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Alberta Communities Connect to Red Deer Transit System

Posted on June 6, 2014
The City of Lacombe and Town of Blackfalds in Central Alberta are launching a regional transit service on August 25, 2014, which will connect the two communities to the City of Red Deer. The BOLT Transit system will be cost-shared by Lacombe and Blackfalds, and operated by Red Deer Transit. “This partnership is a significant achievement and a great example of regional collaboration, and it will provide an important quality of life benefit to a large number of people by connecting our communities,” Lacombe mayor Steve Christie said in a release. “The [...]

Regina Names Preferred Proponent for Sewage Treatment Plant P3

Posted on May 29, 2014
The City of Regina announced that EPCOR Saskatchewan Water Partners has been chosen as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the City’s new Sewage Treatment Plant. They now move to the next phase of the procurement process: contract execution and financial close. “I’m pleased to announce that EPCOR’s proposal is under what the City’s budget identified for this project,” said Mayor Fougere. “This is an example of how public-private-partnerships can benefit communities, and shows that our residents made the [...]

Winnipeg’s BRT P3 Application Leads to Call for Referendum

Posted on May 22, 2014
The City of Winnipeg’s request this week for federal rapid transit funding prompted Coun. Jeff Browaty to propose a referendum on the project instead. While agreeing that rapid transit would be an “excellent” move for the city, Browaty questions whether it is the most important allocation of the expected $590 million to complete the project. “If the citizens of Winnipeg say it's their No. 1 priority, absolutely, let's go ahead with it,” Browaty conceded, suggesting that, with October’s civic election on the horizon, a citizen vote would be [...]

Canada Contributes $200M to Regina Bypass Project

Posted on May 15, 2014
The Government of Canada has invested up to $200 million in a public-private partnership (P3) to support the construction of the Regina Bypass Project, which will feature new roads, service roads, and overpasses that will make travelling around Regina faster and safer. A request for qualifications (RFQ) will be issued later this month by the province to identify private sector proponent teams interested in bidding on the project. The contractor, once selected, will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project over a 30-year period. By using [...]

BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Reaches Financial Close

Posted on April 28, 2014
The construction of the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre took a major step forward, with the signing of the contract between the Provincial Health Services Authority and Affinity Partnerships for Phase 2 of the Redevelopment Project. The signing of the contract signals the end of negotiations and the finalization of a fixed-price, performance-based partnership agreement with Affinity Partnerships to design, build, finance, and maintain the Teck Acute Care Centre. Affinity Partnerships will [...]

PCL Preferred Proponent for the Regina Stadium Project

Posted on April 2, 2014
PCL Construction has been named as the preferred proponent in the Regina Revitalization Initiative Stadium Project. PCL is partnering with the architectural firms HKS and B+H on the design-build-finance project, which now moves on to the financial close phase of the procurement process. “We are extremely pleased to be moving to the next stage of the procurement process with PCL Construction Management Inc.,” said City of Regina deputy city manager and COO Brent Sjoberg, who is responsible for the project. “They are a world class team with a dynamic [...]

B.C. to Reduce Barriers Faced By Small Businesses: Report

Posted on March 31, 2014
In order to make it easier for small businesses to win government contracts, the Small Business – Doing Business with Government Project report has been released and British Columbia’s provincial government is committing to implement all 12 recommendations. After consulting with small businesses throughout the province, the government has released recommendations to reduce the barriers facing small business and make doing business with government easier. According to Naomi Yamamoto, the Minister of State for Small Business, “On the one-year anniversary [...]

Richmond, B.C. Adopts Resilient Economy Strategy

Posted on March 27, 2014
Richmond, British Columbia’s city council has approved a new Resilient Economy Strategy, updating the City’s 2002 Economic Development Strategy and setting priority action items for the City’s economic development portfolio for the next three to five years. “Long-term economic viability requires consistent job creation and business investment, resilient to economic cycle and environmental challenges,” says mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Resilient Economy Strategy accomplishes this through a set of initiatives designed to increase Richmond’s [...]

Alberta to Make Significant Investment in Highways

Posted on March 26, 2014
More than 2,500 kilometres of provincial highway will be rehabilitated in Alberta, thanks to $735 million designated in Budget 2014. The funding represents an increase of $284 million from the 2013-16 Capital Plan. “It is important to rural Alberta to keep our commerce moving, as good highways add to the strong rural economy that supports this province,” said President of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Bob Barss. “The list of needed projects is not going away. Alberta Transportation understands the importance of rebuilding [...]

Manitoba Makes $5.5B Infrastructure Pledge

Posted on March 7, 2014
Manitoba has announced a five-year, $5.5 billion investment plan for the province’s core infrastructure. More than $3.7 billion will go towards roads, highways, and bridges; $320 million to flood protection; and more than $1.5 million will be invested in municipal roads, clean water, and other municipal infrastructure. “We are making this historic investment because we know restoring and expanding our infrastructure is actually even more important during economic uncertainty,” Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton said. “These [...]
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