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Government of Canada releases carbon pricing plan

Posted on October 4, 2016
The Government of Canada has proposed its pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. Under the new plan, all Canadian jurisdictions will have carbon pricing in place by 2018. In order to accomplish this, Canada will set a benchmark for pricing carbon emissions—set at a level that will help Canada meet its greenhouse gas emission targets, while providing greater certainty and predictability to Canadian businesses. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing: they can put a direct price on carbon [...]

Report shows demand for construction related workers

Posted on October 4, 2016
In its ground-breaking report, Building Infrastructure, Building Talent, the Toronto Region Board of Trade has quantified a generation of jobs will be required for the billions being spent over the next 15 years upgrading and building new infrastructure in the Toronto region. The report highlights a need for 147,000 jobs from the economic demand for new construction-related workers (118,000) and the replacement demand for retiring workers (29,000). Together, this figure almost doubles the number of construction-related workers currently employed. “The [...]

RFP closed for Highway 427 expansion project

Posted on October 4, 2016
The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 Expansion project. Following a fair, open and transparent request for qualifications process, three teams – 427 North Link, Blackbird Infrastructure Group and Link 427 – were shortlisted and invited to respond to a request for proposals. All three teams submitted their proposals by the deadline. Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation will evaluate the proposals. A successful [...]

QUEST announces award finalists

Posted on October 3, 2016
QUEST announced the finalists for the 2016 Smart Energy Communities Awards which will be presented at QUEST’s 10th Annual Conference and Tradeshow – Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure and Climate Change taking place October 17-19 at the Westin in Calgary. The Smart Energy Communities Awards are presented annually by QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow - to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Smart Energy Communities improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs [...]

Edmonton ring road officially opens to traffic

Posted on October 3, 2016
Northeast Anthony Henday Drive officially opened to traffic on October 1st, improving access and supporting economic growth in the Edmonton region and across the province. Now that Alberta’s first ring road is complete, drivers have 80 kilometres of free-flow traffic around Edmonton, providing a new connection between the national and provincial highway networks and enhancing access for the Capital Region’s 24 municipalities. “The completion of Anthony Henday Drive marks the achievement of a major milestone in improving transportation in the Capital [...]

Safety and Sustainability the (Swedish) Sweet Spot

Posted on September 30, 2016
The godfather of Vision Zero, Dr. Matts-Åke Belin, emphasized the importance of integrated system design in challenging stakeholders to believe that a goal of zero pedestrian and cycling fatalities was more than an “ethical statement.” “We needed a different mindset to deal with the human psyche [...]

Asset Management Group focused on long-term infrastructure planning

Posted on September 30, 2016
The Ontario Asset Management Working Group (OAMWG) is a cross-section of public sector infrastructure representatives from Ontario that meet to share information and best practices to satisfy the growing needs of the asset management field. The goal of OAMWG is to make the connections between infrastructure, engineering, and finance in order to advance the field of asset management. The OAMWG is dedicated to the promotion, education, information exchange, and discussion of best cross industry asset management practices. The organization has tasked itself [...]

Work begins on $85 million Mackenzie interchange

Posted on September 30, 2016
The start of construction on the much-anticipated Highway 1 Admirals Road/ McKenzie interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Victoria has begun, said B.C. transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone. This, just over a year after it was first announced. The new interchange will be located on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Victoria and, once completed, will include improved access for cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and transit users. The final design announced in spring of this year reflects input from stakeholders, including the District [...]

Canada, Ontario invest in Ryerson University infrastructure

Posted on September 30, 2016
The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced a $36.63 million investment for Ryerson University infrastructure. "The government's generous contribution will enable Ryerson to further enhance our research and lab facilities where our faculty and students will be encouraged to tackle complex problems, think creatively and develop new solutions and approaches,” said Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, president of Ryerson University. “The changes coming to our campus will create more state-of-the-art facilities to shape Canada's future innovators, researchers and [...]

Metrolinx to consider non-Bombardier LRT vehicles?

Posted on September 29, 2016
In the wake of growing struggle by Bombardier to meet deadlines for delivering transit vehicles, a Toronto Star report suggests Metrolinx will consider other options for supplying the new Finch West LRT. According to the article, the consortia bidding on the Finch West LRT are allowed to “include a vehicle supplier as part of their bids.” Bombardier has failed to meet the original two deadlines to supply the pilot vehicle for the Eglinton LRT project, in 2014 and 2015, and the latest revised deadline of August 2016 has not been met either. Bombardier [...]
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