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New law changes the governance of Montreal transit

Posted on June 6, 2017
The Government of Québec has introduced new governance of public transit in the Montreal metropolitan area. The primary goal of Law 76 is to amend the organization and governance, led by the transition committee. Laurent Lessard, minister of transport, sustainable mobility and transportation electrification, has announced that the Council of Ministers has appointed seven members to the first board of directors of the Regional Metropolitan Transportation Authority: President: Pierre Shedleur, president and consultant Gestion Shedleur inc. Board [...]

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 [...]

Ottawa, Gatineau sign inter-provincial transit agreement

Posted on May 29, 2017
Mayors Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin announced an agreement between Ottawa and Gatineau that will better integrate the regional transit network. This agreement, a first in the history of the two cities, will help ensure efficient connections between the two transit systems when the O-Train’s Confederation Line begins service. It will also help achieve the two cities’ transit objectives and meet the needs of users on both sides of the Ottawa River. In addition to addressing the City of Ottawa’s long-standing concern over the volume of bus traffic [...]

Construction workers on strike in Quebec

Posted on May 25, 2017
Infrastructure projects across Quebec are at a standstill, as over 170,000 construction workers across the province have gone on strike. According to an article from the CBC, the workers have gone since April 30 without a collective agreement. Talks between the unions and employers broke down on May 23, which put a stop to work being done across the province. In the ongoing dispute, issues surrounding scheduling, salaries, and consistency of work have been cited as sticking points in the negotiations. There has been some discussion as to whether [...]

Quebec commits to construction of new Integrated Cancer Center

Posted on May 4, 2017
As part of the creation of the New University Hospital Complex at the University Hospital of Laval (CHU), the Quebec government is authorizing Phase 1 of the project, construction of the Integrated Cancer Center. This phase of the project involves the construction of the Integrated Cancer Center, including radiation oncology, cyclotron, and parking as part of this project. The estimated total cost of this work is $ 652.4 million, of which $559.9 million has been provided by the Government of Quebec. The CHU and its foundation contributed $54.4 million [...]

Consortium wins pre-project work for Île-aux-Tourtes bridge

Posted on May 2, 2017
A consortium made up of engineering firms exp, Stantec, and CIMA+ has been awarded a contract by the Ministère des Transports, Mobilité durable et Électrification des transports (MTMDET – ministry of transportation, sustainable mobility and transport electrification) to prepare preliminary and definitive pre-project studies, plans and specifications, as well as preliminary and definitive schedules, for the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge, located on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The mandate consists in providing the engineering services needed [...]

Quebec to replace the Honoré-Mercier bridge

Posted on May 1, 2017
The Government of Québec has announced the construction of a new structure to replace the aging Honoré-Mercier bridge. The bridge connects Lasalle on the Island of Montreal with the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve and Châteauguay. The new structure will be built next to the existing bridge and will include two lanes, as well as a multifunctional runway. The project is estimated at more than $100 million. As a result, it is subject to the Directive on the Management of Major Public Infrastructure Projects. "The analysis of the various options demonstrated [...]

Building construction underway at CFB Bagotville

Posted on April 25, 2017
The Government of Canada marked the beginning of the $46.9-million construction of two new buildings at 3 Wing Bagotville in Quebec. These buildings will be used by the Transportation and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (TEME) sections of the Wing. The TEME team is responsible for supporting base operations, especially the maintenance of heavy snow removal vehicles and maintenance of runways. These multi-functional and modern buildings will provide more work space to the sections, making their activities more rapid and efficient. The new buildings [...]

Bell investing $854 million in Montreal broadband infrastructure

Posted on March 29, 2017
Bell has announced it will invest a further $854 million to bring direct fibre links and faster internet speeds available to more homes and businesses throughout Montréal. Bell's fibre to the home (FTTH) connections will ultimately reach a total of 1.1 million residences and business locations throughout Québec's largest metropolis. "The announcement that Bell is investing $854 million in new communications infrastructure will without a doubt allow us to attract even more leading-edge businesses. This will be among the many advantages Montréal has to [...]

Consortium files lawsuit over Champlain Bridge project

Posted on March 29, 2017
The consortium responsible for the construction of the Champlain Bridge has launched a $124 million lawsuit against the federal government. According to an article from the CBC, the lawsuit alleges that consortium was not told that the existing bridge could not support the weight needed to allow certain bridge components to be delivered to the new construction site. As a result, delivery of the completed bridge could be delayed. Court documents filed show that the provincial Transport ministry informed Infrastructure Canada that no loads exceeding 65 [...]
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