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Citing budget pressures, Metrolinx scales back Hurontario LRT

March 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Ontario transit agency Metrolinx has revised the route of the soon-to-be-built Hurontario Light Rail Transit project, most notably chopping off a downtown loop included in the original plans. The provincial crown agency pointed to “potential” budget pressures and “a more

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Federal budget promises millions to promote skilled trades, outlines funding for job training programs

March 20, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—The federal government unveiled a series of new budgetary measures March 19 to encourage young people to enter the skilled trades. The Liberals plan to funnel $40 million over four years to Skills Canada under Budget 2019, with $10 million

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In pre-election budget, Liberals look to speed up infrastructure spending by offing cash directly to cities

March 20, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The $2.2 billion in extra funding is designed to pay for roads, bridges, water systems and other local infrastructure

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Connecting the dots between technology and capital

March 12, 2019 David Bowcott

You may have noticed that a number of articles I’ve penned in the last year have had a strong technology leaning. It isn’t a coincidence. There’s absolutely no doubt that over the last few years Silicon Valley has discovered the

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Planning underway for $1B road into mineral-rich region of Northwest Territories

March 5, 2019 Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Northern leaders are cheering a federal funding announcement for a long-awaited all-weather road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich Arctic. “This is a significant first step,” said Wally Schumann, minister of industry and infrastructure in the Northwest Territories. The $5.1

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Feds commit $86.5M to build Halifax high speed bypass

February 25, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

HALIFAX—The federal government is injecting $86.5 million to extend a gridlock-prone stretch of highway in Halifax.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in the city Feb. 21 to announce the funding for the Sackville-Bedford-Burnside Connector, which will stretch Highway 107 beyond

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EllisDon teams up with investment firm Fiera Capital on P3 projects

February 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Asset management firm Fiera Capital Corp. and contractor EllisDon have formed a new partnership to work together on a series of Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The long-term agreement, signed last October but disclosed Jan. 29, covers a portfolio of nearly

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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Some provinces creating challenges for infrastructure projects: Trudeau

January 29, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Unco-operative provincial governments have been making the effort to get more infrastructure dollars into Canada’s cities a challenge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau, whose government has struggled to fulfill tens of billions worth of infrastructure commitments, made the

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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‘Low-value’ construction projects delayed approval process, roll-out of federal infrastructure dollars, internal documents say

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A large number of small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program bogged down the approval process and delayed construction and spending, newly released documents show. An internal analysis obtained

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Infrastructure Bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects. In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about

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Building investment dips in November with declines in majority of provinces

January 23, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Investment in building construction dipped in November, with both residential and non-residential sector taking a more than two per cent hit to $11.6 billion. In the non-residential sector, investment decreased 1.6 per cent to $4.3 billion, largely due to declines

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Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

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No Infrastructure Bank money for public electricity grids, federal documents say

January 10, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A federal infrastructure agency created to finance new infrastructure — and alleviate the burden on the public purse — is not expected to back projects involving existing public electricity grids, newly released documents say. Many provinces need to upgrade their

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Quebec City consumed by debate over new span across St. Lawrence that could cost up to $10B

January 7, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River. Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly

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Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure

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Nova Scotia to spend $300M to improve roads and bridges in 2019-20

December 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will get $300 million in upgrades in 2019-20 — a $15 million increase over last year. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says much of the additional funding will go toward twinning portions

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Brampton, Ont. rethinks Hurontario LRT route, looks at tunnel option in major expansion of scope

December 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

Lengthening the line would add hundreds of millions to the construction contract. The current design is expected to cost $1.4 billion