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Ontario Sees 1st Envision-Verified Wastewater Facility

Posted on March 1, 2015
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), located in Ontario on the shoreline of Lake Huron, earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award. This project is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in North America. For the project, the municipalities of Lambton Shores and South Huron commissioned global design firm Stantec to convert one of four existing lagoons into an extended [...]

Planning Begins on Toronto Patient Care Tower Project

Posted on February 23, 2015
CannonDesign Ltd. has been selected to lead the planning, design and compliance aspects of the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) New Patient Care Tower project in Toronto. The New Patient Care Tower will add approximately 380,000 square feet of space, including an underground parking lot and courtyard along Coxwell Avenue by 2023. The project involves the creation of a new eight-storey patient care tower on the corner of Sammon and Coxwell avenues, along with a three-storey addition for housing more services. The redevelopment will enable the delivery [...]

Ontario Launches Expert Review of Construction Lien Act

Posted on February 19, 2015
Ontario is launching an expert review of the Construction Lien Act that will include the examination of payment issues within the construction sector. Ontario has selected Bruce Reynolds as counsel to conduct the review, which was commissioned in response to stakeholder concerns related to prompt payment and effective dispute resolution in Ontario's construction industry, such as encouraging timely payment for services and materials, and making sure payment risk is distributed fairly. He is a leading expert in construction law and a senior partner at Borden [...]

Ontario Releases Climate Change Discussion Paper

Posted on February 12, 2015
Ontario has released a climate change discussion paper and invites citizens, businesses and communities to share ideas about how to successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth and keeping our businesses competitive. The government will engage aboriginal communities and hold province wide consultations with citizens, community organizations, industry stakeholders, municipal representatives, and businesses, and will publically post the discussion paper for comment on the Environmental Registry for 45 days. The discussion paper: Identifies [...]

$301M Contract Awarded for St. Michael's Hospital Redevelopment

Posted on January 28, 2015
Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael's Hospital announced that Bondfield Construction has signed a fixed-price contract to design, build, and finance the hospital's expansion and renovation project. All contractual steps have been completed and Bondfield Construction will begin to mobilize on site immediately. Once completed, the project will include the construction of a new 17-storey patient care tower at the corner of Queen and Victoria streets, and the renovation of approximately 150,000 square feet of existing space. The new Peter Gilgan Patient [...]

Lower Mattagami Hydroelectric Projects Completed

Posted on January 27, 2015
Northern Ontario’s largest hydroelectric project in 50 years is now fully in service thanks to a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Six new units on the Lower Mattagami River will add 438 MWs of greenhouse gas-free electricity – or enough capacity to meet nearly three times the peak demand of Thunder Bay. “I’ve visited the Lower Mattagami site and have a great appreciation of the size and scope of this project as well as the people who have brought the project in on time and on budget,” [...]

Preferred Bidder Selected for Final Phase of Highway 407 East

Posted on January 22, 2015
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation have selected Blackbird Infrastructure Group as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, and maintain the Highway 407 East Phase 2 project. The selection of Blackbird Infrastructure Group as the preferred bidder is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness advisor. The Blackbird Infrastructure Group team includes: Developer: Holcim (Canada) Inc. and Cintra Infraestructuras Constructors: Dufferin Construction Company and [...]

East Rail Maintenance Facility Selects Preferred Proponent

Posted on January 22, 2015
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) have selected Plenary Infrastructure ERMF (Plenary) as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, and maintain the East Rail Maintenance Facility (ERMF) project. The facility is being built in Whitby to support GO Transit's planned service expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The selection of Plenary is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process overseen by a third party fairness advisor. Members of the preferred proponent team include: Developer: Plenary [...]

Waterloo LRT Contract Extended

Posted on January 22, 2015
The Regional Municipality of Waterloo has voted to exercise a three-year option to extend its existing LRT contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff and WSP for $11.5 million. The $818-million, two-stage project will bring light rail to the Waterloo Region, which includes the cities of Cambridge, Waterloo and Kitchener. Stage 1 is a 36-kilometre corridor that features a 19-kilometre LRT system (called “ION”) linking the urban cores of Kitchener and Waterloo, plus 17 kilometres of adapted bus rapid transit (aBRT) connecting the southern terminus of the LRT [...]

Wynne Calls for Canadian Infrastructure Partnership

Posted on January 21, 2015
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership—collaboration that would have an explicit objective of investing five per cent of GDP in infrastructure renewal. Governments in Canada are currently investing in public infrastructure an amount equal to between 3.0 and 3.5 per cent of GDP. Speaking at a Canada 2020 luncheon in Ottawa on January 20, Wynne called on the federal government to invest more in infrastructure and, in so doing, become a better partner in strengthening and enhancing Canada's Economic Union. Watch [...]
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