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Montreal Board of Trade Stresses Creativity

Posted on May 27, 2009
Earlier this week, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (BTMM) held its annual seminar on Montréal's major projects. Under the theme "Keeping up the pace despite the crisis," some three hundred high-level managers and decision makers met to discuss the implementation and advancement of ten major projects in the metropolitan area. Christian Paradis, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Raymond Bachand, Quebec's Minister of Finance and Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade; and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor [...]

$2.1 in GMF Funding for Quebec

Posted on May 15, 2009
During  a speech to the Union des municipalités du Québec at its annual session in Gatineau, Jean Perrault, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $2.1 million for sustainable development projects in 14 Quebec municipalities. "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources that specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal government," said Perrault. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that [...]

Quebec Gets $1.8-Billion Boost

Posted on May 15, 2009
The Canada-Quebec Gas Tax Fund has received an added $1.8-billion and an extension from 2010 and 2014. The fund supports environmentally sustainable infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, public transit and local roads. From 2005 to 2014, Quebec communities will receive over $3 billion through the fund, which will become permanent in 2014. In addition to extending the Gas Tax payment, the feds are doubling the annual funding that Quebec receives through the fund and making the funding available to municipalities almost three months early. The [...]

"Biggest Construction Project in Canada" Underway

Posted on May 14, 2009
Our number one project on this year's Top 100 list, the Romaine Hydroelectric Complex is officially under construction. Québec Premier Jean Charest made the announcement yesterday accompanied by Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Claude Béchard, Minister of Native Affairs, Pierre Corbeil, the mayor of Havre-Saint-Pierre and prefect of the Minganie RCM, Pierre Cormier, the chiefs of the Innu communities of the Moyenne-Côte-Nord and Basse-Côte-Nord, and Hydro Québec president and CEO, Thierry Vandal. There has been a lot of controversy around [...]

Dessau Responds to Water Meter Controversy

Posted on May 13, 2009
In response to the hubbub over contracts a consortium that includes Dessau obtained in Montreal, Jean-Pierre Sauriol, president of Dessau, wrote an open letter. Sauriol says, "Some have gone so far as to plant the idea that we have links to organized crime, as one of our affiliates rented an office with no prior knowledge (a fact that must be stressed) that the building was owned by a member of the mafia. These insinuations, as others that have been concocted lately, bear heavy consequences and bring unjust prejudices to our company." He stresses that [...]

Armtec Buys Groupe Tremca

Posted on April 28, 2009
Armtec Infrastructure Income is acquiring the assets of Groupe Tremca Inc. for around $45 million. Based in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Groupe Tremca is a manufacture of precast concrete and infrastructure products, including concrete pipes, architectural and structural elements, highway noise barriers, retaining walls and precast amenities and steps. The transaction will be funded in part by a $33 million increase in the Fund's committed Credit Facilities, which is being provided by its existing syndicate of banks. The balance will be funded [...]

Construction to Start on $1.5B Highway Expansion

Posted on April 22, 2009
Groupe AGF today said it has been awarded a $100-million contract to provide reinforcing steel for the 42-kilometre extension of Quebec's Autoroute 30 between Vaudreuil-Dorion and Chateauguay. Serge Gendron, Eng., President of Groupe AGF, made the announcement today in Longueuil, telling reporters that this contract is the biggest ever awarded in Québec. This marks the start of construction on one of our Top 10 projects for 2008 (part of our annual Top 100 listing). The contract covers the entire 42-kilometre extension of Highway 30, including the [...]

Hydrogen Showcase at PET Airport

Posted on April 20, 2009
An $11-million hydrogen technologies showcase just opened at Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The demonstration project got $2.4 million in federal funding  through the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative. The rest came from partners like Air Liquide Canada and the province's Agence de l'efficacité énergétique. The goal is to showcase a variety of applications for hydrogen energy technologies at the airport, including a new type of fuelling infrastructure. The captive audience of 20 million travelers who pass through the airport [...]

Terrebonne LEEDs with GMF Funding

Posted on April 8, 2009
The latest community to develop an innovative project with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is Terrebonne, Quebec. The town will use a $350,000 GMF grant to develop a sustainable neighbourhood. The new development will be a mix of residential, businesses and light industry. All of the project's buildings will meet LEED-Neighbourhood standards. Dorval mayor and FCM representative Edgar Rouleau said during the funding announcement, "The financing and knowledge provided by the supports the development [...]

Infrastructure Planning During a Deficit

Posted on March 23, 2009
Last Thursday's budget announcements in Quebec revealed a debt not experienced in over a decade. Already one of the highest in the country, estimates put the province's deficit at $130-billion by the end of the next fiscal year. But Premier Jean Charest says the government's five-year, $42-billion infrastructure renewal plan will help pull Quebec out of the recession in 2010. "We have placed our priority on the economy and on jobs. The Quebec economy and Quebeckers are doing better thanks to the actions taken by our government," he said during an address [...]
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