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Alberta to spend $90M to strengthen Edmonton-area bridge for heavy loads

May 30, 2018 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The Alberta government has set aside $90 million to upgrade a bridge across the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton. The Vinca Bridge crosses the waterway on Highway 38 south of Redwater, Alta. While only 2,000 vehicles cross the current

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Federal government spending $4.5B to buy Trans Mountain pipeline, B.C. terminal

May 29, 2018 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled the government’s plan to save the pipeline just days before Kinder Morgan’s self-imposed deadline

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First projects still some time away, newly-appointed infrastructure bank CEO says

May 28, 2018 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The new chief executive of the federal infrastructure agency says it could be well into 2019 before it will be ready to announce its first investment. The Trudeau government today announced that Pierre Lavallee, a former senior executive of the

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Countdown halted as construction of Nova Scotia rocket launch pad put on hold

May 22, 2018 Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The start date for the construction of Canada’s only commercial spaceport has been pushed back, a developer said following meetings at the proposed rocket launch site near a small fishing community on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore. Stephen Matier, president and

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Iqaluit airport, five others in Nunavut share $35M in expansion funds

May 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

IQALUIT—New federal funding will pay for upgrades at six airports in Northern Canada. The $35 million investment is designed to bolster air cargo storage in Nunavut’s capital Iqaluit and expand airport terminals in five other remote towns and hamlets across

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Former SNC-Lavalin exec charged with illegal federal political contributions

May 21, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A former executive of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has been charged by Canada’s election watchdog with helping to orchestrate illegal political donations paid to federal political parties between 2004 and 2011. Normand Morin, 76, faces five charges related to soliciting employees

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P.E.I. roads get $2.6M for island-wide improvements

May 21, 2018 On-Site Staff

WELLINGTON, P.E.I.—Two tiers of government have earmarked a combined $2.6 million for road work across Prince Edward Island. The federal and provincial governments pledged the funds for five separate road projects May 17. The infrastructure spend will cover resurfacing in

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Panel looks for increased transparency in Canadian construction through new standards

May 21, 2018 Amie Silverwood

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Canadian Institute Of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and The Canadian Association of Consulting Quantity Surveyors (CACQS) held a joint information session earlier this month about the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS), which included a

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If Kinder Morgan bails, feds would back new Trans Mountain investors: Morneau

May 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—If Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are plenty of other investors out there willing to take up the cause — and they will have the backing of the federal Liberal government,

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Liberals confirm $1.53B contribution to construct Calgary Green Line LRT

May 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has contributed $1.53 billion to construct Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit project. A commitment to fund a third of the project was put forward by the former Conservative government in July 2015. Alberta and Calgary will

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Dikes built 275 years ago link Nova Scotia to Canada. They could be in peril

May 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

Key infrastructure along the narrow isthmus linking the province to the rest of the country could be washed away by rising seas. The federal government is assessing how to save it

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Port of Quebec moving ahead with $30M infrastructure restoration project

May 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

QUEBEC CITY—One of eastern Canada’s largest ports has secured funding for a major restoration project. Over the weekend, the federal government committed funds to support a $30 million upgrade project aimed at revamping three separate sectors at the Port of

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Feds, Quebec to fund Lac Megantic rail bypass five years after deadly derailment

May 9, 2018 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Robert Bellefleur was about 100 kilometres west of Lac-Megantic on the night an oil-laden train derailed in his hometown five years ago and killed 47 people. He swears had he been home that night, he would have been sitting at

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Saskatchewan invests $14M in rural roads, bridges

May 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SASKATCHEWAN—The Government of Saskatchewan will invest $14 million to improve roads, bridges and culverts in 11 rural municipalities. Funding for the projects come from the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program (MREP). The 2018 MREP grants include: Five bridge and

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Aecon consortium closes $2.5B contract to construct Finch West LRT

May 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Mosaic Transit Group, comprised of Aecon, ACS Infrastructure Canada and CRH Canada Group, has signed a $2.5 billion contract to construct the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Toronto. The contract includes $1.2 billion of construction costs. Mosaic’s

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Ontario government earmarks billions for next wave of Toronto subway, LRT construction

May 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

The Liberal’s latest development plan will inject a further $9 billion toward building large scale transit projects across the city, including the so-called Downtown Relief Line

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Fredericton airport lands $30M to double size of terminal

May 2, 2018 by David Kennedy

FREDERICTON—An East Coast airport that has cruised past capacity over the past decade has secured funding for a “critical” terminal expansion. Government and airport officials were at the Fredericton International Airport earlier this week to announce an approximately $30 million

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EllisDon acquires Carillion Canada health care assets

April 23, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

EllisDon is now the sole service provider for four Ontario health facilities previously under Carillion Canada operations. Plans to acquire the assets were announced in February. The company acquired 100 per cent of four Carillion entities that provide support services

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Feds ordered savings review for Gordie Howe bridge over cost concerns

April 19, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Ottawa has been keeping a tight lid on how much the new cross-border bridge will cost to build

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Fairfax to acquire some Carillion Canada assets

February 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Fairfax Financial has agreed to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Carillion Canada. Under the transaction, Fairfax will acquire the services business carried on by Carillion Canada and over 4,500 Carillion employees will move to Fairfax. Services include: