight-metre wide tunnel is approximately 93 metres…

September 22, 2016 @ 7:15am

The Government of Canada is committed to providing the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy with the modern, functional facilities they need to complete important operational missions on behalf of Canadians. The Department of National Defence (DND), through Defence Construction Canada, has issued a tender that will mark the beginning…

September 22, 2016 @ 6:31am

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare and its architectural partners (Stantec Architecture, KPMB Architects, HDR Architecture and Diamond Schmitt Architects) were recognized with a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The medal is considered to be the highest recognition for architecture in Canada. Marian Walsh, CEO of Bridgepoint…

September 21, 2016 @ 11:37am

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) announced that it has joined a group of investors in the $9.6 billion acquisition of the Port of Melbourne. The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising the Future Fund, QIC, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and OMERS, was named by the Victorian Government as the successful acquirer…

September 21, 2016 @ 9:33am

Indigenous and Municipal Affairs Minister Eileen Clarke will be holding regional roundtable meetings to consult with mayors, reeves and councils on new approaches to strategic infrastructure investments. “Municipalities have told us provincial infrastructure funding needs to be more flexible to address local priorities, as well as easier to access with…

September 21, 2016 @ 8:29am

The governments of Canada and B.C. have announced a $30-million investment in a new Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University. The funding will enable TRU to build a new 5,344-square-metre Industrial Training and Technology Centre that will allow the university to expand its trades and technology programs…

September 21, 2016 @ 8:21am

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build and finance the Highway 401 Rail Tunnel project that will support the infrastructure needed to expand GO rail service on the Kitchener Corridor. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which…

September 20, 2016 @ 9:05am

The governments of Canada and Ontario announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.1 billion in combined funding available under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of this funding, amounting to almost $570 million, for projects while…

September 20, 2016 @ 6:52am

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $236.6 million in combined funding available to Canadians and their communities under two new federal programs – the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.  The federal government is providing up…

September 20, 2016 @ 6:46am

Environment Minister Scott Moe announced a wind energy project near Chaplin, approximately 85 km west of Moose Jaw, will not be approved to proceed in its proposed location. This decision was made after completing an environmental assessment process that included feedback from environmental non-government organizations (NGOs) and the public. The…

September 20, 2016 @ 6:36am

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver Campus is receiving $39.7 million from the federal government and $11.8 million from the provincial government for three projects: $44.3 million to renew and replace facilities at the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs at the Biological Sciences Complex. This investment will provide modern research…

September 20, 2016 @ 6:28am

The Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario (RPCO) have released a study on Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) reform, examining what is and isn’t working with the current land use appeal process and makes recommendations. RPCO members plan for over 80 per cent of Ontario’s population in urban and rural, northern and…

September 19, 2016 @ 2:37pm

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted teams to design, build, and finance the GO Transit station improvements on the Stouffville Corridor. The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process that began in July 2016.…

September 19, 2016 @ 11:59am

Alberta Transportation has signed an agreement with Mountain View Partners (MVP) to design, build, partially finance and operate the Southwest Calgary Ring Road project. Under the agreement, the province will fund 60 per cent of the capital construction cost, which will be paid during the five-year construction phase. MVP will…

September 19, 2016 @ 9:03am

A Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Dodge Data & Analytics report titled Healthier Buildings in Canada 2016: Transforming Building Design and Construction is revealing new information about the factors influencing Canada’s building owners, architects, designers, contractors and public health professionals in their decisions for adopting healthier building practices and…

September 15, 2016 @ 6:26am

Ontario is opening Canada's first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, providing a new travel option for commuters. The province is opening HOT lanes on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions, from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington. Vehicles with two or more occupants can still…

September 15, 2016 @ 6:14am

In its new report Unlocking Value: A Strategy to Finance Transit Expansion with Existing City Assets & Revenue, Toronto Region Board of Trade is revealing a strategy for the City of Toronto to raise up to $1-billion to fund and finance its transit and transportation infrastructure needs. If action is…

September 15, 2016 @ 6:07am

By Matti Siemiatycki, associate professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto Across Canada, governments are ramping up investments in public infrastructure as a strategy to drive economic growth and prosperity, improve the environment, and enhance social equity and inclusion. However, an inherent tension is that the current…

September 14, 2016 @ 7:17am

Public health officials in Montréal are raising concerns over the level of noise generated from nighttime construction of the Turcot Interchange. According to an article from the CBC, the study undertaken by the Direction régionale de santé publique (Regional Public Health Management) show noise levels greater than the acceptable levels…

September 14, 2016 @ 7:09am

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) has made a lead gift of $500,000 to establish an innovative research chair position in the University of Toronto's Department of Civil Engineering. Investing in and maintaining municipal infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing Canada today, and a pressing issue worldwide. The…

September 14, 2016 @ 6:56am

The continued push for the creation of the Mackenzie Valley Highway in the Northwest Territories has hit a major roadblock after the funding request review by Infrastructure Canada was put on hold. According to a CBC News article, the federal government is taking another look at the project as it…

September 14, 2016 @ 6:52am

The request for proposals stage has closed for shortlisted teams to submit bids to design, build, finance and maintain the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Phase 1C redevelopment project. Following a fair, open and transparent request for qualifications process, three shortlisted teams were invited to respond to a…

September 12, 2016 @ 8:17am

Calgary's University District has been awarded top honours for its commitment to sustainability excellence by becoming the largest residential project in Canadian history to earn LEED® for Neighbourhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum certification. "Our goal from the very beginning was to create a sustainable and vibrant community that residents felt proud…

September 12, 2016 @ 6:22am

Ameresco, Inc. announced that it has partnered with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) on a new energy savings project. The $3.9 million comprehensive energy efficiency and facility renewal project at NRC’s research facilities in Halifax, N.S. and in St. John’s, Nfld. are expected to save over $330,000 annually…

September 09, 2016 @ 10:07am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended a commercial signing ceremony in Shanghai which marked the formal establishment of a new joint venture between Hatch and the Zhongshe Baiqi Joint Investment Development Co. Ltd. The newly-formed Hatch Beijing Environment & Technology Co. Ltd. (HBET) will focus on providing solutions to some…

September 09, 2016 @ 8:39am

Brampton Transit’s launch of the Züm Queen West service has marked the final project milestone of an ongoing partnership between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Brampton. With the completion of the Züm routes, the remaining project work will include the purchase of buses,…

September 09, 2016 @ 7:42am

The Government of Canada has provided Ontario with more than $391 million for community infrastructure through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), representing the first of two annual allocations for 2016−17. In total, Ontario will be provided with more than $782 million through the fund this year. "The Gas Tax…

September 09, 2016 @ 7:09am

Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of infrastructure met in Edmonton to discuss infrastructure priorities across the country as the federal government designs Phase 2 of Investing in Canada, its $120-billion infrastructure plan. Under the bilateral agreements for Canada's Provinces and Territories, $5.4 billion of federal funding is available through Phase…

September 09, 2016 @ 7:02am

The Government of Canada will be investing just over $5 million for the restoration of an interior marshland on Île Lapierre in the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles to compensate for the loss of natural areas following construction of the new Champlain Bridge. The project will recreate the historic 1.5 hectare marsh…

September 09, 2016 @ 6:33am

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected Andrew Stevenson, Manager at ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd., to serve as President of CPWA for a two-year term (August 2016 – August 2018). CPWA serves as the voice of public works in Canada and its primary area of…

September 09, 2016 @ 6:12am

The Ryerson City Building Institute (CBI) and Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA) co-launched the Suburbs on Track report, which explores the benefits of transit-oriented communities. The report emphasizes how these communities are walkable and safe, support local businesses, generate ridership to pay for transit while providing more mobility choices and…

September 09, 2016 @ 6:03am

Over the next 10 years when the federal government aims to deliver $120 billion of infrastructure investment and boost the economy, it's important to establish a centre of excellence to support big decisions on the country's future mega-projects. So says infrastructure expert Matti Siemiatycki, University of Toronto associate professor of…

September 07, 2016 @ 8:46am

The governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $68 million in combined funding available to Nunavut communities under a new federal program - the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding - more…

September 07, 2016 @ 6:21am

Volvo Cars and Autoliv Inc. have signed a letter of intent to set up a new jointly-owned company to develop next generation autonomous driving software. The planned new company will have its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an initial workforce taken from both companies of around 200, increasing to over…

September 06, 2016 @ 1:34pm

D.F. Pray announced that Darren LeClair has joined the firm’s Toronto office as Director of Canadian Projects. In this new role, Darren will oversee the firm’s Canadian projects, working with clients, owners, and project managers on the successful completion of projects in several vertical markets. Reporting to Vice President of…

September 06, 2016 @ 6:38am

Plenary Health has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Mackenzie Health (MH) selected Plenary Health after extensive evaluations following a fair, open and transparent request for proposals process that began in June 2015. “This is…

September 02, 2016 @ 6:54am

The governments of Canada and Alberta announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.08 billion in funding available under two new federal programs – the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Alberta, which…

September 01, 2016 @ 1:03pm

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and West Park Healthcare Centre (WPHC) have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a team to design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) the facility’s hospital development project in Toronto. The development project will see the construction of a new hospital building, providing inpatient, outpatient and outreach…

September 01, 2016 @ 12:30pm

The South Red Deer Regional Wastewater System project was recently named a 2016 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project is being honoured with APWA’s Project of the Year award in the Small Cities/Rural Communities – Environment category. This award honours agencies…

September 01, 2016 @ 6:37am

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) have announced a formal partnership between the two associations. A Memorandum of Understanding, in recognition of their common interests in promoting and disseminating asset management practices in Canada was signed by John Murray, chair of…

August 31, 2016 @ 4:27pm

The City of London has released its final draft of its business case for the establishment of rapid transit in the city. Council initially directed its administration to produce a business case for rapid transit in November of 2015. Council was presented with an initial draft in February of this…

August 31, 2016 @ 12:50pm

PCL Construction Management Inc. has achieved a significant construction milestone with the substantial completion of the new $278.2 million Mosaic Stadium in Regina. “The Stadium project, as part of the larger Regina Revitalization Project, represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an iconic community gathering place in an urban entertainment district,”…

August 31, 2016 @ 12:31pm

CIMA+, one of Canada’s largest private consulting engineering firms, has announced its merger with BSEI Municipal Consulting Engineers. “We are proud to join forces with BSEI who has built a strong client-base in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. This merger is aligned with our strategic plan to expand in Western…

August 31, 2016 @ 12:01pm

The Government of Canada announced funding to support two infrastructure projects at Humber College, including $15.49 million for a project at the Centre for Technology and Innovation. The Centre will provide new space for multidisciplinary teams of students and researchers to develop innovations for energy-efficient living environments and automated industries.…

August 31, 2016 @ 11:50am

This September, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is launching new training on energy benchmarking strategies and regulation for both private and public sector stakeholders. Titled Introduction to Energy Benchmarking, and Understanding Ontario’s Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Large Buildings, these courses will introduce the general processes for accurate data collection,…

August 31, 2016 @ 11:42am

A $3 million grade raise project on Highway 3 west of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan will help reduce the risk of the road flooding for motorists travelling in the area.  Road construction is targeted to begin next week and will see a 1.2 km stretch of this provincial highway raised by nearly…

August 29, 2016 @ 8:03am

The Town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia will see upgrades to its transit service and a new residential connecting path thanks to three provincial grants. The town will receive about $4,000 to build a connecting path between Maple Drive and St. Bean Lane. The Antigonish Community Transit Society will receive a…

August 29, 2016 @ 7:48am

A decision by the Alberta government to cut the provincial contribution to infrastructure projects could prevent some builds from moving forward, including the Edmonton LRT. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the provincial government will reduce its share of the cost of joint government infrastructure projects from…

August 25, 2016 @ 8:25am

Provincial and federal government officials announced $53 million in joint funding for major rehabilitation projects for Provincial Trunk Highways (PTH) 1 and 6. This rehabilitation work will extend the life of these assets by approximately 20 years. “Each of our highways connects communities and enables economic activity across our large…

August 24, 2016 @ 8:51am

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have reached a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding for transit projects. The Government of Canada is providing Ontario with $1,486,680,000 under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, and will cover up to 50 per…

August 24, 2016 @ 7:52am

Municipal officials in Timmins are asking the provincial government to consider using the Alternative Finance and Procurement (AFP) model for the Timmins Connecting Link project. According to an article in the Timmins Press, Mayor Steve Black asked the province to consider the option for the Highway 101 project, currently slated…

August 19, 2016 @ 8:20am

Federal and territorial government officials announced the launch of the second phase of the Northwest Territories (NWT) Transportation Monitoring Program and the extension of research activities along established test sites. This project will study the effects of climate change on permafrost and transportation infrastructure. Its results will ensure that future…

August 19, 2016 @ 8:02am

The provincial and federal governments have announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $176 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Also announced was an initial list of 51 approved projects under the…

August 19, 2016 @ 7:34am

The student union at Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld. Is questioning the university’s plan to move forward with the construction of a new $325-million core sciences facility. According to an article from the CBC, representatives of the student union are questioning both the cost of the project as well…

August 19, 2016 @ 7:23am

Denmark’s Dong Energy has received government approval for Hornsea Project Two, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, 55 kilometres off the U.K. coast in the North Sea. According to an article from The Guardian, the 300-turbine project, valued at $10 billion CDN, would span more than 480 sq. km off…

August 18, 2016 @ 12:59pm

A tunnel between the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge and Highway 417 for mixed traffic is technically possible, according to a recently completed feasibility study. The City of Ottawa undertook the study with a funding contribution from the Government of Ontario to explore the tunnel option as a means of reducing truck traffic…

August 18, 2016 @ 7:37am

The redecking of the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax is on schedule, with the last deck scheduled for replacement by the end of the year. According to a CBC News report, weather delays had put the original timeline in jeopardy after poor conditions in early spring, but officials from the American…

August 18, 2016 @ 6:45am

Tunnelling is now complete on the 10-kilometre underground tunnel of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line. Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Don and Humber, boring the eastern segment tunnels, arrived at Yonge Street having travelled 3,300 metres from where they started just east of Brentcliffe Road in September 2015.…

August 17, 2016 @ 8:23am

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) and its partners continue to make progress moving toward the construction and completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge with more than $110 million in construction projects. The first phase of preparatory work includes construction of a perimeter access road at the Canadian Port of Entry…

August 17, 2016 @ 8:15am

The Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia have reached a bilateral agreement that will result in more than $238 million being invested in wastewater and public transit projects across Nova Scotia. The agreement will ensure that the harbours and rivers across Nova Scotia are pristine, that existing water…

August 16, 2016 @ 1:39pm

A report released by Move the GTHA reveals a $30 billion capital funding gap to build the regional transportation network, plus billions more needed for operations, maintenance and rehabilitation. The report entitled Are we there yet? presents a snapshot of progress to date, and the investment strategies required by 2017…

August 16, 2016 @ 10:29am

The new Royal Alberta Museum (2016 Top100 Projects #98) is one step closer to opening, as the governments of Canada and Alberta mark construction completion of the facility. Work on the new museum in downtown Edmonton began in 2013 and employed several thousand construction workers. The cost of the new…

August 16, 2016 @ 10:10am

The Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $138 million to transform the immigration detention system in Canada. The new National Immigration Detention Framework will enhance alternatives to detention and include key investments in federal detention infrastructure. In keeping with the objective to ensure that detention is a…

August 16, 2016 @ 10:05am

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) announced the 2016 CPCI Awards to deserving engineering, architectural and real estate firms who have helped advance the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry with excellence in their fields. This year’s winners were chosen by CPCI staff, the CPCI Chairman of the Board, and the…

August 11, 2016 @ 9:09am

Orion Health has announced that it has been selected by EllisDon Design Build Inc. to modernize Joseph Brant Hospital’s communication infrastructure. Powering all communications and data processing will be Orion Health’s Rhapsody Integration Engine. Designed for rapid interoperability between healthcare IT systems, Rhapsody delivers secure patient information among healthcare clinicians,…

August 10, 2016 @ 6:40am

A group of 11 Canadian associations and NGOs have joined together in a call for a national plan for creating energy efficient buildings. In a letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, the group calls for immediate action to create strong incentives to push the development of…

August 09, 2016 @ 6:31am

The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. are proud to officially announce a new partnership to deliver the 2016 Brownie Awards which, since 2001, have recognized excellence in the remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites across Canada. “It is our great pleasure to work in partnership with the…

August 08, 2016 @ 10:41am

Christian Gagnon has been removed as President and CEO of McInnis Cement. The move comes after it was revealed in a Globe and Mail report in June that the company’s project project in Port-Daniel-Gascons, Que. is facing cost overruns of $400-million to $450-million. A new Executive Committee is put in…

August 05, 2016 @ 6:17am

The Province of Manitoba is now accepting applications through a single-window application intake for cost-shared infrastructure funding for four different grant programs – the Municipal Road and Bridge Program, the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.…

August 05, 2016 @ 5:56am

Peter Kiewit Infrastructure Co. (PKIC) has been awarded a $60.6 million contract to build two overpasses at Martensville (Highway 12) and Warman (Highway 11).  PKIC, which had the greatest concentration of Saskatchewan partners in its bid, was one of three companies vying for the contract. “The overpasses will improve safety…

August 05, 2016 @ 5:51am

This is the executive summary of the recently released report “Megatrends: The Impact of Infrastructure on Ontario’s and Canada’s Future.” The report was written by Michael Fenn, whose extensive career in public service includes stints as a former Ontario deputy minister, and founding CEO of both Metrolinx and the Mississauga…

August 04, 2016 @ 6:22am

Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum recently released a joint policy paper titled Enhancing Energy Production and Environmental Outcomes through Genomics: The case for innovation, which outlines how the hydrocarbon energy sector in Canada can improve production, and environmental sustainability, through genomic research. In February, Genome Alberta and the Public Policy Forum held a day-long workshop…

June 05, 2012 @ 1:36pm

The province announced recently that work is set to begin on building the new Highway 407 East from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. The $1-billion project will create 900 direct construction jobs as well as "thousands more spin-off jobs in local companies," according to a press release.…

May 29, 2012 @ 7:43am

According to a new report released by Ontario’s public transit agency, Metrolinx, all new transit projects in Toronto will be subject to a value for money review to be conducted by Infrastructure Ontario (IO). This includes the construction of several light rail transit (LRT) lines, along with the maintenance and…

April 24, 2012 @ 10:50am

Despite industry concern after Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s comments at this March’s ROMA/OGRA Conference, Ontario has maintained its major commitments to infrastructure in Budget 2012. There may, however, be cuts in the electricity sector, while other projects in the transportation and healthcare sectors are delayed. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan…

March 27, 2012 @ 2:13pm

A 2010 government-sponsored report found that Ontarians use 164 million tonnes of aggregates per year. That number is expected to rise by 13 per cent over the next two decades, while high quality reserves diminish. With scarcity on the horizon, Ontario has faced public opposition to new digs, including a…

March 26, 2012 @ 9:11am

The City of Vancouver is launching an $800,000 pilot program to expand electric charging stations across the city. Up to 67 charging stations will be installed in various spots around the city by the end of 2013. This on the heels of Quebec's announcement that it will install 120 public charging…

February 23, 2012 @ 7:47am

“High-quality infrastructure is essential to keep our economy strong,” said CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Brock Carleton said at a meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance last December Carleton was one of a handful of representatives who spoke at the second day of hearings over…

January 05, 2012 @ 12:05pm

Aggregate Recycling Ontario (ARO) has launched a campaign to encourage the use of more recycled aggregate in infrastructure projects. The Ontario organization has made reusing the piles of concrete and asphalt generated at demolition sites and road reconstruction projects its primary goal. “There is an immediate crisis in the GTA surrounding…

December 15, 2011 @ 10:48am

Graham Steele, Nova Scotia’s minister of finance, announced on Friday that the Province will invest $610 million in more than 150 projects through its Job and Building 2012-13 Capital Plan. The investment is meant to boost the province’s economy by generating direct employment equivalent to 4,500 full-time jobs in communities…

December 15, 2011 @ 10:35am

A report released today reinforces that increased public infrastructure investment in Ontario will alleviate many future economic risks.  The report found that increased investment over the past several years is a move in the right direction. The Ontario government’s Building Together document proposes a more strategic, long-term approach to capital spending,…

December 08, 2011 @ 9:46am

With the Government of Canada’s Building Canads Plan expires in 2014, industry has been asking for continued support of infrastructure development and renewal. In response, the feds are planning an extensive round of consultations with provincial, territorial, and municipal stakeholders to evaluate the need for new infrastructure in Canada. In…

December 07, 2011 @ 12:48pm

The winners of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (CCPPP’s) 2011 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in public-private partnerships (P3s) have been announced to coincide with day one of CCPPP’s annual conference. Canadian infrastructure projects that shone in the areas of project financing, service delivery, and investment were highlighted.…

November 21, 2011 @ 9:22am

Earlier this week, the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented a position paper to the federal government calling for a National Infrastructure Strategy--it's a call that's been made before. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has long argued that the federal government needs to support infrastructure investment by developing a…

November 03, 2011 @ 10:50am

EllisDon and Cisco are building the next generation of buildings--this according to an announcement on October 4 that the two have completed the technology infrastructure for the PwC building in downtown Toronto. The new technology brings together all of the information technology systems in the building into one centralised system.…

October 05, 2011 @ 8:14am

[caption id="attachment_6314" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Photo from efinity.ca "][/caption] Belgian rail operator Infrabel and renewable energy developer Enfinity have joined forces to create a solar powered high speed rail tunnel. The three-kilometre high-speed rail tunnel from Paris to Amsterdam—which was originally built to avoid felling protected trees along the corridor—is now…

August 10, 2011 @ 7:30am

In total, Ontario's infrastructure system is valued at more than $266 billion—and the province has an infrastructure deficit estimated at more than $100 billion. But the Province has been steadily investing in infrastructure since 2003 in an attempt to narrow the infrastructure gap. Today, from the University of Ottawa, Infrastructure…

June 24, 2011 @ 8:32am

The Schulich Real Property Alumni Association (SRPAA) held an panel discussion with the theme Investing in Infrastructure at the Albany Club in Toronto on June 16. The mandate of the association is to help foster opportunities to network with other professionals and to provide informative and insightful topics related to…

June 17, 2011 @ 6:15am

If you missed FCM's annual AGM in Halifax over the last few days, you may not know that Berry Vrbanovic is FCM's new president. It now falls to him (taking over from former prez, Hans Cunningham) to comment on what our feds are up to. He may have something to…

June 06, 2011 @ 7:45am

Waterfront Toronto’s Underpass Park, part of the development of the city’s West Don Lands, is officially under construction. The urban park will make use of the space beneath the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide overpasses. "Underpass Park embodies the kind of infrastructure project the federal government stands four-square behind,” said Federal…

May 26, 2011 @ 11:33am

In a release yesterday, David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, said, "Now that [the Conservative Party] enjoys a strong majority and will no longer have to govern with the threat of being brought down on a day-to-day basis, we are looking forward to enhanced dialogue and consultation with…

May 04, 2011 @ 10:00am

The Province of Manitoba is partnering with auto manufacturer Mitsubishi to study the performance of electric vehicles (EVs) in various  weather conditions. The MOU has Mitsubishi pilot testing its new i-MiEV electric vehicles in Manitoba. It was signed on the same day the Province released its Electric Vehicle Road Map…

April 27, 2011 @ 11:38am

In today's budget the federal government committed to working with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), provinces, territories and other stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure that extends beyond the current Building Canada Plan, which ends in 2014. Details beyond a promise to work with lower-tier governments on a…

March 23, 2011 @ 6:59am

Looking to kick off a construction project? According to Vancouver's BTY Group, better now than later. A new report on construction costs across Canada shows that 2011 is the year to get solid value before pressure begins to push construction costs up again in 2012. Joe Rekab, managing partner at…

February 17, 2011 @ 12:04pm

A new U.S. organization has been formed to develop and administer a sustainability rating system for North American infrastructure. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is an independent non-profit organization was founded by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the American Society…

February 02, 2011 @ 2:18pm

At the close of the first-ever National Infrastructure Summit, hosted by the City of Regina, Mayor Pat Fiacco made it clear that he wants real deliverables out of this meeting. A working group will be formed to work on a national infrastructure strategy—a goal he talked about when ReNew Canada…

January 29, 2011 @ 12:39pm

The federal government is extending the deadline for stimulus-funded projects by one full construction season, to October 31, 2011. Throughout the year, federal ministers have been sticking to their guns,  saying the deadline is firm. But this week, several Ontario officials (including Premier Dalton McGuinty and Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli)…

December 02, 2010 @ 3:46pm

Today at the Toronto Forum for Global Cities, Ontario Premier Dalton McDuinty answered ReNew Canada's questions about recent announcements that the Ontario government will provide residents with a 10 per cent rebate on rising hydro bills. During his luncheon address, McGuinty made some awkward Harry Potter jokes in an attempt…

November 22, 2010 @ 2:01pm

Edmonton’s strategic land-use plan, The Way We Grow, has been approved, paving the way for, hopefully, a little less paving. The Municipal Development Plan will guide the City as it develops more detailed master plans for growth and development over the next 10 years. According to the City, the goal…

May 27, 2010 @ 4:47am

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced last Friday that the Province will commit $1.6 billion to the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC)—a project that the Sierra Club argues continues to advance “despite the steady and persistent decline in cross-border traffic in the Windsor-Detroit corridor dating back to 1999.” McGuinty said, “Improving…

May 03, 2010 @ 6:01am

British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta launched the New West Partnership today, creating an economic powerhouse of nine million people with a combined GDP of more than $550 billion. The three provinces will work together in unprecedented ways to build Canada’s largest interprovincial barrier-free trade and investment market. “In today’s global…

April 30, 2010 @ 2:15pm

AP  reports that the City of Vancouver is preparing to release estimates on how much the Olympic Games ended up costing the City. The report going before city council next week estimates the city spent $729.2 million on infrastructure and operations. To put that in context, the city's overall operational budget…

April 16, 2010 @ 7:16am

Nova Scotia’s Finance Minister, Graham Steele, released Budget 2010 this week, with no major new funding, but a few interesting programs, including a focus on helping farmers become more sustainable and a continued commitment to aggressive renewable energy targets. Like the other provinces, Nova Scotia is looking to return to…

April 07, 2010 @ 9:42am

"Public transit infrastructure needs for the period 2010-2014 stands at $53.5 billion," said The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) President and CEO Michael Roschlau in a release Wednesday. These findings have been published in a new infrastructure report. CUTA surveyed transit systems across the country on two dimensions: expenditures currently…

April 01, 2010 @ 7:50am

Budget 2010 announcements boasted about the success of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) and promised to stay that course as stimulus funding rolls into its second year. The Opposition has something to say about those positive vibes. After looking at the fifth report Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Liberal MPs feel…

March 18, 2010 @ 1:02pm

The federal budget, like British Columbia’s budget, tabled this week, includes initiatives aimed at helping create the next generation of skilled workers and encouraging investment in Canadian businesses. Investments include $100 million to extend a work-sharing plan that is meant to keep unemployment rates down and the elimination of all…

March 04, 2010 @ 2:57pm

Leading up to today’s budget announcement, Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean delivered the throne speech yesterday, talking mostly about Canada’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, economic growth, and the continued creation of jobs. “Our Government’s top priority is to complete the second year of Canada’s Economic Action Plan and…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:08am

British Columbia’s 2010-11 budget contains no new major infrastructure spending, but lots of promises to capitalize on the momentum generated by the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Finance Minister Colin Hansen released the budget in Victoria this week. While no new major infrastructure projects were announced, the budget does maintain investment…

March 04, 2010 @ 7:56am

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty along with Ontario's new Minister of Energy and Infrastructure  Brad Duguid wrapped up this week's OGRA/ROMA conference this morning with speeches that touched on similar points. McGuinty kept it light, talking about his Ontario roots and wacky Irish grandmother, before moving onto the controversial Samsung deal.…

February 24, 2010 @ 9:37am

Calgary City Council has approved a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the city’s West End. The downtown area will undergo a major transformation over the next 25 years. The canvas of parking lots and bus terminals is meant to become a mixed-use community. Mayor Dave Bronconnier announced Council’s decision to fund…

November 04, 2009 @ 8:17am

The federal government has announced $2.49 million in funding for two projects through Both projects are funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives program. “We’re very pleased to work with Engineers Canada and the Canadian Institute of Planners to assess how climate change will affect our infrastructure and…

October 28, 2009 @ 8:44am

Yesterday, Stephen Harper delivered his office’s third economic report since agreeing to issue quarterly reports to get the current budget approved. The federal government’s numbers show that 90 per cent of the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) has been allocated. That’s over 7,500 infrastructure and housing projects. The Liberals have…

September 29, 2009 @ 6:25am

A new report by the WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) argues that recycling concrete reduces natural resource exploitation and waste going to landfill. Recycling concrete is not a new concept, but this report is calling for “zero landfill” of concrete. [caption id="attachment_2918" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cement can be recycled or it…

July 22, 2009 @ 8:18am

Winnipeg’s infrastructure is in bad shape – but that’s no surprise. In a release late last week, Mayor Sam Katz said, “With every passing day, our roads and bridges are falling into a further state of disrepair. Our public service has confirmed what we’ve always known—that the current level of…

July 06, 2009 @ 8:35am

Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered a speech in Cambridge, Ontario-a quarterly update on his government's Economic Action Plan. "Today, I am here to announce that only 10 weeks into this fiscal year, fully 80 percent of our plan's funding has been committed and is being implemented across this country,"…

June 11, 2009 @ 9:11am

Hydroelectric transmission lines and generation in Whitehorse, Yukon, may be the first infrastructure to get funding under the federal government's $1-billion Green Infrastructure Fund, part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Brian Jean, parliamentary Secretary to John Baird, along with Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, announced yesterday that the…

June 01, 2009 @ 7:25am

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) said in a release yesterday it will add more infrastructure to its portfolio in 2010 to take advantage of opportunities caused by the global downturn. Reuters reports that the CPPIB--a fund with $105.5 billion worth of assets--is likely to invest in global stocks and…

May 29, 2009 @ 6:44am

CG/LA Infrastructure has released its list of the top 100 U.S. infrastructure projects, expected to have a fund outlay of over $465 billion over five years. Norman F. Anderson, president and CEO of CG/LA, said in a release, "These projects will form the backbone for a new, competitive U.S. economy…

May 14, 2009 @ 7:20am

Municipalities across Canada continue to come up with lists and plans to make use of federal stimulus funding—but some are finding it hard to get important infrastructure built or repaired under tight federal guidelines. The Daily Press reports that the City of Timmins, Ontario is applying to receive a government…

April 29, 2009 @ 6:55am

The first payment of $33.5 million in 2009 federal gas tax funding will be delivered to Manitoba municipalities almost three months earlier this year. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton said during an announcement yesterday, "We are pleased to see that 2009 funding has started to flow to support municipal investments…

April 28, 2009 @ 7:55am

Armtec Infrastructure Income is acquiring the assets of Groupe Tremca Inc. for around $45 million. Based in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Groupe Tremca is a manufacture of precast concrete and infrastructure products, including concrete pipes, architectural and structural elements, highway noise barriers, retaining walls and precast amenities and steps. The transaction will…

April 28, 2009 @ 7:50am

The World Bank launched two new funds that are expected to pour $55 billion over the next three years into infrastructure projects in developing countries. The aim is to keep these countries as insulated as possible from the financial crisis. World Bank and its development partners signed on to the…

April 27, 2009 @ 6:15am

The feds have released guidelines for the distribution of $4 billion in stimulus funding for infrastructure. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is part of Budget09. Funding is available for two years for projects that can get started in the 2009 construction season. The Fund will focus on the rehabilitation of existing assets and…

April 24, 2009 @ 7:22am

According to Export Development Canada (EDC) President and CEO Eric Siegel, Canada’s export credit agency is working with more companies than ever. EDC today announced its combined financing and insurance volumes reached $17.4 billion for the first fiscal quarter of this year—nearly $1 billion more than the same period in…

April 22, 2009 @ 5:34am

After a meeting with the Atlantic Mayors' Congress (AMC) this week, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly expressed some concern about how quickly the federal government is acting to get stimulus funding into municipal hands. The mayors discussed delays in the roll-out of the federal stimulus infrastructure program (they also discussed cuts…

April 21, 2009 @ 1:04pm

The National Asset Management Working Group (NAMWG) as part of the National Round Table for Sustainable Infrastructure (NRTSI) is releasing the Asset Management Government Framework for Canada. The Governance Framework was developed as a basis for asset management strategy development at the local level. While it doesn't focus specifically on how…

April 21, 2009 @ 11:23am

Yesterday the feds launched the new Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program in Kitchener, Ontario to help get what they're calling "cost-shared stimulus projects" off the ground. Municipalities will be able to access up to $2 billion in federal funding in the form of low-interest loans for infrastructure projects, administered through the…

April 20, 2009 @ 9:38am

The province of British Columbia has released an Energy Plan Report on Progress to update the public on the work that's been done since the province's Energy Plan was released in 2007. Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom said in a release, "The Energy Plan Report on Progress…

April 16, 2009 @ 9:09am

Nearly 800 Saskatchewan municipalities will get accelerated funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) funding on a per capita basis by March 31, 2009. The province is dolling out $100 million to urban, rural and northern municipalities to start construction and/or repairs on wastewater, transportation and recreational projects -…

April 09, 2009 @ 4:26am

Manitoba has somehow managed to balance its 2009 budget, increase its spending by 4.4 per cent and reduce debt payments for the year to $20 million (compared to $110 million last year). A small surplus of $54 million is forecast. Finance Minister Greg Selinger told the legislature, "Revenues are flattening…

March 27, 2009 @ 6:33am

Soon after Budget 2009 was announced, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, John Baird, addressed the Economic Club of Toronto. That same morning, panelists at a Canadian Urban Institute session expressed concern that new and retrofitted infrastructure may not take climate change into account. Keynote speaker David Pecaut (Toronto City…

February 02, 2009 @ 8:52am

When the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (ACEC) heard the federal government is concerned that the construction and engineering industries don't have the capacity to deal with all the new infrastructure work expected to come after the federal budget on January 27, they responded with a letter to Minister Flaherty.…

January 08, 2009 @ 12:42pm

A comprehensive plan for brownfield redevelopment was released this week by Environment Minister Roland Haché. "By remediating and revitalizing urban brownfield properties we are contributing to the long-term sustainability of provincial communities, stimulating economic growth, and supporting New Brunswick's progress toward self-sufficiency by 2026," Haché said. The plan targets four…

December 17, 2008 @ 7:56am

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Canada agrees that investing in infrastructure is one way to stimulate the economy. But, not surprisingly, they'd also like some funding for innovation. Under its Leaders Opportunity Fund, CFI is investing $45 million so that 312 researchers will be able to conduct research. This…

December 13, 2008 @ 6:53am

Canadian and United States mayors passed a resolution today that calls on the Canadian and U.S. national governments to prepare an urgent economic recovery package that accelerates public infrastructure investments, creates jobs and promotes a healthy and sustainable environment and economy in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region. Toronto…

December 12, 2008 @ 1:21pm

Edmonton's new Neighbourhood Renewal Program is focusing on updating infrastructure. "This three-year funding formula is designed to ensure we have the dollars necessary to more strategically manage the roads, sidewalks and streetlights that support our neighbourhoods," says Mike Koziol, general manager of Capital Construction. The complete cost for neighbourhood renewal…

December 09, 2008 @ 8:35am

The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have marked the completion of the 11.8 kilometres of twinned Highway 101 between Falmouth and Avonport, N.S. The cost to twin the section of Highway 101 was about $47 million, and it took four years to complete. Minor work, including centre-line painting and…

December 08, 2008 @ 7:56am

Government representatives were on hand to celebrate the completed of the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway in Saskatchewan today. "In 1957, Saskatchewan was the first province to complete construction of its portion of the two-lane Trans-Canada Highway," said Wayne Elhard, Minister of Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure. "Today, we are the…

December 05, 2008 @ 12:50pm

Yesterday, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty delivered a fiscal update that he told media the week before would include no special measures to help keep Canada steady in what he called "turbulent" times. "It's called a fiscal update and that's what it is," said Flaherty, "just an update." On Thursday,…

November 28, 2008 @ 8:09am

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) is proposing a new one per cent sales tax to pay for infrastructure projects across the province. If accepted by the NDP government of Premier Gary Doer, the levy would be added to the existing five per cent federal GST and seven per cent…

November 18, 2008 @ 12:28pm

[caption id="attachment_1648" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Canada Line at the YVR."][/caption] B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, as well as other government representatives and project partners, was one of the first passengers on a trial run of the Canada Line from Bridgeport Station to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Station today. "The Canada Line…

November 12, 2008 @ 2:10pm

Ottawa city staff is recommending delaying $84-million in major road projects, including construction on Highway 174 between Blair Road and St. Joseph Boulevard, reports the Ottawa Business Journal. The decision follows a series of public consultations, an 'affordability analysis' and a decision to prioritize transit infrastructure over road investments, the…

November 12, 2008 @ 12:10pm

Provincial and territorial premiers met today with Prime Minister Harper today at an economic forum to address what's being called a global economic meltdown. They're calling on the federal government to speed up infrastructure investments--and that means allowing money already promised to flow--as a way of strengthening the economy. At…

November 10, 2008 @ 1:55pm

On November 13, 2008, an estimated 50,000 participants and volunteers from corporations, organizations, and universities around the world will focus on a common global concern-transportation usability and its impact on our environment. World Usability Day 2008 will launch the Global Transport Challenge to help individuals measure their everyday travel usage;…

November 10, 2008 @ 1:43pm

Nova Scotians benefitted from of about 475 kilometres of newly paved roads during the 2008 construction season. The paving was part of $374.7 million invested in the fiscal year 2008-09 for paving and road construction, building and repairing bridges, and filling potholes. The total represents a 15 per cent increase…

November 07, 2008 @ 2:35pm

The GENIVAR Income Fund has acquired three consulting engineering firms: Les Consultants GENIPLUS Inc., Nageco Inc. and Consumaj Estrie Inc. GENIPLUS specializes in structural engineering and bridge infrastructure; Nageco works in municipal infrastructure and structural engineering, while Consumaj Estrie specializes in municipal infrastructure, civil engineering and environment. GENIPLUS and Nageco…

November 07, 2008 @ 1:28pm

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is advocating infrastructure spending as a "recession-busting" tool. A study by economic forecasting firm, Informetrica Ltd., released today by FCM, compares the stimulus impact of $1 billion in tax cuts (personal and excise tax) to the same amount in accelerated infrastructure investment. The study…

November 06, 2008 @ 1:33pm

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is reminding the new Quebec government that infrastructure is one of its three top priorities, which also include focuses on talent and SMEs. "Both Quebec and Montreal have significant needs in terms of the renewal and development of their infrastructures. In today's economic…

November 06, 2008 @ 1:18pm

Ontario has the best transportation system in Canada while British Columbia and Newfoundland have the worst, according to a new peer-reviewed study that compares the transportation infrastructure of the 10 Canadian provinces released today by independent research organization the Fraser Institute. Ontario is followed closely by Nova Scotia in second…

October 23, 2008 @ 7:06am

The Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund L.P. has completed the remediation and sale of the 11-acre former brownfield property on South Sheridan Way in Mississauga, Ontario. The redevelopment of the property involved the demolition of the vacated 180,000 sq. ft. purpose-built manufacturing facility, the remediation of impacted soil and groundwater to…

October 20, 2008 @ 9:05am

Enersource Corporation officially dedicated a municipal substation today in Streetsville, Ont. in honour of Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion's 38 years of service as a utility commissioner and board member. Enersource chair Norm Loberg lauded her achievements today at a celebration to dedicate the substation facility to the mayor. "Mayor McCallion…

October 16, 2008 @ 1:07pm

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), one of Canada's largest pension funds, now has a presence in London, UK. The London office will have a 20-member team, including OMERS investment professionals in real estate, infrastructure, private equity and capital markets. As relationships are formed and new investment opportunities are…

October 15, 2008 @ 12:21pm

Today, FCM President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., issued the following statement on the federal election result: "On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the new Government of Canada, and all those elected to serve in the next Parliament.…

October 15, 2008 @ 12:13pm

Export Development Canada (EDC) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Banco de Poupança e Crédito (BPC) to facilitate Canadian participation in upcoming infrastructure projects in Angola. "EDC's partnership with BPC will help facilitate the already substantial pipeline of business between the Angolan government and Canadian companies…

October 14, 2008 @ 8:01am

Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx addressed the crowd at a Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance session (International Leaders Breakfast Club) as what he called a warm-up before his big press conference today. Metrolinx is releasing their long-awaited plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTAH). The Big Move: Transforming Transportation…

September 23, 2008 @ 10:59am

Most Nova Scotians are satisfied with their provincial highways system, a survey shows. "We are happy that our motorists continue to be pleased with our work. We'll use the findings of the survey to help us continue to improve our highway programs and services," Murray Scott, minister of transportation and…

September 12, 2008 @ 9:17am

Toronto, Ont.-A new report released by the David Suzuki Foundation with support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has found that Ontario's Greenbelt contributes $2.6 billion worth of non-market ecological services to the province each year, an average value of $3,487 per hectare. "[This figure] is a good reminder…

September 10, 2008 @ 12:24pm

Ottawa, Ont.-Yesterday, the federal government announced $24.4 million in joint funding to support economic and community projects-including three new community halls, one new community arena, three energy efficiency upgrades, a community hall retrofit and a job training program-in Nunavut communities. The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund assists smaller communities across Canada…

September 05, 2008 @ 11:50am

The federal government, under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, is investing $3.5 million in two road projects in Prince George, B.C. This represents a joint investment in excess of $7 million with the City of Prince George. Richard Harris, MP for Cariboo-Prince George, made the announcement yesterday on behalf…

September 03, 2008 @ 7:51am

Over the past week or so, our friends at Spacing magazine have covered the unveiling of Toronto's new  pedestrian "scramble" intersection at Yonge-Dundas Square. Today, Spacing's publisher Matthew Blackett teamed up with photoblogger Sam Javanrouh to create a time-lapse video of the new intersection. Check out the video here. ReNew…

August 29, 2008 @ 1:59pm

Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities today announced the selection of QGI, an Edmonton consulting company, to conduct the first two projects for the rail freight service review, following an RFP issued July 24, 2008. The rail freight review, which will be conducted in two stages, may take…

August 29, 2008 @ 12:11pm

Claymore Investments, Inc. is launching the Claymore Global Infrastructure ETF (CIF). The CIF has been designed to replicate the performance of the MFC Global Infrastructure Index, net of expenses. The MFC Global Infrastructure Index seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing in companies in the infrastructure sector based on…

August 28, 2008 @ 10:09am

More news from Premier Dalton McGuinty's $1.1 billion announcement at the AMO earlier this week. Yesterday, the AMO welcomed the signing of the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, which will flow more than $724 million in infrastructure funding to rural and small urban municipalities across Ontario. Under the…

August 27, 2008 @ 10:58am

Aecon Group Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract totaling approximately $31.5 million for the re-development of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Under the contract, Aecon will build a new 58,000 square foot multi-level wing addition to the hospital. Also included…

August 27, 2008 @ 6:54am

The Ontario government is investing an additional $1.1 billion in municipal infrastructure to improve roads and bridges, expand public transit and build other municipal projects. The increase in infrastructure funding, which may create as many as 11,000 short-term jobs, comes as a result of the government passing the Investing in…

August 25, 2008 @ 1:17pm

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission issued two documents late last week-the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines and the Joint Review Panel (JRP) Agreement-related to the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant Project, located in Kincardine, Ontario. The EIS guidelines will help Bruce…

August 25, 2008 @ 7:20am

Yet another study has confirmed that Canada's infrastructure is in trouble, and that the country's competitiveness and productivity depends on increased investment in our public infrastructure. According to a new study, "Infrastructure Investment: The Foundation of Canadian Competitiveness," released by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, investment in public…

August 22, 2008 @ 7:31am

The SNC-Lavalin and Sinclair Knight Merz Joint Venture (SSJV) have been awarded a contract worth approximately CAN $92 million (AUD $94 million) to provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the major sustaining projects for Rio Tinto Alcan's 550,000 tpa Boyne Smelter in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. The scope…

August 21, 2008 @ 9:33am

[caption id="attachment_841" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Jeffrey Steiner, president and CEO of TEDCO and Ken Ferguson, president of FILMPORT lead a tour of one of the new sound stages. Click for larger image."][/caption] Phase 1 of the FILMPORT, Toronto's new $90-million film district and home of the largest purpose-built sound stage in…

August 20, 2008 @ 1:27pm

During his visit to Rimouski today, Lawrence Cannon, minister of transport, infrastructure and communities, announced a $7.3 million investment in the ports of Rimouski and Matane. The invested funds will go toward different repairs that will maintain the safety of the facilities and keep the ports in optimal operating condition.…

August 20, 2008 @ 11:56am

Hydro-Québec announced today that it is investing $1.9 billion to refurbish Gentilly-2 nuclear generating station in Bécancour. Refurbishing the 675-megawatt plant will extend its operation until about 2040, allowing Hydro-Québec to keep a reliable asset that contributes significantly to the stability of its power grid. This generating facility, in commercial…

August 19, 2008 @ 9:42am

The federal government says it's serious about replacing Montreal's Champlain bridge and that a new bridge could save between $10 million and $30 million in annual maintenance costs, reports CBC News. The 46-year-old bridge connecting Montreal to the South Shore is expensive to repair, and that money could be put…

August 19, 2008 @ 9:26am

The GENIVAR Income Fund announced today its acquisition of Henderson Paddon & Associates Limited, an Ontario-based civil engineering and environmental consulting firm. "This acquisition allows us to consolidate our municipal infrastructure, transportation and building engineering expertise," said Pierre Shoiry, GENIVAR's president and CEO. "We intend to keep expanding our multidisciplinary…

August 18, 2008 @ 9:10am

A three-year initiative to design and engineer Canada's first near-zero emission thermal power plant reached a milestone last week when EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) selected Siemens Fuel Gasification Technology GmbH & Co. KG (Siemens) as the technology provider for the design of a coal gasification facility. The selection is the…

August 18, 2008 @ 8:35am

The governments of Canada and Ontario, in partnership with the County of Essex, today announced the start of construction for the widening of Essex County Road 22 from Lakeshore Boulevard to Patillo Road. This project is one of several projects under the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy. Funding for this…

August 15, 2008 @ 9:23am

Ontarians' ideas have shaped new rules for the expansion of the Greenbelt's boundaries. These new criteria, released yesterday, will be used to assess municipal requests to expand the Greenbelt, helping to grow and further protect more forests, wetlands and farmlands. Municipalities can seek guidance from the province before submitting their…

August 14, 2008 @ 8:38am

Acorn Energy, Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Coreworx Inc. (formerly Software Innovation Inc.) of Kitchener, Ontario, provider of the Coreworx suite, a software tool for capital project information management and collaboration. Coreworx is currently utilized to help manage the construction of capital projects, including offshore oil…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:55am

Pure Technologies Ltd., a company involved in the development and application of technologies for inspection, monitoring, and management of physical infrastructure, recently hosted an international workshop on asset management and loss prevention strategies for buried pipelines. Over seventy-five participants from nine countries representing water agencies, consultants, and oil and gas…

August 14, 2008 @ 7:35am

After September 2006's De La Concorde overpass tragedy and following thorough inquiry, Transport Quebec isn't taking any chances. Last Thursday night officials closed the bridge while repairs were made, and now, after finding a second crack in the 50-year-old structure on Sunday, it has been closed to all traffic. Transport…

May 12, 2008 @ 12:09pm

At the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' conference in Ottawa today, Liberal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion promised his government would invest any unanticipated surplus that exceeds a $3-billion contingency fund towards the infrastructure deficit facing Canada. “This new approach is nothing less than a contract between a Liberal government and the…

February 15, 2008 @ 7:23am

Applications are now being accepted for nominations for the 2007 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. The awards, run through the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, honour P3s that benefit the public interest in infrastructure projects or service delivers. Awards are given in four different catergories: Project…

July 19, 2007 @ 1:47pm