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New Call for Proposals for P3 Canada Fund

Posted on April 23, 2013
PPP Canada announced the Round Five call for proposals on April 15. In a press release, CEO John McBride described how P3 Canada hopes to help provinces, territories, and municipalities Canada-wide address their infrastructure needs. “Last year,” he said, “we were very encouraged by the quality and viability of the applications we received. Under Round Five, we will continue to look for applications that deliver optimal value for money by demonstrating substantial involvement by the private sector throughout the project’s life cycle.” Public-private [...]

Canadian Construction Forms National Organization

Posted on April 5, 2013
Canada’s construction industry leaders have united to form a new national organization named BuildForce Canada, which opened its doors April 1, 2013. The organization, replacing the federal government’s Construction Sector Council (CSC), will focus on maintaining a consistent flow of skilled workers into the always growing industry. In a press release, BuildForce’s new executive director Rosemary Sparks explained the need for the industry’s leaders to unite as the government’s Sector Council Program ended: “We have a new brand, a new board [...]

Budget 2013: Are You Satisfied?

Posted on March 21, 2013
According to CTV, the biggest spending in what it's calling a restrained budget is on infrastructure projects–$14 billion for a new Building Canada Fund. This new fund replaces the existing seven-year deal, worth $8.8 billion, set to expire next year and give provincial and municipal governments time to plan projects and figure out a way to match the funding. According to the Toronto Star,  the Gas Tax Fund, which is currently $2 billion per year, will now be indexed at 2 per cent per year starting in fiscal 2014-15, increasing in increments of [...]

POLL// Is the Future Driverless?

Posted on February 28, 2013
Last spring, Google announced that it had completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving--taking autonomous cars out on real roads--and that the technology could be available to the public within 10 years. Two years ago, we asked our readers if cars will always be the dominant form of transportation. The poll was prompted by a comment at Meeting of the Minds: "Cars, if done properly, are the most efficient form of 'mass transit.'” Now, we're changing the question. If it is cars, now and in the future, will they be driverless cars? [...]

Top Chef + Top Executives

Posted on February 22, 2013
This January, leaders at some of the companies involved in the most Top 100 projects were treated to a five-course meal prepared by David Chrystian, executive chef at Le Germaine’s Victor Restaurant and finalist on Top Chef Canada. Sponsored by the construction group at Borden Ladner Gervais, this exclusive dinner was a hot ticket. As guests enjoyed the meal, conversation moved from Chrystian’s wine pairings to major projects in the pipeline, to the future of manufacturing in Canada.   Dinner Guests: 1. Hugo Blasutta, CEO, MMM Group 2 [...]

Poor Infrastructure Planning, Lack of Skilled Labour Hurting Canada

Posted on February 12, 2013
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has released its report, Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness, identifying inadequate infrastructure planning and a shortage of skilled labour as two of the biggest impediment to Canadian competitiveness in the global economy. Just last week, the OECD called Canada the most educated country in the world. But this CCC report claims education isn’t providing the opportunities it should. According to the Canadian Construction Association, the impending shortage of 320,000 workers (by 2020) is a major issue for the industry [...]

Report Links Accessible Transit to a Strong Economy

Posted on January 31, 2013
A new report makes a case for providing accessible transit by linking it to substantial monetary benefits to the national economy. The report, released today by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) highlights the economic and social benefits of accessible transit in Canada. According to CUTA president and CEO Michael Roschlau, the most significant benefit of accessible transit is the income that can be generated by increased labour force participation, and its resulting potential to generate millions in GDP output and in additional tax base. The [...]

New Study Tackles Canada's Infrastructure Deficit

Posted on January 24, 2013
Underinvestment in infrastructure is chronic. It’s not a new opinion, but it is based on new research. According to a new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canada is missing $145 billion worth of infrastructure and the public sector needs to invest an additional $20-30 billion a year for ten years on top of current spending. The study, by CCPA Research Associate Hugh Mackenzie, not only puts another number on the infrastructure deficit, it also makes some recommendations on how to close the funding gap. The study outlines [...]

Federal Support for Atlantic Energy Projects Will "Significantly Benefit" Canada

Posted on December 11, 2012
Federal support for the Lower Churchill project in Labrador indicates a new era of regional energy cooperation valuable to Canada, according to the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). The project, which will develop 35 per cent of the Churchill River, is developed by the Churchill Falls Generating Station and will produce 16.7 terawatt hours of electricity per year. Along with the federal government, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador will take steps toward creating an “efficient, sustainable and affordable regional electricity system” [...]

Canadian Regs Leave U.S. With Surplus of Coal

Posted on November 29, 2012
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, exports of American coal to Canada have declined in recent years, due mostly to Canadian policy. Canada has reduced its coal-fired electric generation, resulting in a fairly steep decline in coal trade with the United States. This is a direct result of Canadian federal and provincial policies to move away from coal-fired generation. Canada plans to enforce a strict performance standard for all coal-fired units starting in 2015. The addition of the new regulations will likely encourage utilities [...]
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