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$7B Makeover for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

Posted on January 19, 2015
A new study reveals that more than $7 billion is being spent on asset renewal and infrastructure improvements in the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping system. The investment survey, compiled by maritime trade consultants Martin Associates, tallies $7.1 billion in capital spending on ships, ports and terminals, and waterway infrastructure in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway. More than $4.8 billion has been invested in the navigation system from 2009 to 2013 and another $2.3 billion is committed to improvements from 2014 to 2018. Two-thirds [...]

2014 Another Record-Setting Year for Wind Energy

Posted on January 15, 2015
For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced that Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centred in Ontario (850 MW), Quebec (439 MW), and Alberta (350 MW). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over 3,000,000 million average Canadian homes every year. “Canada’s 37 new wind energy [...]

Energy Tops Top 100 as Mega-Project Spending Soars

Posted on January 8, 2015
Canadian mega-project spending is on the rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $157.9 billion, a 12-per-cent increase over 2014’s $140.5 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its ninth annual Top 100 Projects report. View the complete report breakdown at http://top100projects.ca/2015filters/. The list is dominated by $62.3 billion in energy projects, with hydroelectric generation—including the controversial and costly Site C dam—claiming the first four of the top 10 spots: Site [...]

Report Examines Selling Crown Assets to Finance Infrastructure

Posted on December 17, 2014
A new report released by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) calls for Queen’s Park to take a more aggressive approach to “asset recycling” as a way to finance public goods such as infrastructure. The report, entitled Unlocking Ontario’s Advantages: Building New Infrastructure on the Foundation of Existing Public Assets, is intended to provide advice to both the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets (chaired by Ed Clark) and to the Ontario government directly. Report author Michael Fenn, who served [...]

Ontario, Quebec Ask Fed to Boost Infrastructure Investments

Posted on December 16, 2014
Ontario and Quebec’s finance ministers made the case to the federal government that the time is right to make additional investments in public infrastructure to support job creation and economic growth in Canada. Ontario and Quebec are encouraged by the federal government's recognition of the critical role infrastructure plays in building Canada's economy. Together, they urged the federal government to increase its funding for provincial-territorial public infrastructure in its upcoming 2015 budget to build a stronger economic union. In a press release [...]

$135M University of Ottawa Heart Institute Project Signs PCL

Posted on December 9, 2014
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Infrastructure Ontario have announced that PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has signed a fixed-price contract to build and finance the Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project. Today's announcement signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and PCL will begin to mobilize on site immediately. The project will expand the facility to accommodate the changing needs of the surrounding community, as well as improved technological advancements to ensure continued access to high-quality, specialized [...]

Ontario Moves Forward With High-Speed Rail

Posted on December 9, 2014
Ontario is taking the next step to build a high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Toronto, which will improve travel options, reduce travel time, and create jobs by getting people moving. The start of an environmental assessment (EA) marks the next phase of the project, which includes identifying the most appropriate route, examining state-of-the-art transportation technology options and an environmental impact evaluation. The EA will be guided by consultations in early 2015 with municipal and business groups, as [...]

Credit Valley Hospital Begins $103M Redevelopment

Posted on November 27, 2014
Trillium Health Partners and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) announced that the hospital has signed a fixed-price contract with Walsh Canada to build and finance the Credit Valley Hospital Site Priority Areas Redevelopment Project. All contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin immediately. The Priority Areas Redevelopment Project includes renovations to approximately 187,000 square feet of existing hospital space. Project highlights include: the complete renovation and expansion of the emergency department; a new six-bay ambulance [...]

Ontario to Benefit From Infrastructure Investments: BMO

Posted on November 20, 2014
BMO Economics noted the benefits of making investments in infrastructure, on the occasion of the release of the Government of Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement. “There’s little question that Ontario can benefit from targeted infrastructure investments, especially at current low interest rates,” said Robert Kavcic, senior economist of BMO Capital Markets. “Such investments will need to be managed in the context of historically-high levels of debt. “Transit and transportation infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area is one example that would [...]

Ottawa Transportation Master Plan Wins OPPI Award

Posted on November 19, 2014
The City of Ottawa’s new transportation master plan, a project led by IBI Group, has won an excellence in planning award from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. The awards, which recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications, were announced earlier this month in a press conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto. IBI Group worked with Morrison Hershfield and Noxon Associates on the master plan, approved unanimously by Ottawa City Council in November 2013. The plan sets a new standard for sustainable [...]
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