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Construction workers on strike in Quebec

Posted on May 25, 2017
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 put a stop to work being done across the province. In the ongoing dispute, issues surrounding scheduling, salaries, and consistency of work have been cited as sticking points in the negotiations. There has been some discussion as to whether [...]

Toronto moving forward with future transit plans

Posted on May 25, 2017
Toronto City Council has approved a plan to continue preliminary work the next phase of its multi-billion-dollar transit system expansion. The plan includes moving forward with two projects: the Downtown Relief Line and the extension of Line 1 on Yonge Street. The Downtown Relief Line, with current cost estimates of between $6.5 billion and $7 billion, has been identified as the number one transit priority for the City of Toronto. The line would relieve crowding on Line 1, which is expected to reach maximum capacity by 2031. The relief line, in its [...]

Corner Brook LTC project moves to RFP

Posted on May 25, 2017
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the teams that have been identified to move forward to the second-stage, Request for Proposals (RFP), for the procurement of a new long-term care facility in Corner Brook. The shortlisted teams are: Corner Brook Care Partnership Plenary Group Marco Services Ltd. Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. Smith and Anderson Consulting Engineering WSP Canada Inc. G. J. Cahill (1979) Ltd. Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc. Infraworks Concert Infrastructure Ltd. Bird Capital Limited [...]

Metrolinx files appeal over Bombardier decision

Posted on May 25, 2017
Metrolinx is appealing a court decision that has prevented them cancelling a $770-million contract with Bombardier for light rail vehicles (LRVs). According to an article from the Toronto Star, the notice of appeal follows last month’s decision from an Ontario judge, which stated that Metrolinx must go through a dispute resolution process with Bombardier rather than cancel the contract outright. Bombardier has stated publicly that it still plans to meet its commitment to deliver the light rail vehicles in time for the opening of the Eglinton LRT in [...]

Peel Region receives $103 million for water infrastructure

Posted on May 24, 2017
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 government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—over $34 million, and the recipient will provide the balance of funding. Thanks to this investment, residents in the Region of Peel will benefit from a number of sewage pumping stations [...]

RFP closed for Cooksville Station project

Posted on May 24, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the Cooksville Station project, part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Following the request for qualifications process, two teams - EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kenaidan Obayashi Transit Partner - were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in January 2017. Both teams have submitted their proposals by the deadline. Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals [...]

Ontario government to investigate high speed rail corridor

Posted on May 19, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced that it will spend $15 million on an environmental assessment (EA) to determine the feasibility of a high speed rail line in southwestern Ontario. The proposed line would run from Toronto to Windsor, with potential stops at Pearson International Airport, as well as in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Chatham-Kent, and Windsor. The announcement was made by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in London, who suggested that the project is needed, in part, because Ontario is “outgrowing our current transportation network.” The [...]

Bidders selected for Brockville General Hospital redevelopment

Posted on May 18, 2017
Five companies have been invited to compete for the contract to build and finance the Brockville General Hospital Redevelopment Project. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Brockville General Hospital, began June 2015. This process identified five teams with the construction and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. The prequalified teams invited to submit proposals for the project are: EllisDon Corporation M. Sullivan and Son, Ltd. PCL Constructors Canada [...]

Ontario to overhaul land use planning appeals system

Posted on May 17, 2017
Ontario is taking action to overhaul the province's land use planning appeals system to give communities a stronger voice and ensure people have access to faster, fairer, and more affordable hearings. In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which would, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board. The new tribunal would be mandated to give greater weight to the decisions of local communities, while ensuring that development and growth occurs in a way that is good for Ontario and its future. This [...]

Pilot projects announced for CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard

Posted on May 17, 2017
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada, will be formally released on May 29 in Vancouver. Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to [...]
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