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Manitoba scraps $1 billion in healthcare infrastructure projects

Posted on February 9, 2017
The Government of Manitoba has cancelled plans to move forward with more than $1 billion worth of health care infrastructure projects for the province, citing financial constraints. According to a CBC News report, the list of projects includes the $300 million earmarked for a new facility for CancerCare Manitoba, as well as several clinics and wellness centres. Rather than progress with these projects, the province will focus its spend on urgent healthcare infrastructure projects. The announcement comes as the province received the Provincial Clinical [...]

N.B. announces $90 million for Saint John Regional Hospital

Posted on February 7, 2017
Premier Brian Gallant announced an estimated $90 million will be invested in the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John. The investments will cover the redesign and redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), surgical, and oncology units. This year, $2.5 million will be invested to begin the work on the functional programming, conceptual design, and construction documentation planning for the renovations and upgrades to the surgical unit, oncology, and ICU. The Horizon Health Network Board will partner with the provincial government for funding [...]

Work begins on $680-million Chinook Power Station

Posted on February 6, 2017
Work on SaskPower’s newest addition to its generation fleet, Chinook Power Station, has begun. Site work started in January on the 350 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant near Swift Current. “We know that the people of Saskatchewan deserve and expect reliable power, and demand for that power continues to grow,” said Premier Brad Wall. “The construction of Chinook Power Station is one way to ensure that our province has the power it needs today and well into the future. Once complete, Chinook will be capable of generating enough power for [...]

DND awards contract for the demolition of "B" Jetty

Posted on February 6, 2017
The Department of National Defence has awarded a $55.45 million contract to Pomerleau Inc. from Surrey, B.C., for the demolition of the existing “B” Jetty at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Esquimalt and preparing the site for future rebuilding work. The existing jetties, “A” and “B”, were originally designed for ships that were smaller and lighter than today’s modern Canadian Patrol Frigates. As such, they are not long enough or deep enough to accommodate modern ships. “This major infrastructure project has reached another important [...]

Governments partner to build new Gouin bridge

Posted on February 6, 2017
The new Gouin bridge will be built to meet the needs of all users (vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists), creating significant benefits for the population of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the region. The $126 million project involves building a new structure located slightly north of the existing one. This new bridge will have two lanes in each direction, shoulders, sidewalks, and a two-way bike path located on the south side. These feature will ensure the safety and functionality of the crossing, improve the movement of people and good and enhance the urban [...]

Winning consortium selected for Hamilton Biosolids Project

Posted on February 6, 2017
Harbour City Solutions consortium has been selected as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a biosolids management project for the City of Hamilton, Ont. Harbour City Solutions includes: Bird Construction, Synagro Technologies, Inc. (Synagro Capital), Andritz Separation Inc., Cole Engineering, Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd./Maple Reinders PPP Ltd., and AIM Environmental Group. Bird Construction has a 50 per cent interest in the construction joint venture that will design and build the project. It will also take [...]

Green bond proceeds fund environmentally-friendly infrastructure

Posted on February 3, 2017
Ontario has successfully issued its third green bond, raising $800 million to help build clean transportation and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects in communities across the province. Proceeds from the bond will support 12 projects, including: St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, targeted to achieve LEED gold-level certification ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, expected to achieve LEED silver-level certification York VivaNEXT Bus Rapid Transit Expansion in York Region GO Transit [...]

RFP issued for Michael Garron Hospital project

Posted on February 3, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), a division of Toronto East Health Network, have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to three companies to design, build and finance the new patient care tower project at the hospital. Teams invited to submit proposals were selected based on their design and construction capability, experience, and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. The following companies have been invited to submit formal proposals: EllisDon Infrastructure [...]

PBO analysis shows gap in infrastructure funding

Posted on February 3, 2017
In his first report to parliament, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, provided analysis on the results of the Government’s New Infrastructure Plan (NIP) announced through the 2016 Federal Budget and its 2016 Fall Economic Statement. Entitled Canada’s New Infrastructure Plan: Following the Money, the PBO’s analysis shows that of the $13.6 billion for fiscal years 2016-18 announced in Budget 2016, departments have identified only $4.6 billion worth of projects. It stated, “While departments have committed to spending all [...]

B.C. construction workforce poised for significant growth

Posted on February 3, 2017
The ramp-up of major projects in B.C., from proposed transportation, pipeline, and LNG projects to highway and bridgework will bolster the province’s construction workforce by 24 per cent, or almost 17,000 workers over the next five years, according to the latest labour market forecast released by BuildForce Canada. “It’s potentially the most rapid rise we’ve seen in B.C.’s construction workforce in the past decade,” said Rosemary Sparks, executive director of BuildForce Canada. “The pace and magnitude of many of these proposed projects will [...]
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