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Governments commit funding to downtown relief line

Posted on June 5, 2017
The governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto announced a joint commitment to plan and design the relief line transit project in downtown Toronto. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada will be providing more than $27 million to support the planning and preliminary design of a relief line, a future rapid transit line that would relieve overcrowding on the Yonge Subway Line, and provide riders with more travel options. Ontario is providing over $150 million to advance planning and design work for the relief line as part [...]

Alta. invests $100m in transport infrastructure

Posted on June 1, 2017
Alberta will fund 87 municipal road, bridge, and community airport projects in 50 communities through 2017–18. Budget 2017 includes $100 million in Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) funding over three years—with more than $37 million approved for projects in 2017–18—for municipal infrastructure, including local road bridges, resource roads, and community airports in rural Alberta. The 2017–18 investment is expected to support more than 200 jobs across the province as approved projects get underway. “STIP funding helps [...]

Innovative asset management system awarded in Waterloo, Ont.

Posted on June 1, 2017
The City of Waterloo initiated an ambitious program to establish an integrated approach to stimulate asset management throughout the organization, and the innovative approach was selected for a national award by the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM). The city’s program won the CNAM Tereo Award, which recognizes excellence in developing and implementing asset management approaches and significant improvements in business performance through the use of asset management tools and techniques or approaches. Tereo is Greek for to watch over or to attend [...]

Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital project receives $50 million donation

Posted on May 31, 2017
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) to announce a $50 million donation and a new name for the children’s hospital and the foundation. The largest-ever gift of money to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan was made by the Jim Pattison Foundation. In honour of this generous donation, the hospital will be named the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. The CHFS will also be renamed the Jim Pattison Children’s Foundation. Jim Pattison is a Vancouver-based businessman and philanthropist [...]

Quebec adopts law sending construction labourers back to work

Posted on May 31, 2017
The Government of Quebec has announced the adoption of project law No. 142 by the National Assembly of Quebec, An Act to ensure the resumption of work in the construction industry and dispute settlement for the renewal of collective agreements. On May 31, construction workers will resume work on construction sites. The labor and management parties are also required to continue discussions with a view to concluding new negotiated agreements in the four sectors of industry. They will be accompanied by mediators appointed by the Minister. "We recognize [...]

Site selected for new Edmonton hospital

Posted on May 30, 2017
The Government of Alberta has announced the selection of the site for a new state-of-the-art hospital to be built in the City of Edmonton. The province has committed $400 million over four years to the project. With a projected 350 to 500 beds, the new hospital will provide expanded health-care delivery to a city that is seeing some of the highest population growth in the country. Southwest Edmonton has seen significant growth in recent years and this trend is expected to continue through to 2030. Over the next decade, the largest growth rate of seniors [...]

Focus on energy efficiency in water, wastewater systems: ECO

Posted on May 30, 2017
Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems use unnecessarily large amounts of energy. Thankfully, there is a huge opportunity to reduce the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of delivering these services to residents. That was the message delivered by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), at the release of her new report, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use. Every Drop Counts, volume one of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, looks at the energy use, greenhouse [...]

Hamilton submits updated LRT study

Posted on May 29, 2017
The City of Hamilton has submitted an updated plan for its light rail transit system, following council support of extending the route to Eastgate Square. According to an article from the Hamilton Spectator, the submission of the new environmental assessment for provincial approval leads for a 30-day window for feedback from the public. Originally, the plan for the Hamilton LRT was to run along Main Street east to Queenston Circle. However, Hamilton City Council supported a motion that would see the line extended three kilometres east to Eastgate Sqaure. The [...]

Ottawa, Gatineau sign inter-provincial transit agreement

Posted on May 29, 2017
Mayors Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin announced an agreement between Ottawa and Gatineau that will better integrate the regional transit network. This agreement, a first in the history of the two cities, will help ensure efficient connections between the two transit systems when the O-Train’s Confederation Line begins service. It will also help achieve the two cities’ transit objectives and meet the needs of users on both sides of the Ottawa River. In addition to addressing the City of Ottawa’s long-standing concern over the volume of bus traffic [...]

Final winter construction completed on Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway

Posted on May 26, 2017
The last winter construction season of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH) has concluded. The work consisted of completing the final two bridges, as well as crushing and stockpiling surface gravel. Construction this summer season will focus on grading, packing, and shaping the base of the highway in preparation for gravel surfacing. Signage and guardrails will be installed this fall. The ITH is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2017. Upon opening, it will be the first public highway to the Arctic Ocean, connecting Canada coast to coast to coast [...]
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