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Contract awarded for Mount Sinai redevelopment project

Posted on June 9, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Sinai Health System have awarded a fixed-price contract to EllisDon Capital Inc. (EllisDon) to build and finance Sinai Health System's Phase 3A redevelopment project at Mount Sinai Hospital. The contract between EllisDon and Sinai Health System is for $288.5 million. An open, competitive request for qualifications process, overseen by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Sinai Health System, began in August 2015. The project is a large-scale renovation of several key areas of Mount Sinai Hospital, including: redevelopment [...]

Ontario investing $127 million in new university

Posted on June 9, 2017
Ontario is investing in a new York University campus in Markham—the first university campus in York Region—that will expand post-secondary education opportunities for students in the region. The new university campus will serve an estimated 4,000 students in York Region, with the potential for more students over time. The campus will offer a broad range of business, arts, and social science-related programs, and provide students with opportunities for research, experiential learning and collaboration to help them prepare for the highly skilled jobs [...]

Hamilton receives FCM grant for brownfields study

Posted on June 8, 2017
The City of Hamilton announced that it has received a $175,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that will be used towards funding a key phase in the Hamilton Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy: the review of brownfield redevelopment opportunities. The FCM's Green Municipal Fund grant will support a review of potential land contamination through a Historic Land Use Inventory, the review of brownfield issues, opportunities and options, and potential enhancements to the city's brownfield redevelopment incentive program (ERASE Community [...]

Three teams shortlisted for Hurontario LRT

Posted on June 8, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The three teams were selected based on the criteria identified in a Request for Qualifications process that began in October 2016. Selection criteria included design, construction, maintenance, and operational experience, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope. The shortlisted teams and their prime team members are: HURONTARIO LIGHT RAIL CONNECTION [...]

Ontario looks to modernize construction laws

Posted on June 5, 2017
Ontario is looking to modernize provincial construction laws to address key issues and improve efficiency and competitiveness for construction businesses. Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced legislation that would, if passed, modernize the lien and holdback process, introduce needed rules to ensure Ontario construction workers get paid, on time, for the work they do, and make the dispute resolution process faster and simpler. Key measures include: Creating new prompt payment rules to give contractors and subcontractors certainty about when to [...]

Governments commit funding to downtown relief line

Posted on June 5, 2017
The governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto announced a joint commitment to plan and design the relief line transit project in downtown Toronto. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada will be providing more than $27 million to support the planning and preliminary design of a relief line, a future rapid transit line that would relieve overcrowding on the Yonge Subway Line, and provide riders with more travel options. Ontario is providing over $150 million to advance planning and design work for the relief line as part [...]

Innovative asset management system awarded in Waterloo, Ont.

Posted on June 1, 2017
The City of Waterloo initiated an ambitious program to establish an integrated approach to stimulate asset management throughout the organization, and the innovative approach was selected for a national award by the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM). The city’s program won the CNAM Tereo Award, which recognizes excellence in developing and implementing asset management approaches and significant improvements in business performance through the use of asset management tools and techniques or approaches. Tereo is Greek for to watch over or to attend [...]

Focus on energy efficiency in water, wastewater systems: ECO

Posted on May 30, 2017
Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems use unnecessarily large amounts of energy. Thankfully, there is a huge opportunity to reduce the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of delivering these services to residents. That was the message delivered by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), at the release of her new report, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use. Every Drop Counts, volume one of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, looks at the energy use, greenhouse [...]

Hamilton submits updated LRT study

Posted on May 29, 2017
The City of Hamilton has submitted an updated plan for its light rail transit system, following council support of extending the route to Eastgate Square. According to an article from the Hamilton Spectator, the submission of the new environmental assessment for provincial approval leads for a 30-day window for feedback from the public. Originally, the plan for the Hamilton LRT was to run along Main Street east to Queenston Circle. However, Hamilton City Council supported a motion that would see the line extended three kilometres east to Eastgate Sqaure. The [...]

Ottawa, Gatineau sign inter-provincial transit agreement

Posted on May 29, 2017
Mayors Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin announced an agreement between Ottawa and Gatineau that will better integrate the regional transit network. This agreement, a first in the history of the two cities, will help ensure efficient connections between the two transit systems when the O-Train’s Confederation Line begins service. It will also help achieve the two cities’ transit objectives and meet the needs of users on both sides of the Ottawa River. In addition to addressing the City of Ottawa’s long-standing concern over the volume of bus traffic [...]
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