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Federal government commits $1.8 billion to Regional Express Rail

March 31, 2017 -

The federal government has announced that it will invest more than $1.8 billion in the GO Transit Regional Express rail project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. The funding announced is through the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. Along with the province’s...

Tags: GO, Kathleen Wynne, Metrolinx, Ottawa, Regional Express Rail, RER, transit

New justice centre coming to Red Deer

March 30, 2017 -

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...

Tags: Alberta, courthouse, Infrastructure, justice, public spaces, Red Deer

May 16–18, 2017: Future Building 2017

March 30, 2017 -

Location: EY Centre, Ottawa, Ont. Organization: Ontario Construction Secretariat Website:

B.C. investing in new BCIT Health Sciences Centre

March 30, 2017 -

The Ministry of Advanced Education is providing $66.6 million and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is providing $11.7 million towards the four-storey, 10,355 square metre (111,460 square-feet) new Health Sciences Centre for Advanced Simulation (HSCAS). The new $78.3 million centre...

Tags: B.C., BCIT, education, health care, health sciences, institute, technology

Bell investing $854 million in Montreal broadband infrastructure

March 29, 2017 -

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...

Tags: Bell, broadband, Denis Coderre, Fibre, Infrastructure, internet, Montreal

Ottawa should tap third-party sources for infrastructure funding: report

March 29, 2017 -

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...

Tags: Benjamin Dachis, C.D. Howe Institute, Federal Government, Infrastructure, Ottawa, pension funds, pension plans

Consortium files lawsuit over Champlain Bridge project

March 29, 2017 -

The consortium responsible for the construction of the Champlain Bridge has launched a $124 million lawsuit against the federal government. According to an article from the CBC, the lawsuit alleges that consortium was not told that the existing bridge could not support the weight needed to allow certain...

Tags: Champlain bridge, Infrastructure Canada, lawsuit, Montreal, SMC-Lavalin

B.C. commits $113 million to Trans-Canada expansion project

March 29, 2017 -

The British Columbia government has committed $113 million in its share of funding for Phase 2 of the Trans-Canada Six-Laning – Fraser Valley Project. This project is building off of Phase 1 of the project, which is already underway. Crews are mobilizing, and soon will start work to six-lane the...

Tags: B.C., highway, Langley, Trans-Canada, transportation

Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line construction completed

March 29, 2017 -

The Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) achieved a major milestone on March 16, 2017 as the last two splice locations were installed, officially completing the construction of the 1,154 km fibre line between Inuvik and High Level, Alberta. With this, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)...

Tags: Alberta, Fibre, High Level, Inuvik, Ledcor, Mackenzie Valey, Nunavut, Optic

Quebec prioritizes transit in 2017 budget

March 29, 2017 -

The Quebec Government has released its 2017-18 budget, with a strong focus on transit as part of its 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan. In total, the government of Quebec has committed to a $91.1 billion overall budget for the 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan. The government will provide significant...

Tags: budget, bus, CDPQ Infra, Montreal Blue Line, Quebec, RBS, REM, transit

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