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Ottawa Recognized for Asset Management Excellence

Posted on May 21, 2013
The City of Ottawa has received the Tereo Asset Management Award at the 2013 Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) Conference in Edmonton. The award was presented to the City during the Annual Awards Gala in recognition of the advancements made by the City in developing its comprehensive asset management (CAM) program. “The City of Ottawa recognizes the importance of our infrastructure, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our roads, bridges, buildings and piped systems are safe and in good condition,” said mayor Jim Watson. “I am [...]

CAA Kick-Starts Annual Worst Roads Campaign

Posted on May 16, 2013
Voting for CAA’s annual Worst Roads campaign is now open. This means that if there’s a road in your community that could use some help, now’s the chance to get it noticed. Visit www.worstroads.ca to vote for the worst roads; voting closes May 31, 2013. Following the campaign, CAA will release the Ontario Top 10 Worst Roads List and efforts will be made to bring it to the attention of local and provincial politicians. Thousands of Ontarians have voted over the years, and CAA says approximately 90 per cent of the roads on past lists have been—or [...]

Advocates Create Living Green Infrastructure Declaration

Posted on May 15, 2013
An online Living Green Infrastructure Declaration has been created to encourage government and the private sector to plan and build greener, healthier, more beautiful communities. Living green infrastructure advocates, including Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, LEAF, Ontario Parks Association, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Landscape Ontario, are encouraging citizens from across North America to show their support for living green infrastructure by signing the declaration. Living green infrastructure includes urban forests, green roofs [...]

Changes to TFW Program Will Harm Construction: CCA

Posted on May 9, 2013
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) says it is concerned changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) programs will reduce the sector's ability and capacity to meet the increased demand for construction services across Canada. “From a construction industry perspective, the TFW program is a stop-gap measure, which allows industry to keep pace with rising demand across Canada for construction services,” CCA president Michael Atkinson says. “The cost of recruiting and employing temporary foreign workers in the [...]

Association Campaigns to Attract Piping Trade Members

Posted on May 8, 2013
The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) launched a national marketing campaign this week in a bid to recruit 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals over the next five years. The high number of workers is needed to fill infrastructure jobs now and in the near-future. Work sites in areas such as Alberta and Northern British Columbia are already seeing a shortage. Similar to other professions, trained workers will also be needed to replace those who are retiring over [...]

Government of Canada tenders move to Buyandsell.gc.ca

Posted on May 6, 2013
On June 1, 2013, federal government opportunities will be published and made available free of charge on a Government of Canada website, Buyandsell.gc.ca/tenders, which will be the authoritative source for federal government procurements subject to trade agreements or subject to departmental policies that are below trade agreement thresholds. The new features on the website will let bidders to: Search for opportunities using simple plain language search terms to match your good or service to available tenders; Narrow down search results to find opportunities [...]

Stonebridge Launches 2nd Infrastructure Debt Fund

Posted on May 3, 2013
Stonebridge Financial Corp. has launched its Stonebridge Infrastructure Debt Fund II LP, a limited partnership to be formed under the laws of the Province of Ontario. Investors will be limited partners of the partnership. Stonebridge currently manages Stonebridge Infrastructure Debt Fund I LP, a closed-end infrastructure debt fund developed with the support of PPP Canada Inc. Fund I’s investment objective is to provide private debt financing for the construction and operation of social infrastructure and energy assets. Fund I closed in 2012 with capital [...]

Canada Invests in Energy-Innovation Projects

Posted on May 3, 2013
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for 55 innovative new projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way. Support is being provided through the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was introduced in 2011's budget, and is being led by Natural Resources Canada. Of the 55 projects receiving support, 15 will be pre-commercialisation demonstration projects to test the feasibility of various technologies, and 40 will be research and development projects to address knowledge gaps and [...]

Rail Safety Week Begins with New Railway-Crossing Funds

Posted on April 29, 2013
Almost half of all railway-related deaths and injuries result from accidents at crossings. In response, the Government of Canada launched a multimillion-dollar commitment to improve railway crossings for Rail Safety Week (Apr. 29 to May 5, 2013), working closely with railway companies and communities to identify grade crossings that require safety improvements. The government says studies reveal that accident rates fall by up to 69 per cent and fatality rates by up to 80 per cent after grade crossing improvements are completed. “While Canada has one [...]

Canadian Electricity Association Looks to Solidify Canada-U.S. Cooperation

Posted on April 26, 2013
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) is looking to strengthen ties between Canada and the United States. With electricity systems and markets already highly integrated between the two countries, the CEA released a white paper, The Integrated Electric Grid: Maximizing Benefits in an Evolving Landscape (download PDF), that proposes a number of policy recommendations for maintaining a healthy relationship. The paper details the intricacies of the Canada-U.S. power-sharing system, stating that “electricity plays an integral role in the robust Canada-U.S [...]
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