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Consulting Engineers Promotes Sustainable Development

Posted on April 30, 2014
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada (ACEC) has launched  Sustainable Development for Canadian Consulting Engineers (PDF), a report that identifies proven practices and tools developed by the engineering community around the world that will help consulting engineers and their clients achieve sustainable projects that meet the needs of our population over the long term. “As an industry and as a country it is imperative that we both promote practices that serve today’s needs and those of future generations,” said John Gamble [...]

$500M Being Invested in St. Lawrence Seaway

Posted on April 30, 2014
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season with the transit of Algoma Central Corp.’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway. “Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the [...]

PPP Canada Launches Round Six of P3 Canada Fund

Posted on April 14, 2014
PPP Canada announced today that it is accepting applications under Round Six of the renewed P3 Canada Fund through its new website. The fund is a merit-based program that supports public-private partnerships (P3s) that develop public infrastructure across a number of eligible categories. Its primary focus is on assisting jurisdictions to build P3 experience and promoting innovative applications of the P3 model. Round Six is the first round under the renewed P3 Canada Fund. Economic Action Plan 2013 provided an additional $1.2 billion over five years, beginning [...]

Canadians Strongly Support Using P3s: Surveys

Posted on April 11, 2014
Canadians strongly support using public-private partnerships (P3s) to deliver important public infrastructure and services, according to a couple of national and community surveys. In a national Nanos Research survey commissioned by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), 62 per cent of respondents are open to using P3s. A majority of Canadians also indicated that they support the use of P3s across key sectors of the economy, with transit systems (70%), roads (65%), social housing (64%), and hospitals (63%) receiving the strongest endorsements [...]

2014 Sees Strong Growth for LEED Certifications

Posted on April 10, 2014
The New Year has started off strong for Canadian LEED projects with 140 new certifications as of March 31, 2014. This brings the total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 1,631. In addition, 109 projects registered to pursue certification, bringing the total registered and certified projects to 6,423. A searchable LEED project database with further detail, including project scorecards and photos, can be viewed on the CaGBC LEED Project Profiles page. “2014 is a significant year for the CaGBC with the increasing number of projects certifying [...]

New Building Canada Fund Open for Business Amidst Criticism

Posted on April 3, 2014
Federal Minister of Infrastructure Denis Lebel launched the New Building Canada Fund on March 28, three days earlier than originally planned. The fund will include $4 billion toward projects of national significance under the National infrastructure Component, and $10 billion towards national, regional, and local projects under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. Together, the $14 billion in funding are part of the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan, a ten-year infrastructure funding initiative. Lebel’s announcement was met with criticism [...]

Parsons Acquires Delcan, Expands Transportation Footprint

Posted on April 1, 2014
 Parsons has acquired Delcan, an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the transportation market. Parsons says this acquisition signals the firm’s intent to expand its geographic footprint in transportation, one of the corporation’s four key market areas. “In addition to increasing our presence in Canada and other key strategic geographies in the world, the acquisition of Delcan continues the progression of our corporate objectives [...]

Canada’s Electricity System Needs Investment: Report

Posted on March 25, 2014
A new Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) report sheds light on the urgent need for informed decision-making both in policy development and on-going infrastructure investment if Canada is to maintain the reliability, affordability, and sustainability of the electricity system that Canadians rely upon. “We’re in the midst of unprecedented capital investment to modernize Canada’s electricity system,” said Jim Burpee, president and CEO of the CEA. “Electricity infrastructure is replaced only very slowly and the lead times for planning are long [...]

P3s Generate Over $51B for Canadian Economy

Posted on March 13, 2014
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are major contributors to Canada’s economy, generating $51.2 billion in direct economic output and 290,680 direct full- time equivalent jobs between 2003 and 2012. According to an economic impact study conducted by InterVISTAS, a management consulting company, P3s play a major role in boosting Canada’s economy. The report notes: “With the public sector facing aging infrastructure, population growth and budget constraints, P3s are bringing together the expertise of both the private and public sector to expand the [...]

Budget 2014: $53B Building Canada Plan Renewed

Posted on February 12, 2014
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the 2014 federal budget in Parliament this month. Budget 2014 focuses on two key themes: balancing the budget for 2015-’16; and jobs and the economy, especially skills development, infrastructure, and manufacturing. He later described the budget as “boring” while appearing before the press, referring to a lack of “flashy spending.” Crucial to the infrastructure sector, the budget will emphasizes Ottawa’s commitment to major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit, and sewers. The Building [...]
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