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Energy Tops Top 100 as Mega-Project Spending Soars

Posted on January 8, 2015
Canadian mega-project spending is on the rise. The value of the country’s 100 biggest public infrastructure projects has grown to $157.9 billion, a 12-per-cent increase over 2014’s $140.5 billion, according to ReNew Canada, which today released its ninth annual Top 100 Projects report. View the complete report breakdown at http://top100projects.ca/2015filters/. The list is dominated by $62.3 billion in energy projects, with hydroelectric generation—including the controversial and costly Site C dam—claiming the first four of the top 10 spots: Site [...]

Ontario, Quebec Ask Fed to Boost Infrastructure Investments

Posted on December 16, 2014
Ontario and Quebec’s finance ministers made the case to the federal government that the time is right to make additional investments in public infrastructure to support job creation and economic growth in Canada. Ontario and Quebec are encouraged by the federal government's recognition of the critical role infrastructure plays in building Canada's economy. Together, they urged the federal government to increase its funding for provincial-territorial public infrastructure in its upcoming 2015 budget to build a stronger economic union. In a press release [...]

National Bank Releases Public Transit Financing Study

Posted on October 21, 2014
National Bank unveiled the results of a study (download PDF) on an innovative way to fund the development of public transit in Quebec, more specifically in the Montreal region. This study by Dr. George Hazel, an internationally recognized transportation expert, and his team discusses a financing method that is contributing to the renaissance of public transit and its positive impact on the world's major cities. National Bank teams confirmed these findings during meetings with people in charge of several major public transit projects in Asia, Europe, and [...]

Stantec to Acquire Dessau’s Engineering Assets

Posted on September 25, 2014
North American design firm Stantec plans to significantly strengthen its presence in Quebec by acquiring the Canadian engineering operations of Montreal-based Dessau. The 1,300 Dessau employees from 20 offices throughout Quebec, as well as offices in Mississauga and Ottawa, Ontario, will join Stantec in the transaction, which is expected to close in the beginning of 2015, pending satisfaction of certain conditions including regulatory approvals. “With nearly 25 per cent of the Canadian population and a large infrastructure market, expanding in Quebec [...]

$600M Quebec Highway Expansion Plan Criticized

Posted on September 24, 2014
A Government of Quebec plan to expand Montreal’s Highway 19 is being criticized by city councillors and transit spokespeople. The proposed $600-million project would widen the highway to four lanes between the Island of Montreal and Highway 640, on the city’s north shore, in an effort to ease congestion on Highway 335. With the plan now subject to public consultation, opponents are suggesting expanded transit as a more viable solution to congestion issues. “Every dollar invested in public transit is worth three times more jobs or added value for [...]

Canada Unveils Bridge for the St. Lawrence Design

Posted on July 2, 2014
Infrastructure Canada has presented the design for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence—one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. The design of the new bridge to replace the Champlain Bridge was the result of a collaborative process. An architectural review panel comprised of architect Poul Ove Jensen from Dissing+Weitling, local firm Provencher Roy, the City of Montréal, Mission Design, Heritage Montréal, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, and the Ordre des architectes du Québec developed the design in collaboration with Arup [...]

Canada Renews $5B Gas-Tax Agreement with Quebec

Posted on June 26, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the renewal of the Gas Tax Fund Administrative Agreement with Quebec, which will provide an estimated $5 billion over the next 10 years to support public infrastructure across Quebec. The agreement sets out the amount of funding to be transferred from the federal gas-tax fund to the Government of Quebec, how the Quebec intends to disburse the funding to municipalities, and the reporting requirements. The agreement provides Quebec municipalities with support to undertake priority public infrastructure projects. The [...]

LVM, EnGlobe Combine Businesses

Posted on June 17, 2014
LVM Inc., a geotechnical, materials, and environmental engineering firm, and EnGlobe Corp., a integrated environmental services firm, have agreed to combine their businesses in a transaction led by ONCAP Management Partners and supported by La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Combining these two businesses will create the largest Quebec-based provider of integrated environmental and technical services, and one of the leading firms in Canada and internationally. The transaction was expected to close in the second quarter of 2014 and is subject [...]

$500M Being Invested in St. Lawrence Seaway

Posted on April 30, 2014
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season with the transit of Algoma Central Corp.’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway. “Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the [...]

New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Joins Canada’s Top 3 Bridge Projects as a P3

Posted on January 16, 2014
The announcement that the new bridge for the St. Lawrence will be built as a public-private partnership (P3) recognizes the critical importance of the Champlain Bridge as a $20-billion annual trade corridor and vital transportation artery for Quebec and Canada. The Government of Canada has released the PricewaterhouseCoopers business case confirming that a P3 will provide the most cost-effective method to deliver the project within an accelerated timeline. The project ranked No. 4 on ReNew Canada’s Top 100: Canada Biggest Infrastructure Projects report [...]
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