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Golder Expands Laboratory Services in Ontario

Posted on June 7, 2013
Golder Associates Ltd. has made several expansions to its laboratory services around Ontario, including enhancements at Golder labs in Mississauga, Cambridge, Whitby, and Barrie, and the construction of a brand new facility in Markham. The additions to the existing laboratories include new equipment and more space in Cambridge and Whitby, new equipment in Barrie, and a relocation and expansion of the Mississauga location. “Golder has been working with the infrastructure, construction, and land development industries for over 50 years. With nine labs [...]

Ontario Demands Meeting with Ottawa over Transit Funding

Posted on June 7, 2013
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has requested the inclusion of the federal government in talks about funding for the expansion of Ontario’s transit system, especially in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA). The request is a direct response to federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s refusal to accept any increase in the region’s sales tax. Metrolinx had put forward a number of funding suggestions recently, including raising sales taxes around the GTHA by one per cent. Metrolinx has estimated that a region-wide one-per-cent increase would [...]

Humber College Project Reaches Financial Close

Posted on May 30, 2013
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Humber College, and Infrastructure Ontario announced that PCL Constructors Canada Inc. has signed a guaranteed maximum-priced contract to design, build, and finance Humber College’s new Learning Resource Commons project. The fixed-price contract between PCL and the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is for $84.2 million, and will be paid by the province and Humber College at substantial completion in spring 2015 to ensure the project’s on time and on budget. Located at Humber's [...]

RFQ Issued for Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Project

Posted on May 28, 2013
Infrastructure Ontario and Hawkesbury & District General Hospital have issued a request for qualifications to build and finance the hospital’s expansion and redevelopment project. The project includes a combination of renovations and new construction at the hospital. Highlights of the project include: a new consolidated ambulatory care centre that will include specialty clinics, hemodialysis, cardiology services, and medical day care; an expanded complex continuing care unit; a new perioperative department; expansion of emergency services; additional [...]

Three Companies Shortlisted for St. Michael’s Hospital Redevelopment

Posted on May 27, 2013
Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael’s Hospital announced today that three companies have been shortlisted to design, build and finance 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 hospital space. Based on a request for qualifications process that began in December 2012, the following three companies were shortlisted: St. Michael’s Partnership o Bondfield Construction Company Limited o NORR Limited/Farrow Partnership o Rocklyn [...]

Metrolinx Details GTHA Transit Funding Tools

Posted on May 27, 2013
The Metrolinx board of directors adopted its report to the Province of Ontario and municipalities recommending an investment strategy to support over 400 kilometres of new and enhanced transit, along with improvements to roads and highways. “Congestion is getting worse every day. It’s having an increasingly negative impact on both our quality of life and our region's economy,” said Robert Prichard, chair of the Metrolinx board. “The $16 billion of new transit being built today will deliver real results for commuters, but we cannot stand still [...]

Labour-Management Partnerships Graduate More Apprentices

Posted on May 24, 2013
Skilled worker training centres that are a partnership of labour and management are found to be more successful in helping apprentices become journeypersons, says a new study commissioned by the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). The groundbreaking report, Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates to Address Skills Shortages in Ontario’s Construction Industry, found that a full three-quarters of apprentices being trained through a Joint Apprentice Training Trust will complete their program and achieve a Certificate of Qualification [...]

Highway Improvements Underway in Greater Toronto Area

Posted on May 21, 2013
The Government of Ontario says it is making major improvements to the province's highways, roads, and bridges, which is supporting more than 20,000 construction jobs and making travel easier for families and businesses. Key highway improvements in the Greater Toronto Area include: Replacing pavement and repairing 14 bridges along Highway 401 westbound collector lanes from Keele Street to Kipling Avenue in Toronto; Repairing six bridges within the Highway 401/400 interchange in Toronto; Resurfacing six kilometres of Highway 401 from Renforth Drive [...]

Community Leaders to Politicians: ‘Get On with It’

Posted on May 16, 2013
“Get on with it. Make the most of it. And take better care of our money while you’re at it.” That’s the advice of 300 community leaders that CivicAction delivered to Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) elected officials and Metrolinx today, which was echoed in a report (PDF) CivicAction released simultaneously  The community leaders have four key recommendations on how to invest in our region’s future through an expanded transportation network: Accountability and transparency are not optional. Implement revenue tools now with five principles [...]

Green Roofs Thrive in Toronto, Growing by 33%

Posted on May 13, 2013
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has reported a 33-per-cent growth in installed green roofs in Toronto in 2012 as part of the results of the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. “Toronto’s green roof bylaw and support for green buildings continues to keep the city in a leadership position in North America,” said GRHC founder and president Steven W. Peck. In 2012, the Toronto Metropolitan Region installed the most green roofs in Canada: 338,310 square feet (31,430 square meters), up from 227,657 square feet (21150 square meters) in 2011. This square [...]
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