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Joint funding for Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced joint funding of up to $405 million toward the construction of the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new facility, estimated to cost approximately $700 million, will be relocated from the Squamish Nation Reserve to a new Metro Vancouver-owned site in the District of North Vancouver. This treatment system will employ best practices for wastewater treatment and resource recovery and reduce the plant’s carbon footprint. Water will be conserved and reclaimed within the plant [...]

$245 million announced for Delta, Surrey infrastructure

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and B.C., along with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Tsawwassen First Nation, have announced an agreement to jointly fund a series of road and highway improvements in the Delta and Surrey regions of the province. The estimated total cost is $245,176,671. The Government of Canada is contributing $81,671,139, the Government of B.C. is contributing approximately $80,000,000, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is contributing approximately $80,000,000 and the Tsawwassen First Nation is contributing $3,505,533. This [...]

Canada, B.C. announce funding for 26 infrastructure projects

Posted on March 13, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced joint funding of over $87 million for 26 new infrastructure projects in 26 communities throughout the province. These investments cover a wide range of community infrastructure projects including green energy systems, solid waste management, drinking water, wastewater management, highways, roads, bridges, disaster mitigation, regional airport improvements and broadband access. For example, in Pitt Meadows funding will go towards replacing the aging Pitt Polder pump station with a new, more efficient [...]

Ottawa approves Stage 2 LRT project

Posted on March 10, 2017
Councillors at the City of Ottawa have approved plans for the Stage 2 LRT project, the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history. According to a CBC News report, city officials approved the plan that will see the LRT system extended in three directions, with a substantial completion date expected for 2023. The city hopes to issue the RFP this spring, but that date could change, as officials wait for financial support to be announced by the federal government. Both the city and province have committed one-third of the original $3 billion [...]

BuildForce Canada launches improving productivity campaign

Posted on March 10, 2017
From company owners and contractors to workers, all sectors and all members of Canada's construction and maintenance industry are being urged to join a national effort to change the way they plan, work and build. The industry-led initiative aimed at boosting productivity, was launched today by BuildForce Canada. "A changing global economy, rapidly aging workforce and slower growth, are forcing our industry to take a hard look at every stage of construction in order to stay competitive and attract new investment," said Rosemary Sparks, executive director [...]

PEI releases second round of road, bridge tenders

Posted on March 10, 2017
The government of PEI has released its second round of road and bridge tenders for the 2017 construction season. The second round of tenders includes 12 projects (see below for full list), including the construction of a new roundabout as part of Phase 2A of the Trans-Canada Highway Extension project. The government also made a secondary announcement as part of the same project, awarding the Environmental Impact Assessment contract for Phase 2B to Stantec. The company will assess the environmental impact of the proposed Phase 2B of the project – the [...]

Executive committee supports Scarborough subway plan

Posted on March 8, 2017
Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee has approved the plan for a one-stop Scarborough subway extension, with an estimated price tag of $3.35 billion. According to an article from the Toronto Star, only one member of the committee voted against the proposal, Ward 43 Councillor Paul Ainslie who supports a previously-recommended light rail transit plan instead of the subway. Organizations lobbying for both plans, subway and LRT, has been very vocal in recent weeks as Toronto City Council looks to make a final decision on what transit plan to [...]

Pattern completes financing for 147 MW wind project

Posted on March 7, 2017
Pattern Energy Group LP has announced the completion of CAD $263 million construction-to-term financing for its 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project, which is now entering full-stage construction. Financing was provided by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Bayerische Landesbank, and fully amortizes over the term of the project’s 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hydro-Québec. Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City, in the [...]

VIA pitches high-frequency rail project

Posted on March 6, 2017
As the Government of Canada looks for ways to transition to a low-carbon economy, executives at VIA Rail are doing their part to provide a transportation solution that will remove millions of carbon dioxide production each year. Speaking at the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montréal, VIA Rail President and CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano discussed a proposed new high-frequency rail project, running additional service through Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, and Quebec City. The project is an initiative put forward by the VIA Rail management team [...]

Infrastructure spending not growing Canada's economy?

Posted on March 6, 2017
Only 11 cents of every dollar in new federal government infrastructure spending will be spent on highways, bridges, railways and ports— projects that can actually help improve Canada’s economy, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. This finding corroborates a Senate committee report from earlier this week that encouraged Ottawa to make transportation and trade infrastructure a priority. “The federal government has pinned its economic hopes on a major infrastructure spending plan [...]
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