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Federal government announces additional $81 billion for infrastructure

Posted on November 1, 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s Fall Economic Statement provides a big boost for Canadian infrastructure, including the creation of a new Federal Infrastructure Bank. The new measures including in the statement include: Investing an additional $81 billion in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, as well as in rural and northern communities to bring Canadians good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities for years to come; Creating a Global Skills Strategy, supported by improvements [...]

CCPPP announces 2016 national award winners

Posted on November 1, 2016
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) has announced the recipients of the CCPPP 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. “The Council’s Awards Program highlights the exceptional leadership and innovative thinking that distinguishes the Canadian P3 model as globally best-in-class,” says CCPPP president and CEO Mark Romoff. “We are proud to honour this world class work and acknowledge and celebrate their success.” Gold Award for Infrastructure - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital The [...]

New tool available to assist with community energy plan implementation

Posted on October 18, 2016
An open source guide, the Community Energy Implementation Framework, designed to help communities move Community Energy Plans from a vision to implementation, was released in beta at QUEST2016 — Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Action by the Community Energy Association, QUEST — Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, and Sustainable Prosperity. The Community Energy Implementation framework contains 10 strategies that provide advice on political, staff and stakeholder engagement, staff and financial capacity and embedding [...]

QUEST announces annual award winners

Posted on October 18, 2016
QUEST announced the winners for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards, which were presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Awards and Gala in Calgary. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.  Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Awards were presented in the three principal Smart Energy Communities sectors: (1) Local Public Service Sector, (2) Real Estate [...]

Qualified bidders announced for Centre Block rehabilitation

Posted on October 17, 2016
A single qualified bidder has emerged for the construction management of the rehabilitation of the Centre Block in Ottawa. According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, only a joint venture between EllisDon Corporation and PCL Constructors Canada has been qualified to bid on the decade-long project following last year’s Request for Proposals. The RFP sought companies interested in the construction phase of the project, as well as providing engineering and architectural services. There were three bidders qualified for providing the engineering and [...]

NEB releases new report on Canada's renewable power landscape

Posted on October 17, 2016
Canada is a world leader in renewable power and generates almost two-thirds of its electricity from renewable sources according to a new report released by the National Energy Board (NEB). Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada accounting for 55 per cent of total installed capacity and 58 per cent of its generation. Four provinces and one territory – British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador and Yukon derive more than 85 per cent of their power from hydro. Non-hydro renewable power capacity experienced significant [...]

CanBIM announces annual award winners

Posted on October 17, 2016
The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) held its 2nd Annual CanBIM Awards on October 5th in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Eight award categories in total were presented, including one for Best In BIM handed out to the winner of winners from the seven main categories. The awards categories and winners included: CanBIM Academic Award Academic Award presented by Global eTraining, Anne Carpenter, Account Executive; Winners: Nonna Shabanova & Melika Mehdizadeh George Brown College - Life Cycle Assessment Project CanBIM Technology Award Technology [...]

Government of Canada releases carbon pricing plan

Posted on October 4, 2016
The Government of Canada has proposed its pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018. In order to accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, while providing greater certainty and predictability to Canadian businesses. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing: they can put a direct price on carbon [...]

Steady growth for Canadian LEED certified projects in second quarter of 2016

Posted on July 21, 2016
The Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw steady growth for both LEED registered and certified projects in the second quarter of 2016, with 81 certifications and 106 registrations between April 1 and June 30. The current, cumulative total of LEED certified projects across the country now sits at 2,757. This ongoing growth in LEED certification continues to solidify Canada as an international leader in green building, with building owners and operators of all types embracing sustainability as both an actionable solution to climate change, and a smart [...]

Government of Canada Extends Provisions for Rail in the Canada Transportation Act

Posted on June 17, 2016
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced this week that the Government of Canada is postponing for one year the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act that were enacted in 2014 by the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. The postponement was made possible following approval of the House of Commons and the Senate. Postponing the repeal of the provisions until August 2017 will allow the various participants in the freight rail supply [...]
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