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Most opposition to light rail based on process: report

Posted on March 15, 2017
A new report from the Pembina Institute shows that most opponents to new light rail projects in Ontario aren’t opposed to rapid transit in general, but actually take issue with the process and how decisions are made. Best practices like engaging early, being transparent, and working closely with developers and landowners can go a long way to making a project more likely to succeed. Getting on Board: learning from planning and engagement around rapid transit projects in Ontario, produced in collaboration with Evergreen, studies four rapid transit projects [...]

Contract awarded for Highway 427 expansion project

Posted on March 14, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation have announced that LINK 427 has signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance, and maintain the Highway 427 expansion project. The contract value of the Highway 427 expansion project is approximately $616M, which reflects payments to be made during construction, the substantial completion payment and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments. Ongoing maintenance and repairs will ensure Highway 427 is kept in good condition over the contract term. LINK 427 will [...]

Understanding Ontario's construction market

Posted on March 13, 2017
A record crowd of more than 300 people gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s State of the Industry and Outlook Conference 2017. The annual event provides a snapshot of the Ontario construction market, with a focus on the province’s industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn started the day by praising the workforce for the job done to reduce the number of workplace injuries. Since 2003, workplace incidents across Ontario have dropped by more than 50 [...]

Ottawa approves Stage 2 LRT project

Posted on March 10, 2017
Councillors at the City of Ottawa have approved plans for the Stage 2 LRT project, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. According to a CBC News report, city officials approved the plan that will see the LRT system extended in three directions, with a substantial completion date expected for 2023. The city hopes to issue the RFP this spring, but that date could change, as officials wait for financial support to be announced by the federal government. Both the city and province have committed one-third of the original $3 billion [...]

Executive committee supports Scarborough subway plan

Posted on March 8, 2017
Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee has approved the plan for a one-stop Scarborough subway extension, with an estimated price tag of $3.35 billion. According to an article from the Toronto Star, only one member of the committee voted against the proposal, Ward 43 Councillor Paul Ainslie who supports a previously-recommended light rail transit plan instead of the subway. Organizations lobbying for both plans, subway and LRT, has been very vocal in recent weeks as Toronto City Council looks to make a final decision on what transit plan to [...]

Gordie Howe International Bridge to include pedestrian access

Posted on March 6, 2017
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) has announced that, as a result of public consultation and feedback and engagement with Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs and Border Protection, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will include a dedicated multi-use path that will accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. WDBA has asked the three proponent teams to include this design element in their responses to the Request for Proposals. It will be up to the Proponents to provide design details to best incorporate this active transportation feature [...]

Cory named President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario

Posted on February 27, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario's (IO) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mr. Ehren Cory as the new President and CEO of Infrastructure Ontario. Mr. Cory has served as a member of IO's executive since December 2012, most recently leading the division responsible for delivering major public infrastructure projects such as hospitals, courthouses, roads, and public transit. Mr. Cory and the IO executive team will continue to focus on partnering to deliver public infrastructure projects successfully, providing loans for public infrastructure, and managing [...]

RFQ issued for Union Station Enhancement Project

Posted on February 23, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for interested parties to design, build, and finance the Union Station Enhancement project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service, which link into Union Station as the major transit hub in the City of Toronto. The RFQ outlines the scope of work required, which includes: Construction of a new platform, including a new roof structure Development of a new concourse area below the platform Safety [...]

EllisDon announces second CII pilot project

Posted on February 23, 2017
On March 1, EllisDon will begin redevelopment of the historic kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works. Conversion of the 53,000-square-foot, Building 16, will create a year-round hub for thought leaders and citizen city builders to collaborate in building sustainable cities; and, will provide an opportunity to test and drive change for future low carbon cities across the country. Under EllisDon's Carbon Impact Initiative, launched in June 2016, this will be the second official pilot project as well as the first in Canada to target a carbon neutral design [...]

RCCAO and MEA’s 2017 Environmental Bill of Rights Application

Posted on February 22, 2017
On February 3, 2017 a joint application by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) was hand delivered to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. The application, under section 61 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, calls for a review of and changes to the Environmental Assessment Act, various regulations under that statute; and all policies and guidance documents, published or in use by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) related to the Municipal Class Environmental [...]
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