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Canada launches negotiations for long-term infrastructure funding

Posted on July 6, 2017
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi has officially sent letters to his provincial and territorial counterparts, as well as to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to provide additional details about the Government of Canada’s long term infrastructure plan and to open negotiations to reach bilateral agreements with each province and territory. The funding provided through these bilateral agreements will improve commutes by supporting public transit systems, make our communities healthy and livable through green infrastructure investments [...]

Fukakusa named board chair for Canadian Infrastructure Bank

Posted on July 6, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced that Janice Fukakusa has been selected as the inaugural chairperson of the board for the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Ms. Fukakusa is a corporate director and former chief administrative officer and chief financial officer of Royal Bank of Canada, from which she retired in January 2017 following a distinguished 31-year career. Ms. Fukakusa currently serves on the boards of a number of corporate and not-for-profit organizations, including Cineplex, General Growth Properties, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation [...]

$2.1 billion committed to Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative

Posted on July 5, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced $2.1 billion for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative (TTCI) to build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets. The core element of the TTCI is the merit-based National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), which will provide $2 billion over 11 years to strengthen Canada’s trade infrastructure, including ports, waterways, airports, roads, bridges, border crossings, rail networks, and the interconnectivity between them. With the launch of this fund, proponents are being invited [...]

BBGI announces partnership with SNC-Lavalin

Posted on July 4, 2017
BBGI SICAV S.A. has announced that it has signed a strategic agreement with a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. to invest in an investment vehicle which will hold substantial equity interests in five PPP projects in Canada. All assets are operational and classified as availability-based under the investment policy of the Company. Furthermore, as part of the transaction and through the partnership, BBGI will benefit from a vend-in (pipeline) agreement that provides the partnership a right of first offer with respect to the potential future acquisition [...]

FCM's president issues statement after Ministers meeting

Posted on June 30, 2017
FCM President Jenny Gerbasi issued the following statement after meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan with Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for local government. "Today (June 29), I was pleased to meet with Provincial and Territorial Ministers from across Canada. This meeting comes at a historic moment for the cities and communities where Canadians live, work and raise their families. This meeting was bolstered by the attendance of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, both [...]

Canada and FCM provide $72 million for municipal climate adaptation

Posted on June 23, 2017
The Government of Canada and FCM have announced $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Clark Somerville, announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund. The $72 million investment supports capital projects, pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans that will directly or indirectly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address [...]

Stantec names Gord Johnston as new President, CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec has announced that, following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. “Gord’s [...]

CIB has potential, but work needed: C.D. Howe report

Posted on June 21, 2017
Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians, author Steven Robins suggests that the bank could significantly improve the quality of infrastructure development in Canada. But there is still much work to be done, and the author recommends a number of improvements that can be accomplished under the current legislation. “Canadian governments [...]

FCM offers access to regional climate advisors

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy.” The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of [...]

PSPC increases transparency around construction payments

Posted on June 9, 2017
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has announced that it will publicly disclose payments to prime contractors so that construction subcontractors know when they can expect payment. This increase in transparency will allow companies and individuals working for those prime contractors to know when they can expect payment and to take action under their respective contracts when payments are late. As of today, PSPC will begin publishing payment information on its website for all construction contracts of over $100,000. "Our government understands [...]
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