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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 [...]

CDPQ Infra announces historic land agreement

Posted on March 21, 2017
CDPQ Infra has announced a partnership with the Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec (UPA) and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM). This partnership will enable the creation of an agricultural land trust and, eventually, a metropolitan agricultural park, to promote the use of agricultural land and its activities, thereby helping to limit urban sprawl around the Réseau électrique métropolitain’s (REM) future South Shore terminal station. This initiative is a first between a project promoter, the UPA, and the CMM. "Through this [...]

Quebec announces $4.6 billion transportation investment

Posted on March 15, 2017
The Government of Québec will invest more than $ 4.6 billion in the Québec highway system during the period 2017-2019 to undertake, continue, or complete 2,062 road works throughout Quebec, and to create and maintain more than 31,000 jobs. The $ 4.6 billion that will be invested over the next two years is broken down as follows: $2.1 billion will be devoted to the MTMDET structures; $252.6 million will go to the municipal network structures; more than $ 1.2 billion for pavements; $626.9 million will go towards improving the network; and $463.7 [...]

Pattern completes financing for 147 MW wind project

Posted on March 7, 2017
Pattern Energy Group LP has announced the completion of CAD $263 million construction-to-term financing for its 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind project, which is now entering full-stage construction. Financing was provided by The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Bayerische Landesbank, and fully amortizes over the term of the project’s 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hydro-Québec. Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City, in the [...]

CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project awarded

Posted on March 6, 2017
Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have awarded a fixed-price contract to Plenary Health CAMH to design, build, finance, and maintain the CAMH Phase 1C redevelopment project. The contract is valued at approximately $685 million, which reflects the payments made during construction, the substantial completion payment, and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments. This figure does not reflect the total project cost. The Plenary Health CAMH team includes: Developer: Plenary Group (Canada) [...]

Safety inspectors to attend La Romaine worksite

Posted on February 15, 2017
Union safety specialists will monitor the La Romaine worksite in the wake of four deaths on the job site since the project began. According to an article from CBC News, this is the first time Hydro-Québec has allowed permissions for the specialists to monitor the job site, which is in year eight of the eleven-year development. On average, 975 workers are present on the job site at any given time, with up to 2,000 during peak periods. The job site is located near Havre-Saintt-Pierre, on Quebec’s north shore of the Saint Lawrence River. The $6.5-billion [...]

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 [...]

Canada, Quebec provide funding for biomethanation facilities

Posted on December 20, 2016
The governments of Canada and Quebec have provided more than $30 million for the construction of the biomethanation facilities for the Société d'économie mixte de l'est de la couronne sud (SEMECS). The SEMECS project will facilitate the treatment of organic waste generated by residents of the regional county municipalities (MRCs) of La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D'Youville and Rouville. The new biomethanation facilities will be able to efficiently reclaim organic material from various sources and convert it into renewable fuel, i.e. biogas. Once [...]

New stations added to REM project

Posted on November 29, 2016
CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the addition of three new stations to the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project. The Bassin Peel, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations will improve downtown Montréal service and further integrate the REM into the métro system through connections to the Orange, Green and Blue lines. The new stations were made possible by the development of innovative solutions to complex technical issues. The three new stations will: Increase efficient use of public transit [...]
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