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Asset Management Group focused on long-term infrastructure planning

Posted on September 30, 2016
The Ontario Asset Management Working Group (OAMWG) is a cross-section of public sector infrastructure representatives from Ontario that meet to share information and best practices to satisfy the growing needs of the asset management field. The goal of OAMWG is to make the connections between infrastructure, engineering, and finance in order to advance the field of asset management. The OAMWG is dedicated to the promotion, education, information exchange, and discussion of best cross industry asset management practices. The organization has tasked itself [...]

Ontario Allocates $3.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects

Posted on August 30, 2016
Ontario has dedicated $3.2 billion from the sale of Hydro One shares in 2015 to the Trillium Trust, a fund for infrastructure projects that will help create jobs and strengthen the economy. This follows on the government's 2015 Budget and Fall Economic Statement commitment to dedicate all net revenue gains from the sale of Hydro One shares to the Trillium Trust, to build key vital, long-term infrastructure projects and transportation across Ontario. Ontario previously credited $1.35 billion in net proceeds from the sale of the Province's shares in General [...]

Land purchases holding up Gordie Howe bridge

Posted on July 26, 2016
Delays on both sides of the border could push the completion of the Gordie Howe bridge, providing a new residential and commercial link from Windsor to Detroit. According to an article from The Detroit Free Press, concerns on the American side of the border centre around the purchase of land needed for the project. There are approximately 900 parcels of land in the Delray district of Detroit that need to be acquired for the bridge, and around 30 of those could pose a serious problem. Several of those properties are owned by Manuel Moroun, who has brought [...]

RFP issued for Groves Memorial Community Hospital project

Posted on June 22, 2016
Ontario is moving forward to improve access to hospital services for patients in the Fergus community with the release of a request for proposals to prequalified companies to build and finance the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital project. " We are committed to delivering a state-of-the-art hospital that will improve the patient experience and provide more seamless care for our residents in conjunction with our health care partners,” said Stephen Street, president and CEO of Groves Memorial Community Hospital. “Our staff, physicians and volunteers [...]

Metrolinx to Add Four GO Stations in West Toronto

Posted on June 21, 2016
Ontario announced four new GO Train stations along the Barrie and Kitchener GO Transit lines as part of Metrolinx's Regional Express Rail (RER) program - one each in the areas of  Bloor and Lansdowne, Spadina and Front, Liberty Village, and St. Clair West and Keele in the City of Toronto. The proposed new GO Train stations support the City of Toronto's SmartTrack plan. “SmartTrack will provide the people of Toronto with local commuter service on the rail corridors that run through our city,” said John Tory, mayor of Toronto. “New SmartTrack stations [...]

Ontario Expanding GO Rail Service in Durham Region

Posted on June 20, 2016
Kathleen Wynne announced that GO Transit will be extending its Lakeshore East train line by 20 kilometers from Oshawa to Bowmanville, scheduled to start in 2024. Wynne announced the massive construction project at the site of the new Bowmanville GO station, one of the four stations that will be built. The province's regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Ontario is working with CP Rail on infrastructure and service planning for the extension, a portion of which will use CP Rail's existing corridor north of [...]

Kathleen Wynne’s Cabinet Shuffle, New Minister of Infrastructure

Posted on June 14, 2016
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced a new cabinet in Queen’s Park this week, welcoming seven new individuals and appointing a new Minister of Infrastructure. Glenn Thibeault, former NDP MP who defected to the provincial Liberals, has been moved to the Ministry of Energy to replace Bob Chiarelli, who will oversee a new standalone Infrastructure department. Wynne is looking at altering some departments, such as creating a separate Ministry of Infrastructure, which could create new ministerial positions. The cabinet now consists of 12 women [...]

Enormous Sinkhole Takes Over Ottawa’s Rideau Street

Posted on June 10, 2016
At around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, on the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex drive, a massive sinkhole opened up, causing a gas leak and collapsing the street, forcing evacuation of the neighbouring businesses. Mayor Jim Watson told CBC that the repairs to the giant sinkhole are expected to take at least a week, and determining the cause may take even longer. The mayor also said it may take "a couple of months" before the cause of the collapse is known. The cave-in spread from one side of the street to the next, leaving the city in a state of chaos [...]

Infrastructure and Planning Drives Energy Consumption: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Posted on May 31, 2016
Today in Queen’s Park, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe presented the 2015/2016 Energy Conservation Progress Report Conservation: Let’s Get Serious to the Ontario Legislature. In it, she highlights the importance of infrastructure planning to achieving emission targets. Overall, the report noted that "total energy use in Ontario in 2014 was roughly the same as in 2007, despite a 7 per cent increase in population, an 8 per cent increase in GDP, and the unusually cold winter in 2014. In other words, energy use per capita and per dollar of GDP has [...]

FedDev Ontario Opens Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Posted on May 25, 2016
This week, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced the launch of Intake Two of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) in southern Ontario. Minister Bains stated, "As we near Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program highlights the importance of the places in our communities that bring us together and make Canada home. By providing support to renovate, expand and improve cultural [...]
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