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Ontario’s One Call System Needs More Enforcement

Posted on March 27, 2015
Excessively late responses to locate requests, often taking weeks or months instead of the legislated mandatory five days, are hindering work on vital infrastructure like roads, water, and sewer systems. Without stricter enforcement, these delays will slow down delivery of these important services, says a new report from the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO). DEFINITION: A locate is a response to a request by an operator of buried infrastructure that consists of both surface markings (such as paint marks, signs, or flags) and [...]

Spadina Subway Extension $400M Over Budget

Posted on March 6, 2015
The Toronto Transit Commission's (TTC) 8.6-kilometre Spadina subway extension, currently under construction from Downsview Station into Vaughan, is about $400 million over budget, according to the Toronto Star. This is the largest subway expansion project to be undertaken by the TTC since the Bloor–Danforth subway line was built 48 years ago. The subway network will link Toronto with communities in York Region. The extension to the existing Spadina line will include six new stations: Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village at North [...]

Ontario Introduces Rules for Community Smart Growth

Posted on March 5, 2015
Ontario is proposing reforms to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act that would give residents a greater say in how their communities grow and would provide more opportunities to fund community services like transit and recycling. The proposed Planning Act changes, if passed, would: Ensure residents are better consulted at the beginning of the planning process for new developments; Encourage residents to provide feedback on the future of their communities; Help municipalities resolve potential planning disputes earlier, reducing involvement [...]

Survey: GTA to Lead Ontario Construction Growth in 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015
Growth within Ontario's construction industry—and its correlating job creation—is expected to occur at significantly different rates across the province in 2015, according to the annual Construction Confidence Indicator, released today by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). This is despite an overall confident outlook for Ontario's $16-billion ICI construction economy. Findings from the province-wide survey of contractors, prepared by the OCS and Ipsos Reid, show that the Greater Toronto Area is expected to lead the industrial, commercial [...]

LiquiForce Named Family Enterprise of the Year

Posted on March 2, 2015
LiquiForce was given the 2015 Canadian Association of Family Enterprise’s Southwestern Ontario Family Enterprise of the Year Award. Liquiforce, an international contractor and manufacturer that operates in Canada and the United States, specializes in the trenchless sewer industry. Through the use of many patented processes owned by the company, LiquiForce cleans, inspects, and rehabilitates sewer systems without  any digging. LiquiForce is operated by the founder Kim Lewis, along with his three sons, Jeffery, Kim, and Christopher. The Family Enterprise [...]

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 [...]
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