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RFQ issued for Macdonald Block Reconstruction Project

Posted on August 18, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to submit their qualifications to design, build, finance and maintain the Macdonald Block Complex. The project will see the reconstruction of the 45-year old Macdonald Block Complex, the administrative hub of the Ontario government's operations. The complex has never undergone a major renovation and its core systems, including electrical, water, cooling and heating, have reached the end of their useful life and must now be replaced. IO and the Ministry of [...]

RFQ issued for Davenport Diamond

Posted on August 17, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project. This project is part of Metrolinx's work to provide faster, more frequent and convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), as part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. The RFQ outlines the work required at the Davenport Diamond, located in Toronto along the Barrie Rail Corridor. To accommodate the planned expansion [...]

Ontario releases RFP for Hurontario LRT project

Posted on August 17, 2017
Ontario has reached a major milestone in the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, with the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the new LRT line. "Today is a major step forward for the Hurontario LRT project,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation. “The new LRT will make life easier for families and commuters in Mississauga and Brampton by providing a faster, more reliable transit option, with improved connections to local transit and GO rail services." The Hurontario [...]

RFP closes for Michael Garron Hospital project

Posted on August 17, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for three companies to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the new patient care tower project at Michael Garron Hospital. Based on a fair and open request for qualifications process that began in June 2016, the following companies were invited to submit formal proposals: EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) Design Build: EllisDon Design Build Inc. Design Team: B+H Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects Financial Advisor: EllisDon Capital PCL Partnership Design Build: PCL Constructor [...]

Political leaders say no to HST hike for infrastructure

Posted on August 16, 2017
One day after Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) president Lynn Dollin recommended a one per cent hike in the HST to help pay for municipal infrastructure, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has stated that she does not support the idea. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, held this year at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, the premier did not wait for the question to be asked, instead addressing the issue in her opening remarks. “We’re not going to do that,” Wynne stated in reference to raising the HST. “We are going to continue to have [...]

Bombardier launches new legal challenge against Metrolinx

Posted on August 16, 2017
The troubled relationship between Bombardier and Metrolinx took another turn for the worse this week after it was revealed that Bombardier has filed a court application over being prohibited to bid on the Regional Express Rail (RER) operator procurement contract. According to an article from the Toronto Star the application, filed Tuesday with the Ontario Division Court, Bombardier believes that it was “ improperly, arbitrarily, unfairly, and unlawfully excluded ” from the bidding process. In July, Metrolinx released a Request for Qualifications [...]

AMO calls for HST for local infrastructure

Posted on August 15, 2017
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is calling for a one per cent hike to the HST to pay for growing infrastructure needs in the province. Speaking at AMO’s annual conference, being held in Ottawa this year, president Lynn Dollin calling for the sales tax to be devoted solely to local infrastructure services such as roads, bridges, and transit. Municipal governments in Ontario are responsible for providing critical services, like good roads, clean drinking water, and safe communities, but growing needs and costs are putting too much pressure [...]

Energy conservation is a wise investment for Ontario: report

Posted on August 11, 2017
A new report by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), shows that energy conservation continues to be a wise investment in Ontario's future. Every Joule Counts, Volume Two of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, provides a comprehensive public review of energy use and conservation in the province. Volume One, Every Drop Counts, which was released in May 2017, focused on energy use in Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems. “Ontario has been growing its economy and population for a decade without increasing [...]

Ontario supporting training in low carbon building skills

Posted on August 10, 2017
Ontario is helping workers thrive in the low-carbon economy with new support for apprentices, skilled trades, and other professionals from the building sector to develop green building skills. This initiative is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market. Ontario is helping unions, colleges, and universities acquire new equipment and increase their capacity to train current and future workers in low-carbon building skills, including through: Sector-focused partnerships between unions, employers [...]

First track installed for Eglinton LRT

Posted on August 9, 2017
The Government of Ontario announced a significant milestone in the expansion of transit services in the Greater Toronto Area with the first piece of track for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) project now installed. The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, which will open in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive, and 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit [...]
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