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Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

Posted on November 22, 2015
Written by Stuart Galloway

Demystifying the notion all debt is bad in the space of public infrastructure.

Debt for all sectors is an essential, accepted form of good business, particularly for big-ticket items such as infrastructure. Good debt assists in the generation of income and (generally) increases the net worth of the responsible entity. This discussion paper outlines the burgeoning crisis facing [...]

What a Difference $50 Billion Makes

Posted on November 17, 2015
Written by Robin Somerville

Research show a Canada-wide infrastructure program would generate significant return on investment, boost productivity, and increase competitiveness.

Media reports of crumbling and even dangerous public infrastructure have become commonplace. Large sinkholes now routinely disrupt life in Canada’s largest cities. Many critical bridges and highways need immediate attention. And traffic gridlock in urban centres underscores the need for major investment [...]

Partnering for Success

Posted on November 10, 2015
Written by Ehren Cory

This year’s track record report demonstrates strong P3 performance in Ontario.

Ten years ago, Infrastructure Ontario was created to manage the province’s largest, most complex capital projects by using the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model to improve on-budget and on-time delivery. Since then, one of its core principles has been to create more openness and transparency [...]

The Next Procurement Evolution

Posted on October 22, 2015
Written by Richard Shaban and Richard Yehia

Competitive dialogue has arrived in Canada, providing bidders an opportunity to showcase innovative project proposals—but there are legal risks to be considered.

“Competitive dialogue” is a term that, a few short years ago, would likely not have meant much to most Canadian infrastructure procurement practitioners. While competitive dialogue has been used for the procurement of goods, services, and infrastructure in Europe since at least 2004, and was expressly [...]

Off Target

Posted on October 19, 2015
Written by Clémentine Sallée

New program works to promote equal access for women in Quebec’s construction industry.

Construction is a male-dominated industry. Women interested in the trade not only face discrimination in training, access to employment, and job assignments, but they are often victims of sexual and psychological harassment. At the same time, work-life balance and health-and-safety policies adapted to [...]

The New Urban Normal

Posted on October 15, 2015
Written by Marcy Burchfield and Anna Kramer

New research uncovers the new reality of population patterns and urban planning challenges faced by Metro Vancouver and Toronto over the past 20 years. Do Canada’s big cities have room to grow?

Long-term efforts to build sustainable city-regions are rooted in attempts to slow down sprawl by building more compact communities that can be served effectively by transit. Two of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing city-regions—Metro Vancouver and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)—have [...]

Get Smart

Posted on October 13, 2015
Written by Pam MacGillivray

Solving the age-old dilemma of limited budgets and aging infrastructure with smart modernization strategies for water and wastewater operators.

Water and wastewater operators across Canada are facing a challenging business environment. As with managers across many industries, they are being asked to do more with increasingly scarce resources. With fewer employees and extremely limited budgets, it is not surprising that many communities are hesitant [...]

Planning for Uncertainties

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Nathanael Couperus and Natalija Fisher

Canadian municipalities should see the opportunities in stormwater management—not only the threats.

Cities across Canada are looking for solutions to reduce their vulnerabilities to infrastructure deficits, rapid urban growth, and climate change. Planning for uncertainties requires a diverse portfolio of solutions to decrease the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater entering local drainage [...]

A Tale of Three Cities

Posted on October 7, 2015
Written by Saul Chernos

Raised expressways nearing the end of their life cycle ramp up debates about urban planning.

Toronto Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway runs over-top the downtown core, uncomfortably close to the city’s waterfront, and has long been deteriorating, much to the consternation of pedestrians and motorists underneath who periodically dodge falling bits and pieces. After decades of heated debate [...]

Canada’s P3 Landscape

Posted on September 29, 2015
Written by David Caplan

Canada is seen as a global leader in the adoption of the P3 model, but there is a range of project-funding approaches being rolled out across the country.

Infrastructure has at last become sexy—in political circles at least. With a yawning infrastructure gap and votes to play for in the upcoming federal election, promises of infrastructure investments and ideas for funding them are eating up column inches like never before. Infrastructure was once [...]
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