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Etobicoke Hospital Redevelopment Names Preferred Proponent

Posted on March 24, 2016
Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership is the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System selected Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership following a competitive request-for-proposals process that began in May 2015. The Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership team includes: Developer: Axium Infrastructure Canada and DIF Infra 4 Canada Ltd. Constructor: Walsh Canada Architect: HDR Architecture Associates Inc. Financial Advisor: [...]

OPG Expands Renewables on Old Coal Generation Site

Posted on March 16, 2016
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partners, Sun Edison Canadian Construction LP and Six Nations Development Corp., have been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to develop a 44-megawatt solar facility on and near the Nanticoke Generating Station site on Lake Erie. “I am thrilled with this opportunity,” said Jeff Lyash, OPG’s president and CEO. “OPG is already Ontario’s largest renewable energy producer and this will be an important addition to our portfolio. We stopped burning coal at Nanticoke in December 2013 [...]

CEO/MEA Finalize Agreement for Consulting Services

Posted on March 16, 2016
Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) and Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) have finalized a Standard Client/Engineer Agreement for Professional Consulting Services. The standard agreement aims at helping Ontario’s 444 municipalities practice a fair procurement process by outlining equitable, consistent terms and conditions for both clients and consulting engineers. “The standard agreement is built on the principles of partnership and fairness. It symbolizes a collaborative approach to creating a favourable business environment for both clients and [...]

Ontario Pledges $160B Over 12 Years to Infrastructure

Posted on March 2, 2016
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa last week delivered the Government of Ontario's economic blueprint for Ontario. The proposed budget is pledging to invest $137 billion over the next 10 years for roads, bridges, public transit, hospitals, and schools. Coupled with commitments made starting in 2014-’15, total Ontario infrastructure investment now stands at $160 billion over 12 years. Of this investment, $31.5 billion are dedicated funds. “Separate, dedicated funds for infrastructure investment are the most effective tools for providing value to [...]

Infrastructure to Help Overcome Energy Dip: RICS Survey

Posted on February 29, 2016
The further drop in the price of oil is further depressing construction investment in Canada, especially in heavily energy-focused areas like Alberta. But this downward trend is being partly offset by greater investment in infrastructure, both at the federal level under the Trudeau government and in some provinces, according to the latest RICS Canadian Construction Market Survey (from the fourth quarter in 2015). Infrastructure activity rose firmly in that quarter according to respondents, with about two-thirds expecting this sector to see the most growth [...]

Finch West LRT Launches RFP for 3 Teams

Posted on February 22, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have released a request for proposals (RFP) to companies shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the request for qualifications (RFQ) process that began in September 2015. Selection criteria included construction capability, experience, and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. The shortlisted teams are: Humber Valley Transit Partners Developers: SNC-Lavalin [...]

Art Installation to Pay Homage at Toronto Courthouse Site

Posted on February 17, 2016
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) will be installing artwork on construction fencing for a new Toronto courthouse to help commemorate the downtown site's rich cultural history. The artwork will draw its inspiration from the archaeological discoveries that have been made on the site, most of which date from the mid to late-1800s. The STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization, through its public arts consultancy, PATCH, will project manage the design and installation of the artwork. A Canadian artist duo, PA System, will create the design. The [...]

Ontario Allocates $36M to Help Apprentices

Posted on February 3, 2016
Ontario is supporting growth in high-demand jobs by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades to help ensure Ontario's workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow. Reza Moridi, Ontario’s minister of training, colleges, and universities, was at George Brown College on February 3 to highlight that, as announced in the 2015 Budget, the province is investing $36 million over two years to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce [...]

Southgate Solar Project Lands $190M Debt Financing

Posted on February 2, 2016
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Connor, Clark & Lunn (CC&L) Infrastructure have completed a $190-million debt financing for the Southgate Solar project. The 50 megawatt (MW) Southgate Solar project, located in western Ontario, will utilize Ontario-made solar panels and inverters and will produce enough clean energy to meet the needs of approximately 7,600 homes in the province each year. The Southgate Solar project will begin construction soon, with completion scheduled for late 2016. "Samsung is proud to be a part of the Southgate community [...]

Hydro One to Acquire Great Lakes Power Transmission

Posted on January 29, 2016
Hydro One has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire from Brookfield Infrastructure various entities that own and control Great Lakes Power Transmission LP, an Ontario regulated electricity transmission business operating along the eastern shore of Lake Superior, north and east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for $222 million, subject to customary adjustments, plus the assumption of approximately $151 million in outstanding indebtedness. The Great Lakes Transmission business has a rate base of approximately $219 million, and it consists of 15 transmission [...]
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