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Canada Green Building Council and Urban Green to Deliver Green Professional Building Skills Training Across Canada

Posted on May 26, 2016
Responding to the growing demand for skilled workers in the green building field, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Urban Green Council (the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council) have announced a strategic partnership to bring Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) to professionals across Canada. Geared at trade professionals, Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) consists of a series of courses and certificate exams developed by Urban Green Council that aim to close the gap between conventional and sustainable [...]

RBC Water Attitudes Study Reveals Information About Canadian Views On Water Infrastructure

Posted on May 25, 2016
RBC has released its 9th annual Water Attitudes Study, conducted by GlobeScan this spring, providing important information on the perspectives of Canadians pertaining to drinking water, wastewater, rate setting, and water infrastructure. Since 2008, the Water Attitudes Study has provided the only comprehensive, national study of the motivations, beliefs, and (in some cases) the ignorance of Canadians regarding water resources and management in Canada. New questions for 2016 revealed perspectives on water infrastructure. When asked,”Which one, if [...]

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel Named

Posted on May 17, 2016
The federal Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, today announced that Kim Baird, Tony Penikett and Annette Trimbee will comprise the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Ministerial Panel to assist in the government in its decisions regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project (TMX). The panel is tasked with engaging communities and local indigenous groups and reviewing feedback that will be provided online regarding the project and project-related issues. As part of the government's plans for modernization of the NEB, it has implemented [...]

Burns & McDonnell Expands Into Canada Adding 500 Jobs and a Toronto Office

Posted on May 12, 2016
Global engineering, procurement, and construction firm Burns & McDonnell was recently awarded a contract with Hydro One to provide construction program management services during the next five to seven years. The company plans to expand its operations by adding a new office in Toronto and hiring 500 new Canadian employees by 2020. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to utilize our expertise to further expand our profile in Canada,” said Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “As the largest utility provider in Ontario, Hydro [...]

Guide Helps Reduce GHG Impact of Construction Projects

Posted on May 4, 2016
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has a new guide on how to lower the environmental impact and cost of construction projects, Improving Green Building Construction in North America: Guide to Integrated Design and Delivery, which promotes better green building practices. Buildings in North America are major consumers of electricity and water and contribute an estimated 35 per cent of the continent’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although the building sector offers cost-effective opportunities for reducing GHG emissions, only a [...]

Infrastructure Spending to Drive Construction Growth

Posted on April 29, 2016
Nearly 60 per cent of Canadian construction professionals in a recent survey expect infrastructure activity to drive growth in construction output over the coming year—perhaps encouraged by the Liberal government’s first budget, which promised a rise in such spending over the course of Parliament and coming years. The results were reported in the RICS Canadian Construction Market Survey for the first quarter of 2016. “Overall, the market is steady, and I’m optimistic about upcoming government spending on infrastructure,” said Grant Mercer, director [...]

Stantec to Acquire MWH Global for $1.04B

Posted on March 31, 2016
Stantec Inc. has announced a merger with Broomfield, Colorado-based MWH Global—the biggest deal in the engineering and infrastructure design consulting company’s 62-year history. The Edmonton-based firm announced that the all-cash deal with MWH Global, was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, and that Stantec will acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of MWH for a purchase price of US$793 million (Cdn$1.04 billion). MWH is a s a global water and natural resources firm, providing technical engineering [...]

Ontario Teachers’ Infrastructure Portfolio Earns 21.4%

Posted on March 30, 2016
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has announced a rate of return on investments of 13 per cent for the year ended December 31, 2015, resulting in an increase in net assets to a record $171.4 billion from $154.5 billion at the end of 2014. Real assets, a group that consists of real estate and infrastructure, had total assets of $40.6 billion at year-end, compared to $34.7 billion a year earlier. The infrastructure portfolio had $15.7 billion in assets at year-end, up from $12.6 billion a year earlier. Infrastructure’s investment return of 21.4 per cent [...]

Using Tax Increment Financing to Fund Growth: Report

Posted on March 29, 2016
Cities across Canada should consider new and innovative approaches to financing their share of infrastructure spending, according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Tapping the Land: Tax Increment Financing of Infrastructure,” author Adam Found shows how cities could use tax increment financing (TIF) to finance infrastructure ranging from sports arenas to public transit. Under TIF the benefits conferred to nearby properties by new local infrastructure are transformed into additional property tax revenue, which is then used to finance that same [...]

Budget 2016 Promises $120B Over 10 Years to Infrastructure

Posted on March 22, 2016
Canada's Budget 2016 was released this afternoon, and the federal government’s plan proposes $11.9 billion toward infrastructure over the next five years—starting right away. The budget also states the government will implement a plan to invest more than $120 billion in infrastructure over 10 years. (Download the full budget.) The budget puts this plan into action with an immediate down payment on this plan, including: $3.4 billion over three years to upgrade and improve public transit systems across Canada; $5.0 billion over five years [...]
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