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Edmonton launches first municipal energy reporting program

Posted on June 6, 2017
The City of Edmonton is launching a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure program (LBERD) aimed at transforming Edmonton's large buildings. This is the first municipally-led program of its kind in Canada. It will provide building owners with valuable information about their building energy performance and help them take advantage of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs and incentives for upgrades to heating, cooling, and lighting systems. Energy efficient buildings are critical to achieving Edmonton's energy efficiency and greenhouse gas [...]

Ontario looks to modernize construction laws

Posted on June 5, 2017
Ontario is looking to modernize provincial construction laws to address key issues and improve efficiency and competitiveness for construction businesses. Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced legislation that would, if passed, modernize the lien and holdback process, introduce needed rules to ensure Ontario construction workers get paid, on time, for the work they do, and make the dispute resolution process faster and simpler. Key measures include: Creating new prompt payment rules to give contractors and subcontractors certainty about when to [...]

Funding announced for Saskatchewan water, wastewater projects

Posted on June 5, 2017
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan have announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout Saskatchewan. This investment represents combined federal, provincial, and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects. The funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment lagoons, upgrading sewage pumps, and improving drinking water supply systems [...]

Governments commit funding to downtown relief line

Posted on June 5, 2017
The governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto announced a joint commitment to plan and design the relief line transit project in downtown Toronto. Through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada will be providing more than $27 million to support the planning and preliminary design of a relief line, a future rapid transit line that would relieve overcrowding on the Yonge Subway Line, and provide riders with more travel options. Ontario is providing over $150 million to advance planning and design work for the relief line as part [...]

Alta. invests $100m in transport infrastructure

Posted on June 1, 2017
Alberta will fund 87 municipal road, bridge, and community airport projects in 50 communities through 2017–18. Budget 2017 includes $100 million in Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) funding over three years—with more than $37 million approved for projects in 2017–18—for municipal infrastructure, including local road bridges, resource roads, and community airports in rural Alberta. The 2017–18 investment is expected to support more than 200 jobs across the province as approved projects get underway. “STIP funding helps [...]

Innovative asset management system awarded in Waterloo, Ont.

Posted on June 1, 2017
The City of Waterloo initiated an ambitious program to establish an integrated approach to stimulate asset management throughout the organization, and the innovative approach was selected for a national award by the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM). The city’s program won the CNAM Tereo Award, which recognizes excellence in developing and implementing asset management approaches and significant improvements in business performance through the use of asset management tools and techniques or approaches. Tereo is Greek for to watch over or to attend [...]

Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital project receives $50 million donation

Posted on May 31, 2017
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall joined the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS) to announce a $50 million donation and a new name for the children’s hospital and the foundation. The largest-ever gift of money to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan was made by the Jim Pattison Foundation. In honour of this generous donation, the hospital will be named the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. The CHFS will also be renamed the Jim Pattison Children’s Foundation. Jim Pattison is a Vancouver-based businessman and philanthropist [...]

Quebec adopts law sending construction labourers back to work

Posted on May 31, 2017
The Government of Quebec has announced the adoption of project law No. 142 by the National Assembly of Quebec, An Act to ensure the resumption of work in the construction industry and dispute settlement for the renewal of collective agreements. On May 31, construction workers will resume work on construction sites. The labor and management parties are also required to continue discussions with a view to concluding new negotiated agreements in the four sectors of industry. They will be accompanied by mediators appointed by the Minister. "We recognize [...]

Site selected for new Edmonton hospital

Posted on May 30, 2017
The Government of Alberta has announced the selection of the site for a new state-of-the-art hospital to be built in the City of Edmonton. The province has committed $400 million over four years to the project. With a projected 350 to 500 beds, the new hospital will provide expanded health-care delivery to a city that is seeing some of the highest population growth in the country. Southwest Edmonton has seen significant growth in recent years and this trend is expected to continue through to 2030. Over the next decade, the largest growth rate of seniors [...]

Focus on energy efficiency in water, wastewater systems: ECO

Posted on May 30, 2017
Ontario’s municipal water and wastewater systems use unnecessarily large amounts of energy. Thankfully, there is a huge opportunity to reduce the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of delivering these services to residents. That was the message delivered by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), at the release of her new report, Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water Use. Every Drop Counts, volume one of the ECO’s Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, looks at the energy use, greenhouse [...]
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