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FCM releases pre-federal budget submission

Posted on January 17, 2017
The upcoming federal budget can improve Canadians' quality of life for years to come - if it empowers municipalities to connect national infrastructure investment to pressing local needs. That's the message from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it releases Seizing the Moment, its recommendations for the 2017 federal budget. This next budget will unveil details of the unprecedented federal promise to invest $81 billion over 11 years in transit, social, green and other infrastructure. Those details will determine how well the federal plan [...]

$272 million pledged for Route 11 upgrade

Posted on January 16, 2017
The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced more than $272 million in federal-provincial funding for key upgrades to three sections of Route 11 between Shediac and Miramichi. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $125 million to this project while the Government of New Brunswick is providing $147 million. The project involves twinning approximately 20 kilometres of the highway from south of the Shediac River to south of the Little Bouctouche River, and constructing an 11-kilometre, two-lane, controlled-access bypass between Glenwood [...]

Canada, Ontario invest in infrastructure at the University of Windsor

Posted on January 16, 2017
The Government of Canada is investing $14.95 million for a total combined investment of more than $30 million in the University of Windsor. The university will use the funding for the construction of its new Science Research and Innovation Facility. This state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility will provide world-class, upgraded laboratory and collaboration spaces for leading-edge research and commercialization in the fields of materials chemistry and translational health. "This is a very exciting announcement for the University of Windsor,” said [...]

Preliminary Construction Contracts for George Massey Replacement

Posted on January 13, 2017
Two contracts for preliminary construction work on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project will go to tender this week. The contracts are for site preparation in order to improve ground conditions for future lane widening. The ministry will award one contract for work in Delta and one for work in Richmond. Work will begin only after the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure receives the project’s Environmental Assessment and Agricultural Land Commission certificates. Both early works contracts will operate under an environmental management [...]

$76 million courthouse, restoration project coming to Fredericton

Posted on January 12, 2017
The Centennial Building in Fredericton will undergo a major restoration and a new courthouse will be built on the same parcel of land to maximize the use of provincial government building space. “Investing strategically in infrastructure helps create jobs in the short term,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Renovating the Centennial Building and moving the courthouse will also help us avoid costs and save money. Repurposing this building will help reduce expenses related to office space, allowing the province to use existing assets more efficiently [...]

Emera initiatives energy solicitation for Atlantic Link Transmission project

Posted on January 11, 2017
A solicitation process has been initiated for energy to be bundled with transmission capacity on Emera Inc.’s proposed Atlantic Link submarine electricity transmission project for the delivery of clean energy into the ISO-New England market. Atlantic Link is a proposed approximately 350-mile submarine high-voltage direct current (HVdc) electric transmission line that will deliver 900 megawatts of clean energy from a new DC converter station to be constructed at Coleson Cove, New Brunswick, to a new converter station to be constructed at one of two proposed [...]

Scarborough subway project study delayed

Posted on January 11, 2017
A study outlining the preferred route for the proposed Scarborough subway extension has been delayed, adding additional costs to the project. According to an article from the Toronto Star, the report was supposed to be on the agenda for next week’s executive committee meeting. However, an official at the City of Toronto confirmed that the report is not on the agenda. The report will include information on the recommended alignment, as well as an updated cost estimate and suggested procurement model. The report was originally scheduled to be presented [...]

Canada, Ontario invest in Georgian College infrastructure

Posted on January 11, 2017
The Government of Canada is investing $10.79 million for a total combined investment of nearly $30 million to Georgian College for new infrastructure for the institution. Georgian College will use the funding for the construction of its new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. The centre will include commercialization and research labs, collaboration space, and space for applied research where local industry and other partners can work with students and staff from the college. The new building will be carbon neutral and LEED-certified. "The [...]

EA sought for P.E.I. Trans-Canada extension

Posted on January 11, 2017
The P.E.I. government is seeking a contractor to conduct an environmental impact assessment on the second phase of the proposed Trans-Canada Highway extension in Cornwall. An environmental assessment will help protect habitat and wildlife as construction continues on the 9.5 kilometre project between Maypoint Road and New Haven. The first phase was completed in 2016 and the second phase – running north of Cornwall from North River to New Haven – is scheduled to begin this year pending approval of the environmental assessment. An average of 500 transport [...]

Governments invest in Canyon Creek all-season access road

Posted on January 11, 2017
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced $20 million in funding for the construction of a 14 kilometre all-season access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek. The project also includes the construction of five kilometres of roads surrounding Canyon Creek. This investment will bring many benefits to local communities. It will improve the ability to transport goods and equipment throughout the area, while helping to open new business development opportunities in the Sahtu Region. The expanded road network will also provide increased [...]
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