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B.C. approves $166M budget for construction of “long-overdue” acute care tower in Vancouver

October 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—British Columbia’s Ministry of Health has approved construction of a $166 million six-storey acute care facility for Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. Paul Myers Tower, to be located on the site of the hospital’s former Activation Building — which

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Concrete tech firm CarbonCure earns backing of high-profile investment fund that includes Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos

September 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

The Halifax-based company’s bolt-on technology injects carbon dioxide into the abundant construction material during the production process

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Cities aim to shake up how feds handle infrastructure procurement

September 25, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The drive could reshape how construction projects get off the ground, as well as give contractors a clearer idea of what work will be available each year

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Dawson City, Y.T. gets $15.7M to overhaul water, sewer system

September 13, 2018 by David Kennedy

WHITEHORSE—A remote city on the Yukon River best known as a base camp during the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush has secured $15.7 million to bring its wastewater system into the modern era. The federal and territorial government announced the

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Feds, B.C. partner on $229M program for rural infrastructure upgrades

September 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

WHISTLER, B.C.—Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson says the federal and British Columbia governments are targeting rural communities for new infrastructure projects. She told delegates Sept. 12 at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler that $229 million in

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Calgary 2026 Olympics win would mean construction of two new venues, upgrades to existing ones

September 13, 2018 Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—City councillors voted Sept. 11 to keep the Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games alive, after a draft plan presented to council revealed the total cost of hosting the games would be approximately $5.23 billion. After

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Toronto remains confident about landing Amazon’s coveted HQ2

September 13, 2018 Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

The promised $5-billion investment in a second company headquarters would be a boon for the city’s builders

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Metrolinx, contractors behind $5.3B Eglinton Crosstown settle dispute, keeping project on time, on budget

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Metrolinx, Infrastructure Ontario and the Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium building Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown light rail project have resolved a dispute over the project’s timeline and budget. The three parties involved in construction of the new $5.3 billion LRT agreed last

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Water infrastructure firm wins $17M contract to upgrade treatment plant in Port Alberni, B.C.

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

PORT ALBERNI, B.C.—A Vancouver Island city of approximately 18,000 has awarded the main construction contract that will kick-start work on significant upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. Port Alberni, B.C. said last week it will pay Tritech Group $17.1 million

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Feds, B.C. commit $3B for Broadway line expansion, Surrey LRT construction

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—The federal and provincial governments have jointly committed more than $3 billion to expand a transit line in Metro Vancouver and construct the city’s first light rail transit system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan announced the funding

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Construction crews race to repair rail line to isolated Churchill, Man. before winter

September 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHURCHILL, Man.—After enduring more than a year with its rail link to the rest of Canada severed, the remote town of Churchill, Man. is finally set to be reconnected. The Arctic Gateway Group said Aug. 31 it had closed a

Sanitary installation just east of York Street (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto).
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Federal foot dragging on infrastructure investments jeopardizing Ontario economy, report says

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

Infrastructure spending as a percentage of the province’s GDP has declined or remained flat every year since 2010

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Ottawa invests $42M to repair, restore Nova Scotia craft harbours

August 20, 2018 Alex Cooke, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Ottawa is spending $42 million on 27 small craft harbours across Nova Scotia, aimed in part at helping them recover and prepare for the threat of climate change. Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and a Nova Scotia MP,

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Bird picked to build nine new provincial police facilities across Ontario

August 17, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Infrastructure Ontario has tapped a consortium headed by Bird Construction Inc. to build nine separate Ontario Provincial Police facilities from suburban Mississauga to remote Fort Frances, Ont. The new facilities for police detachments in nine cities across the province

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Feds firm up infrastructure agreement with P.E.I., near finish line on provincial funding deals

August 16, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHARLOTTETOWN—Ottawa and Prince Edward Island have inked a bilateral infrastructure agreement, bringing the federal government one step closer to finalizing funding deals with all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. The $366 million agreement lays the groundwork for new projects across

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EllisDon closes $1.2B deal to build new Toronto hospital

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction on a major hospital project on Toronto’s west end is set to get underway. Contractor EllisDon said Aug. 14 it has finalized a $1.2 billion contract with Infrastructure Ontario for work on the West Park Healthcare Centre. It

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Liberals showcase benefits of billions spent on infrastructure projects

August 13, 2018 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Little more than a year before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping to remind Canadians about the benefits derived from one of their signature promises from the last election: investing billions in infrastructure. For the past week,

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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Aecon reports record $6.4B backlog of mostly major infrastructure projects for Q2

August 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. posted a record $6.4 billion backlog for Q2 as the dust settles over its controversial blocked sale to a Chinese construction company by the federal government in May. The backlog, exceeding the company’s 2016 record of nearly

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$486M highway improvement project to link Quebec and N.L. receives federal funding

July 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

BAIE-COMEAU, Q.C.—A $486 million project to upgrade a winding and ill-developed highway in northeast Quebec has received $183 million from the federal government. The Highway 389 Improvement Program is part of Plan Nord, the province’s $2 billion project to spur