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$333 million from Feds to Finch West LRT

Posted on June 26, 2017
On Friday, Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and  Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, announced up to $333 million in federal funding for the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. The Finch West LRT  amounts to a $1.2 billion investment from the Government of Ontario into the City of Toronto’s transit infrastructure. “The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with municipalities to invest in important public transit infrastructure projects like the Finch [...]

Fredericton, NB, receives funding for roads, culverts

Posted on June 23, 2017
The provincial government and the City of Fredericton will jointly fund several infrastructure projects this year under the Municipal Designated Highway Program. “New Brunswick’s capital city is an economic leader in New Brunswick,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Maintaining modern infrastructure is key to continued growth, and we are pleased to be able to work with the City of Fredericton on some of these important projects.” Paving will be completed on Hanwell Road, Regent Street and Waterloo Row. Culverts [...]

IO releases shortlist for phase two of OPP Modernization project

Posted on June 23, 2017
Yesterday, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) announced the shortlist of three teams to design, build, and finance nine new detachments for phase two of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Modernization project. Following a request for qualifications process that began in January 2017, the companies below were shortlisted. The shortlist was selected on the basis of design and construction experience, personnel qualifications, and financial capacity with respect to the scope and complexity [...]

Canada and FCM provide $72 million for municipal climate adaptation

Posted on June 23, 2017
The Government of Canada and FCM have announced $72 million for municipal projects demonstrating strong actions on climate change. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Clark Somerville, announced funding for 48 projects in communities across Canada through the Green Municipal Fund. The $72 million investment supports capital projects, pilot projects, feasibility studies and plans that will directly or indirectly cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address [...]

Stantec names Gord Johnston as new President, CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec has announced that, following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. “Gord’s [...]

Construction begins on new bus terminal near Union Station

Posted on June 21, 2017
Ontario is celebrating the start of construction of a new bus terminal in Toronto. The project is a transit-oriented development that will help transform downtown Toronto, with two new commercial buildings connected by a one-acre elevated park over the rail corridor. The new bus terminal will better connect commuters to GO Transit, the TTC, VIA Rail, UP Express, and the proposed future high speed rail connection to destinations in southern Ontario. The location of the new terminal provides better access to the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard [...]

NB Power, TransAlta agree to add capacity at Kent Hills

Posted on June 21, 2017
NB Power and TransAlta, a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc., have agreed to add 17.25 MW of wind-generating capacity at its existing Kent Hills site. The existing wind farm accounts for 150 MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of a successful engagement process with First Nations and other stakeholders, it is expected to begin operation in late 2018. It will supply additional generation and make up for lower-than-anticipated energy [...]

Ontario building new courthouse in Halton Region

Posted on June 21, 2017
The Government of Ontario has announced plan for a new justice facility in Southern Ontario: the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse. The new 21-courtroom facility will offer a broad range of justice, family, social, and victim services, bringing the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice operations in Milton and Burlington together at one accessible location. The building will feature new technology to make the court run more efficiently which will help speed up the criminal justice system in the Halton Region. For example, witnesses [...]

CIB has potential, but work needed: C.D. Howe report

Posted on June 21, 2017
Canada’s Infrastructure Bank (CIB) holds great potential, but still needs work to realize its potential, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Banking on Infrastructure: How the Canada Infrastructure Bank can Build Infrastructure Better for Canadians, author Steven Robins suggests that the bank could significantly improve the quality of infrastructure development in Canada. But there is still much work to be done, and the author recommends a number of improvements that can be accomplished under the current legislation. “Canadian governments [...]

Ground broken at PwC-YMCA tower

Posted on June 20, 2017
Canada’s largest urban development project broke ground on a central feature of the emerging downtown precinct in the City of Vaughan. The PwC-YMCA Tower, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, will combine Class-A office space, amenities, and services and be situated at the heart of SmartCentres Place. The developers are Smart Real Estate Investment Trust (SmartREIT) and Mitchell Goldhar. The 236,000 square foot mixed-use tower will be home to professional services firm PwC Canada, a 100,000-square-foot YMCA, a 20,000-square-foot public library, 10,000-square-foot [...]
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