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Canada, NWT Sign Water-Monitoring Agreement

Posted on March 11, 2015
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced a new cooperative water-monitoring agreement, which will help advance the understanding of the ongoing collection, processing, publication, and distribution of water-quantity data in the territory. The Memorandum of Agreement on Hydrometric Monitoring allocates $2.8 million for the territory's hydrometric-monitoring program, which will be supported by Environment Canada and the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with a portion covered by commercial contributions [...]

Consortium Launches Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link Project in Inuvik

Posted on February 26, 2015
Aboriginal leaders, politicians, and business owners joined Northwest Territories (NWT) finance minister Michael Miltenberger, and representatives from the Northern Lights General Partnership (Northern Lights) for the successful launch of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) project in Inuvik, NWT. Northern Lights is the consortium comprised of Ledcor Developments Ltd., including Ledcor Technical Services, and Northwestel. The MVFL project is designed to provide state-of-the-art, high speed telecommunication services to over ten communities in the [...]

Energy Tops Top 100 as Mega-Project Spending Soars

Posted on January 8, 2015
Canadian mega-project spending is on the rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $157.9 billion, a 12-per-cent increase over 2014’s $140.5 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its ninth annual Top 100 Projects report. View the complete report breakdown at http://top100projects.ca/2015filters/. The list is dominated by $62.3 billion in energy projects, with hydroelectric generation—including the controversial and costly Site C dam—claiming the first four of the top 10 spots: Site [...]

Ottawa Firm Joins MMM’s Aviation Practice

Posted on August 14, 2014
LPS AVIA Consulting is now a member of MMM Group Limited. With more than two decades in the aviation business, Canadian firm LPS AVIA is known for custom-made solutions to help airlines, airports, and industry increase profitability and improve operations. The Ottawa-based firm’s experience on more than 400 aviation projects, and their particular focus on projects in the circumpolar region, is a complement to MMM’s aviation practice. “Our clients will appreciate the breadth of our new team’s expertise and comprehensive approach to aviation as a [...]

RFQ Issued for Whitehorse Hospital Expansion Project

Posted on July 25, 2014
The Yukon Hospital Corp. has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a qualified entity to design and build the Whitehorse General Hospital Expansion Project. The project is part of the Yukon government’s effort to ensure Yukoners have access to modern facilities that can accommodate changing demographics and provide safe and excellent patient care. Its capital construction cost is approximately $55 million and includes the design and construction of: • A new emergency department and four-bed observation unit; • New radiology and [...]

Northern Ontario Winter Roads Network Complete

Posted on February 12, 2014
An extensive winter road network in northern Ontario is facilitating the delivery of vital goods and health care services to remote First Nations communities, according to a release from the Province of Ontario. The provincial and federal governments have helped 28 First Nations organizations and the Town of Moosonee to build and operate a network of temporary roads over frozen ground and waterways. The network includes 3,187 kilometres of roadway, approximately equivalent to the distance from Nipigon, Ontario to Nanaimo, British Columbia. The network [...]

Northwest Territories Fibre Link Project Moving Forward

Posted on January 28, 2014
The Northwest Territories selected three shortlisted proponents for the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) project. ATCO Electric Ltd., Northern Lights Fibre, and Plenary Group Canada Ltd. have all been invited to participate in the request for proposal stage of the project, which will bring high-speed internet from Fort Simpson to Inuvik. “We need to grow and expand our economy if we are going to thrive as a territory,” Northwest Territories Finance Minister J. Michael Miltenberger said. “Capitalizing on Inuvik’s advantages as an ideal location [...]

Study Examines Effect of Climate Change on Yukon Infrastructure

Posted on November 15, 2013
Funding was announced this week for an evaluation of the effects of climate change and permafrost degradation on transportation in Yukon. “Investments in our transportation infrastructure are crucial for the development and growth of Yukon,” Minister of Economic Development of the Government of Yukon Currie Dixon said. “The impacts of climate change mean additional resources are required to help ensure the sustainability of our northern transportation network and we are thrilled to sign this agreement with the Government of Canada.” The work [...]

Models for Success in Aboriginal P3s

Posted on November 12, 2013
Among the many unique challenges that First Nations communities face when adopting P3 models is the fear of the unknown. “One of the main challenges we face in our projects is getting communities to understand the process and what P3 means,” Jeffrey Frank, president of Quilcene Consulting, said at the “Models for Success in Aboriginal P3s” panel at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (CCPPP) 21st annual conference on November 7. “There’s a lot of education required because it is such a different approach. For example [...]

Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project Moves Forward

Posted on November 11, 2013
The Government of Nunavut has announced it has signed the contract with Arctic Infrastructure Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project. In July, Arctic Infrastructure Partners was selected as the preferred proponent to deliver the project. Materials and equipment will be delivered during the 2013 sealift season and construction will begin in the spring of 2014. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. “Today, with the signing of the contract with Arctic Infrastructure [...]
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