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Edmonton South LRT Opens

Posted on April 27, 2009
Edmonton's new light-rail transit (LRT) line from Clareview Station to South Campus Station is now open. Ranking 51 on our Top 100 projects list, phase one of the $228-million South LRT extension was funded through local taxes and borrowing-the federal Gas Tax Fund will be used to help repay the borrowing. The City also got provincial funding through the Alberta Municipal Infrastructure Program and the City Transportation Fund. "Development of LRT is a key strategy to achieve our city vision," said Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel at today's official opening [...]

TransLink Looking For $450 million

Posted on April 24, 2009
Members of TransLink's Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation voted unanimously on Wednesday to ask that the provincial government use the carbon and gas taxes to raise money for regional transportation. Earlier this week, British Columbia's political news outlet, The Tyee, reported that cash-strapped TransLink needs to boost its yearly revenues by $450 million over its current $1-billion budget. The Council announced it won't support increases in property taxes-a municipality's only major tool for bringing in revenue to fund municipal services. [...]

Manitoba Goes into the Research Business

Posted on April 17, 2009
Thompson, Manitoba will be home to a new Environmental Test Research and Education Centre (CanETREC). This will be the largest and most advanced cold weather testing facility in the world, according to Vic Toews, president of the Treasury Board. "We are pleased to support this leading edge testing facility," Premier Gary Doer said at today's announcement. "Research and innovation are catalysts for new business opportunities and job creation, and we are pleased to be a part of a project that will help generate new education, training, and job opportunities." CanETREC [...]

B.C. Brownfield Funding

Posted on April 17, 2009
British Columbia is offering $1.8 million in funding through the Brownfield Renewal Funding Program. Agriculture and Land Minister Ron Cantelon said this week, "Many of us know of a site in our community that isn't being used because landowners and developers are reluctant to take on the initial investigative and related environmental work. The goal of the Brownfield Funding Program is to encourage this exploratory work, which can lead to redevelopment and stimulate economic growth." The announcement was made at Ladysmith Harbour, a brownfield site [...]

B.C. Energy Update

Posted on April 16, 2009
The province of British Columbia has released an Energy Plan Report on Progress to update the public on the work that's been done since the province's Energy Plan was released in 2007. Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom said in a release, "The Energy Plan Report on Progress provides a snapshot of how B.C. is working with First Nations, industry and communities to develop innovative, sustainable energy solutions for British Columbians." The report provides updates on the 55 policy actions outlined in the BC Energy Plan, which [...]

RFQ for Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 3

Posted on April 9, 2009
Construction of the Hill-to-Portal section of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project-number 79 on our Top 100 list-will begin this fall, a year ahead of schedule. Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, along with British Columbia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Kevin Falcon, announced today that Phase 3 of Kicking Horse Canyon project is being pushed forward. "By accelerating this project, the Government of Canada is investing in a project that will create jobs and will take immediate action [...]

$100 Million for SK Municipalities

Posted on April 9, 2009
Nearly 800 Saskatchewan municipalities will get accelerated funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) funding on a per capita basis by March 31, 2009. The province is dolling out $100 million to urban, rural and northern municipalities to start construction and/or repairs on wastewater, transportation and recreational projects - infrastructure that has been neglected for years. "The Premier announced this economic booster shot in February and today I am happy to announce we have delivered on this commitment to accelerate funding," [...]

Manitoba Releases a Balanced Budget

Posted on March 27, 2009
Manitoba has somehow managed to balance its 2009 budget, increase its spending by 4.4 per cent and reduce debt payments for the year to $20 million (compared to $110 million last year). A small surplus of $54 million is forecast. Finance Minister Greg Selinger told the legislature, "Revenues are flattening out. We have to make sure that we're careful as we go forward to have revenues to support key programs." The province is moving forward with construction projects, including a long list of health care facilities. Municipalities and communities [...]

Budget09 for Ontario: No Surprises

Posted on March 26, 2009
What happened to the good old days where we would report on the budget after it was announced? Minister Dwight Duncan just announced a budget with no surprises. As expected, Budget09 forecasts deficits of $3.9 billion in 2008-09 and $14.1 billion in 2009-10.  It lays out a plan to balance the budget by 2015-16 with the same "prudent management" that eliminated the $5.5 billion deficit that the government inherited in 2003. The McGuinty government will spend $32.5 billion oninfrastructure projects over the next two years; $390 million  to develop [...]

$350 Million for Evergreen Line

Posted on February 27, 2009
More Building Canada funding is being doled out. The latest big announcement should benefit Metro Vancouver residents. "The Evergreen Line demonstrates how our Government's Economic Action Plan is working," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper at this week's announcement.  "In the short term, we are creating thousands of direct jobs in the Metro Vancouver economy.  At the same time we are working together to ensure that the local families and businesses have access to an expanded, efficient and environmentally sustainable transit system that will help [...]
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