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FORCE releases interim report on tidal power

Posted on April 13, 2017
Canada’s efforts to better understand the potential for in-stream tidal technology to contribute to clean energy goals continue to move forward. The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has entered a phase of environmental effects monitoring with a demonstration turbine on site; FORCE’s first interim monitoring report is now available online. The Environmental Effects Monitoring Program Quarterly Report: January 1 – March 31, 2017 is an interim progress report on mid-field monitoring work ongoing at the FORCE site. The 136-page document [...]

North Cumberland Memorial Hospital redevelopment moving forward

Posted on April 12, 2017
The Government of Nova Scotia is moving ahead with plans to replace the hospital in Pugwash. “We are investing in infrastructure for a healthier Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Building this modern facility will allow us to continue meeting the needs of the community for years to come.” As part of this phase of redevelopment, a request for proposals for a design consultant is expected to go out next month with the consultant expected to be in place by mid-summer. Government will work with Nova Scotia Health Authority to have a [...]

Shortlisted proponents named for wastewater treatment project

Posted on April 11, 2017
Three qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design, build, partially finance, operate, and maintain the Residuals Treatment Facility over a 20-year term for the Wastewater Treatment Project. Residual solids from the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant will be piped to the Residuals Treatment Facility at Hartland Landfill, where they will be treated and turned into what are known as "Class A" biosolids. These biosolids are a high quality by-product safe for further use. Seven [...]

Sutherland Generating Station producing electricity

Posted on April 10, 2017
The Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (GS) on New Post Creek is now generating clean, reliable, low-cost electricity. The project, which is a partnership between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Coral Rapids Power, a company wholly owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), was completed safely, ahead of schedule, and on budget. “Ontario’s newest waterpower generation station further demonstrates our government’s commitment to building a clean and reliable electricity system,” said Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. “Not only will it [...]

Canadian green bond market has potential to top $50 billion

Posted on April 10, 2017
Canada's capacity for green bond issues will be at least $56.3 billion in fiscal 2017/18. That's the finding in a Corporate Knights report released at the RBC Capital Markets Green Bond Conference in Toronto. The figure is based on an analysis of the capital requirements, debt-raising capacity, and intended uses of proceeds on the part of 21 of Canada's largest public and private bond issuers. "There's clear momentum in green bond markets, but it's still seen as a niche and perhaps even challenging financing tool," says Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps [...]

RFQ issued for Highway 401 expansion project

Posted on April 10, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify and shortlist project teams to deliver the Highway 401 expansion project. The Highway 401 expansion project is approximately 18 kilometres long and is located within the western part of the Greater Toronto Area, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton. This project includes widening the existing six lane configuration to the following: 12 lane core-collector system from the Credit River to Winston [...]

Lions Gate wastewater treatment plant contract awarded

Posted on April 7, 2017
Metro Vancouver has awarded the contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to ADAPT Consortium at a cost of $525 million. The ADAPT team has been selected to design and construct the new plant, which will provide secondary sewage treatment services to a population of about 200,000 residents of three municipalities and two First Nations on the North Shore. ADAPT was one of three bids shortlisted for the project. The consortium includes: Acciona Infrastructure, Dialog Design, Amec Foster Wheeler, and TetraTech. The plant will [...]

Endless opportunities for clean tech

Posted on April 7, 2017
The global clean tech sector is booming, and the federal government hopes to provide resources to continue to keep Canada as an industry leader. Speaking at GLOBE Capital in Toronto, federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains praised the growth of the clean tech sector, and its prevalence in every aspect of the Canadian economy. But the industry faces major challenges, challenges the federal government hopes to work to alleviate. Bains referred to three specific challenges in particular during his remarks: long-term [...]

A new focus for infrastructure

Posted on April 7, 2017
Strong sustainable communities, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and projects that grow the economy will be the focus of federal government investment in infrastructure in the years ahead. In a panel discussion alongside Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi discussed how the government will apply its green lens to infrastructure projects it funds in the years ahead. That will involve working closely with both municipalities and the province on projects that will move Canada [...]

Building the bank

Posted on April 6, 2017
As early details begin to roll out on the establishment of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank, an expert panel at GLOBE Capital provided its analysis of what its potential impact could be. The opportunity to invest in Canadian infrastructure is a welcome one, according to Olivia Steedman of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Steedman suggested that OTPP have long wanted to invest more in this country, and the bank has the potential to usher in the "dawn of a new era in infrastructure delivery." For Bruce Anderson, managing director for project finance [...]
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