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Leech named Special Advisor for Canada Infrastructure Bank

Posted on February 10, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Jim Leech will be serving as Special Advisor on the Canada Infrastructure Bank. “Mr. Leech brings with him immense knowledge and experience, and I am confident that he will help ensure a smooth and successful launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “This is about making sure our public dollars go farther and are used smarter, as we make historic investments in infrastructure to create middle class jobs today and sustained economic growth for years to come.” Mr [...]

PBO analysis shows gap in infrastructure funding

Posted on February 3, 2017
In his first report to parliament, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, provided analysis on the results of the Government’s New Infrastructure Plan (NIP) announced through the 2016 Federal Budget and its 2016 Fall Economic Statement. Entitled Canada’s New Infrastructure Plan: Following the Money, the PBO’s analysis shows that of the $13.6 billion for fiscal years 2016-18 announced in Budget 2016, departments have identified only $4.6 billion worth of projects. It stated, “While departments have committed to spending all [...]

New programs to help municipalities address climate change, asset management

Posted on February 2, 2017
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities have launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM, will provide municipalities with access to funding, training, and learning opportunities to increase their capacity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate [...]

Allen leaving Engineers Canada

Posted on January 31, 2017
Engineers Canada has announced that Kim Allen is leaving his post as chief executive officer of Engineers Canada effective immediately. “The Board of Directors of Engineers Canada wishes Kim well and thanks him for his contributions as CEO,” said Chris Roney, president of Engineers Canada. Mr. Allen joined Engineers Canada in September 2012 as CEO. It is expected that an interim CEO will be announced shortly. [...]

Big-City Mayors' Caucus urges Trudeau to invest in public transit

Posted on January 23, 2017
On January 20th, Canada's big-city mayors urged Prime Minister Trudeau to use his government's next budget to launch a new era of public transit and to tackle Canada's housing affordability crisis head-on. "Our discussion with the Prime Minister today focused on the budget — as really a once-in-a-generation opportunity both to expand transit and to fix the housing crisis," said Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton and chair of FCM's Big-City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC). Nearly a quarter of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects are in the transit sector and [...]

FCM releases pre-federal budget submission

Posted on January 17, 2017
The upcoming federal budget can improve Canadians' quality of life for years to come - if it empowers municipalities to connect national infrastructure investment to pressing local needs. That's the message from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it releases Seizing the Moment, its recommendations for the 2017 federal budget. This next budget will unveil details of the unprecedented federal promise to invest $81 billion over 11 years in transit, social, green and other infrastructure. Those details will determine how well the federal plan [...]

2017 Top100 infrastructure projects surpasses $186 billion

Posted on January 11, 2017
There is more than $186 billion invested in the biggest infrastructure projects currently under development in Canada, according to information released today in the annual Top100 Projects report. The Top100 Projects report, produced each year since 2006 by industry magazine ReNew Canada, researches and analyses several hundred projects each year at differing stages of discussion, design, and construction to build its comprehensive list of public sector projects from all provinces and territories. The detailed report provides exclusive information on each [...]

BlackBerry creates Innovation Centre for connected and autonomous vehicles

Posted on December 19, 2016
Executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. John Chen was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to unveil the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). Housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, the centre will accelerate the realization of connected and self-driving vehicles by developing production-ready software independently and in collaboration with partners in the private and public sector. As part of this initiative, BlackBerry QNX plans to recruit and hire local software engineers to work on ongoing and emerging [...]

Getcleantech.com connects the global clean technology industry

Posted on December 19, 2016
A group of cleantech professionals and entrepreneurs have launched getcleantech.com — a global hub that is disrupting the way people connect to and do business in cleantech. The platform aggregates the clean technology industry, helps accelerate project adoption and financing, and matches professionals to new projects and others in their field. “The global marketplace for clean technology is now over US$1 trillion, so it was obvious that the cleantech industry would need a dedicated networking site for innovators, experts, financiers, and tech adopters [...]

Canada commits $500 million to broadband access infrastructure

Posted on December 19, 2016
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced the launch of Connect to Innovate, a new program that aims to bring broadband Internet access to 300 rural and remote communities across Canada. The program will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to ensure that rural and remote communities across Canada are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age. Connect to Innovate will help address the digital divide by primarily supporting new high-capacity "backbone" networks, with a portion [...]
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