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Government of Canada releases carbon pricing plan

Posted on October 4, 2016
The Government of Canada has proposed its pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018. In order to accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, while providing greater certainty and predictability to Canadian businesses. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing: they can put a direct price on carbon [...]

Steady growth for Canadian LEED certified projects in second quarter of 2016

Posted on July 21, 2016
The Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw steady growth for both LEED registered and certified projects in the second quarter of 2016, with 81 certifications and 106 registrations between April 1 and June 30. The current, cumulative total of LEED certified projects across the country now sits at 2,757. This ongoing growth in LEED certification continues to solidify Canada as an international leader in green building, with building owners and operators of all types embracing sustainability as both an actionable solution to climate change, and a smart [...]

Government of Canada Extends Provisions for Rail in the Canada Transportation Act

Posted on June 17, 2016
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced this week that the Government of Canada is postponing for one year the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act that were enacted in 2014 by the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. The postponement was made possible following approval of the House of Commons and the Senate. Postponing the repeal of the provisions until August 2017 will allow the various participants in the freight rail supply [...]

Canada Green Building Council and Urban Green to Deliver Green Professional Building Skills Training Across Canada

Posted on May 26, 2016
Responding to the growing demand for skilled workers in the green building field, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Urban Green Council (the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council) have announced a strategic partnership to bring Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) to professionals across Canada. Geared at trade professionals, Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) consists of a series of courses and certificate exams developed by Urban Green Council that aim to close the gap between conventional and sustainable [...]

RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Information About Canadian Views On Water Infrastructure

Posted on May 25, 2016
RBC has released its 9th annual Water Attitudes Study, conducted by GlobeScan this spring, providing important information on the perspectives of Canadians pertaining to drinking water, wastewater, rate setting, and water infrastructure. Since 2008, the Water Attitudes Study has provided the only comprehensive, national study of the motivations, beliefs, and (in some cases) the ignorance of Canadians regarding water resources and management in Canada. New questions for 2016 revealed perspectives on water infrastructure. When asked,”Which one, if [...]

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel Named

Posted on May 17, 2016
The federal Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, today announced that Kim Baird, Tony Penikett and Annette Trimbee will comprise the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel to assist in the government in its decisions regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (TMX). The panel is tasked with engaging communities and local indigenous groups and reviewing feedback that will be provided online regarding the project and project-related issues. As part of the government's plans for modernization of the NEB, it has implemented [...]

Burns & McDonnell Expands Into Canada Adding 500 Jobs and a Toronto Office

Posted on May 12, 2016
Global engineering, procurement, and construction firm Burns & McDonnell was recently awarded a contract with Hydro One to provide construction program management services during the next five to seven years. The company plans to expand its operations by adding a new office in Toronto and hiring 500 new Canadian employees by 2020. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to utilize our expertise to further expand our profile in Canada,” said Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “As the largest utility provider in Ontario, Hydro [...]

Guide Helps Reduce GHG Impact of Construction Projects

Posted on May 4, 2016
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has a new guide on how to lower the environmental impact and cost of construction projects, Improving Green Building Construction in North America: Guide to Integrated Design and Delivery, which promotes better green building practices. Buildings in North America are major consumers of electricity and water and contribute an estimated 35 per cent of the continent’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although the building sector offers cost-effective opportunities for reducing GHG emissions, only a [...]

Infrastructure Spending to Drive Construction Growth

Posted on April 29, 2016
Nearly 60 per cent of Canadian construction professionals in a recent survey expect infrastructure activity to drive growth in construction output over the coming year—perhaps encouraged by the Liberal government’s first budget, which promised a rise in such spending over the course of Parliament and coming years. The results were reported in the RICS Canadian Construction Market Survey for the first quarter of 2016. “Overall, the market is steady, and I’m optimistic about upcoming government spending on infrastructure,” said Grant Mercer, director [...]

Stantec to Acquire MWH Global for $1.04B

Posted on March 31, 2016
Stantec Inc. has announced a merger with Broomfield, Colorado-based MWH Global—the biggest deal in the engineering and infrastructure design consulting company’s 62-year history. The Edmonton-based firm announced that the all-cash deal with MWH Global, was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and that Stantec will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of MWH for a purchase price of US$793 million (Cdn$1.04 billion). MWH is a s a global water and natural resources firm, providing technical engineering [...]
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