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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 [...]

Toronto moving forward with future transit plans

Posted on May 25, 2017
Toronto City Council has approved a plan to continue preliminary work the next phase of its multi-billion-dollar transit system expansion. The plan includes moving forward with two projects: the Downtown Relief Line and the extension of Line 1 on Yonge Street. The Downtown Relief Line, with current cost estimates of between $6.5 billion and $7 billion, has been identified as the number one transit priority for the City of Toronto. The line would relieve crowding on Line 1, which is expected to reach maximum capacity by 2031. The relief line, in its [...]

Metrolinx files appeal over Bombardier decision

Posted on May 25, 2017
Metrolinx is appealing a court decision that has prevented them cancelling a $770-million contract with Bombardier for light rail vehicles (LRVs). According to an article from the Toronto Star, the notice of appeal follows last month’s decision from an Ontario judge, which stated that Metrolinx must go through a dispute resolution process with Bombardier rather than cancel the contract outright. Bombardier has stated publicly that it still plans to meet its commitment to deliver the light rail vehicles in time for the opening of the Eglinton LRT in [...]

Peel Region receives $103 million for water infrastructure

Posted on May 24, 2017
The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced that 30 new projects in the Region of Peel have been approved under the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $69 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—over $34 million, and the recipient will provide the balance of funding. Thanks to this investment, residents in the Region of Peel will benefit from a number of sewage pumping stations [...]

RFP closed for Cooksville Station project

Posted on May 24, 2017
The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, and finance the Cooksville Station project, part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Following the request for qualifications process, two teams - EllisDon Infrastructure Transit and Kenaidan Obayashi Transit Partner - were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in January 2017. Both teams have submitted their proposals by the deadline. Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals [...]
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