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Alta. county invests 59 per cent of capital spending in roads

April 20, 2017 -

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...

Tags: AB, Alta., capital expenditures, Infrastructure, Roads, transport

Report: Sell municipal hydro assets to free capital for infrastructure

April 20, 2017 -

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...

Tags: Asset Management, asset value, capital, critical infrastructure, Infrastructure, priority infrastructure

May 18, 2017: Public Works Connects Us

April 19, 2017 -

Location: Mississauga Grand Banquet Centre, Mississauga, Ont. Organization: Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Website:

Prov. approves special authority to investigate Manitoba Hydro

April 19, 2017 -

The Manitoba government has passed an Order in Council (OIC) providing the Public Utilities Board (PUB) with special authority to access information on Manitoba Hydro’s financial health, capital expenditure plans, cost overruns, and asset values during the process of the 2017–18 General Rate Application...

Tags: Asset Management, asset risk, asset value, Man., MB

City of Burlington announces new director of transit

April 19, 2017 -

After an extensive search and evaluation of highly qualified candidates, the City of Burlington has announced Sue Connor as their new director of Burlington Transit. Ms. Connor began her career in 1976 working for Canada Post, moving quickly through the ranks of the government agency over the next...

Tags: transit, transit infrastructure, transport

$37M in funding for Manitoba water & wastewater projects

April 18, 2017 -

The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced investment in provincial infrastructure as they continue to develop modern, reliable water and wastewater services. The governments perceive these investments as safeguarding public health and well-being, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving...

Tags: drinking water, inrastructure, sewage, wastewater

$40M interchange builds local economy, $4B economic opportunity

April 17, 2017 -

The Government of Alberta, the City of Calgary, and Brookfield Residential are working together to build a new interchange at Deerfoot Trail (Highway 2) and 212 Avenue SE. The interchange off Alberta’s busiest highway will provide a new access point for the south Calgary neighbourhoods of Cranston...

Tags: Alberta, Alta., highway, Highway 2, region, Roads, transport

The opportunity is what's exciting

April 4, 2017 -

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna was excited. Speaking to a room full of infrastructure, finance, and cleantech professionals from across Canada at GLOBE Capital in Toronto, McKenna was enthusiastic as she shifted her talk from the risks of climate change to the opportunity...

Site C's Turbine and Generator Contractor Has Mobilized to the Site

April 4, 2017 -

Yesterday, BC Hydro’s Site C project reached a milestone as the turbines and generators contractor, Voith Hydro Canada, mobilized to the construction site. Voit, which was awarded the $470-million contract in March 2016, will design, supply, and install six vertical axis, Francis-style turbines...

Tags: British Columbia, generation, hydroelectric, power, power generation, site c

McCuaig leaves Metrolinx, joins Canada Infrastructure Bank

March 28, 2017 -

Bruce McCuaig is leaving his position as president and CEO of Metrolinx. After 6 1/2 years at the helm of the Crown agency responsible for the integration of transportation and transit in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, McCuaig has accepted a post at the Privy Council office as an Executive Adviser...

Tags: Metrolinx

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