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Nearly $200 million committed to Highway 40 upgrades

Posted on September 29, 2017
The Government of Alberta is investing nearly $200 million in improvement projects along Highway 40 between the Yellowhead Highway and Grande Prairie that will enhance travel for residents and industries in northwestern Alberta, including the forestry, oil and gas, and tourism sectors. “Our government’s investment in these critical projects along Highway 40 supports the transportation network Albertans rely on every day,” said Brian Mason, minister of transportation. “These highway improvements will continue to ensure this region has the infrastructure [...]

Nova Scotia presents first budget of new mandate

Posted on September 28, 2017
Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government has announced details of Budget 2017-18 for Nova Scotia. This is the first budget of the new term for McNeil, following the election of a majority Liberal government on May 30th. The budget builds on the budget tabled in the spring, before the province’s general election. Budget 2017-18 has a positive net position of $21.3 million on estimated revenues of $10.6 billion and expenses of $10.5 billion. Included in the budget highlights were notes on several key investment areas in the infrastructure sector: Undertake [...]

Contract signed for Belfast maintenance and storage facility

Posted on September 27, 2017
The City of Ottawa has signed a contract as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ratified on March 24th, 2017 for a portion of Stage 2 of the Confederation Line. EllisDon, as part of the Rideau Transit Group Partnership (RTG), is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with the City of Ottawa for the expansion of a maintenance and storage facility located at Belfast Road. This facility is part of Stage 2 construction for the Confederation Line Light Rail transit system. The $106 million contract includes the Early Work Package Variation [...]

Shortlist of bidders announced for Rutherford Station project

Posted on September 27, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx have shortlisted three teams to design, build, and finance the Rutherford Station project. The infrastructure upgrades are required to accommodate the planned expansion of GO Transit rail service on the Barrie line. Teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualification (RFQ) process including, applicable construction experience and capacity to finance a project of this size and complexity. “Metrolinx is pleased to announce the short list of bidders for the Rutherford Station project,” [...]

Wind energy sector poised for growth in Alberta

Posted on September 27, 2017
The Alberta Government's plan to add 5,000 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity by 2030 will deliver economic opportunities, in addition to environmental benefits, according to a new report by The Delphi Group for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which was produced with funding support from the Alberta government. Wind energy is well positioned to deliver the renewable energy required to meet the Alberta government's commitment. The report, Alberta Wind Energy Supply Chain Study, finds that if wind energy were to meet 90 per cent of [...]

Siemens, Alstom join forces on mobility

Posted on September 27, 2017
Siemens and Alstom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine Siemens’ mobility business including its rail traction drives business with Alstom. The transaction brings together two innovative players of the railway market with unique customer value and operational potential. The two businesses are largely complementary in terms of activities and geographies. Siemens will receive newly issued shares in the combined company representing 50 per cent of Alstom’s share capital on a fully diluted basis. “This Franco-German merger of equals sends [...]

Opening of Meikle Wind project celebrated in B.C.

Posted on September 27, 2017
Pattern Energy Group Inc. has announced the opening of its 179 megawatt (MW) Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, approximately 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge. “This project has been critical to the community for the past three years when other industries were leaving Tumbler Ridge,” said Don McPherson, mayor of Tumbler Ridge. Meikle Wind utilized more than 500,000 person-hours of labor during construction, with in excess of 30% of the value of contracts awarded to First Nation-affiliated contractors and other regional firms. The [...]

Make users pay for the water services they use: report

Posted on September 27, 2017
Municipal water and wastewater services are vital to our health, the economy, and the environment. These networks of infrastructure produce and deliver clean drinking water and remove and treat wastewater. Yet there are hidden problems in many municipalities: Canadians are some of the biggest water users in the world, and our infrastructure deficits threaten both the quality and quantity of our clean water. In Canada's Ecofiscal Commission’s new report, Only the Pipes Should be Hidden: Best practices for pricing and improving municipal water and wastewater [...]

Quebec, Ontario, California join to fight climate change

Posted on September 26, 2017
Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and California Governor Edmund G. Brown further strengthened their cooperation in the global fight against climate change. Premier Couillard hosted Premier Wynne and Governor Brown in Québec City to sign an agreement linking the carbon markets of Québec, Ontario, and California. “Premier Jean Charest chose to set up a carbon market in Québec,” said Philippe Couillard, premier of Quebec. “Today, our government is taking this initiative to another level by promoting and recruiting [...]

Quebec, Toyota to study hydrogen infrastructure

Posted on September 25, 2017
Following the recent meeting between Quebec minister of energy and natural resources Pierre Arcand, and Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Canada and Transition Énergétique Québec (TEQ) have announced their intention to enter into an MOU to study the market requirements for hydrogen infrastructure to support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles to Quebec. The announcement was made during the Japanese component of a mission to Asia led by Arcand. The two-part mission to Japan and China is aimed at positioning Québec as a [...]
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