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B.C. commits $200M to expand the Cariboo Connector

Posted on March 28, 2017
The Province of British Columbia is building on its continued commitment to increase capacity and improve efficiency of the Cariboo Connector with a further $200 million of provincial funding, announced Minister of State for Rural Economic Development Donna Barnett. “Today I’m announcing funding for Phase 3 of the Cariboo Connector Strategy that will continue our government’s long-term commitment to improve the safety and efficiency of this primary highway connection to the north,” Barnett said. “Through these important infrastructure improvements [...]

Alberta announces $149 million restoration at U of A

Posted on March 24, 2017
The Government of Alberta is investing $149 million over four years to restore the University of Alberta’s historic Dentistry/Pharmacy Building. The renovated building will serve as the university’s new administrative hub, where all administrative processes including Office of the Registrar will be relocated. It will also provide an increase in student service space to 17,800 square metres and free up room across campus that will be repurposed for student learning areas. Along with the long-term benefits, the project will create an estimated 18,750 [...]

Alberta commits $270.6 million to the University of Calgary

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Government of Alberta is committing $270.6 million over four years for 500 new study and classroom spaces with the renovation of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building at the University of Calgary. The investment will renew student spaces for the faculties of Nursing and Social Work and improve student access to post-secondary education. It will also mean more room for student services, increase student study and classroom spaces, and create a centre for entrepreneurship. Redevelopment work at the existing four-storey MacKimmie [...]

Alberta to twin Highway 15 bridge

Posted on March 23, 2017
The Government of Alberta plans to fully twin the critical Highway 15 corridor between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. The much-needed project involves construction of a second bridge crossing the North Saskatchewan River at the southern entrance to the City of Fort Saskatchewan and twinning the remaining two-lane section of Highway 15 towards Edmonton. An expanded Highway 15 bridge will support economic development and diversification by improving the connection between Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County through the Industrial Heartland. This [...]

Canada, B.C. invest $373.2 million in wastewater infrastructure

Posted on March 20, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced a combined $373.2 million for 144 new projects in B.C. through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding—more than $186.6 million— and the province is investing nearly $123.2 million. Local governments are contributing the balance of $63.4 million. Funding will support infrastructure projects across the province such as a new water treatment plant in West Kelowna, a drinking water system upgrade and universal metering project [...]

Alberta announces infrastructure funding in Budget 2017

Posted on March 17, 2017
The 2017 Alberta budget included funding for new infrastructure projects, identified as high priorities by the province. Budget 2017 included a Capital Plan that will invest $29.5 billion in infrastructure projects over four years. This includes: $7.6 billion in municipal infrastructure support, including $4.8 billion under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative and $0.8 billion for GreenTRIP $4.7 billion for capital maintenance and renewal to ensure public facilities will continue to serve the needs of Albertans $3.8 billion for climate change [...]

Funding announced for Highway 97 improvements

Posted on March 17, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have announced up to $40 million in joint funding to upgrade a stretch of Highway 97 that is prone to accidents and landslides. Highway 97 is the primary route connecting British Columbia with Alaska and the Yukon. It is a main route for tourism and for transportation of natural resources from the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin. The project involves the continuation of four lanes at the middle section of South Taylor Hill, 20 kilometres south of Fort St. John. In addition, the project will include grade [...]

Governments invest in CRD wastewater infrastructure

Posted on March 17, 2017
The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing a total of approximately $459 million in wastewater infrastructure investments in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Construction gets underway in April on the redesigned McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Township of Esquimalt. The $385 million project is being funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the CRD. This is the first of three integrated projects totalling an estimated $765 million to put in place a modern, efficient wastewater [...]

Weir Hydroelectric Project moving forward

Posted on March 15, 2017
A committee of City of Saskatoon councillors believe that the city should prepare a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, as the agreement would start a feasibility study for a jointly-owned hydropower station at the weir. The Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services approved the move at its meeting on March 12.  It will be considered by City Council later this month. “This is a positive first step,” says Kevin Hudson, manager of sustainable energy for the city-owned Saskatoon Light & [...]

Keeyask Generating Station budget revised to $8.7 billion

Posted on March 14, 2017
The Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP) and Manitoba Hydro have announced a new control budget of $8.7 billion and revised in-service date of August 2021 for the Keeyask Generating Station, currently under construction on the Nelson River in northern Manitoba. This represents an increase from the previously approved control budget of $6.5 billion and a delay of 21 months from the previous in-service date of November 2019. The Keeyask Generating Station is owned by the KHLP, a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and four First Nations: Tataskweyak [...]
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