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Alberta to boost infrastructure spending by $10B, cut business taxes to reboot economy

July 2, 2020 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta is cutting business taxes, pumping billions into infrastructure and making a full court press to lure jobs from Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re going to be placing a huge emphasis on finance and

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M. Sullivan & Son, SNC-Lavalin win $100M contract to redevelop Calabogie hydro station outside Ottawa

June 26, 2020 On-Site Staff

Nearly two years after a tornado tore the roof off Calabogie Generating Station in eastern Ontario, construction has started of a major project to redevelop the century-old hydro plant. Ontario Power Generation announced June 22 it has awarded a more

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How investing in green infrastructure can jump start the post-coronavirus economy

June 21, 2020 Michael Drescher and Lucas Mollame

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. COVID-19 has turned the world on its head. Many socio-economic benefits

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Spending under federal infrastructure plan accelerates, but 12-year initiative remains $2B behind

June 20, 2020 On-Site Staff

Ottawa has spent approximately $51.1 billion on more than 53,000 projects over the past four fiscal years

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Ontario shies away from infrastructure stimulus, but stands pat on existing spending plans

June 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

Though no new funding has been set aside, Infrastructure minister Laurie Scott said the province has an aggressive pipeline of work

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RFQ to be issued this month for Calgary Green Line after city approves $4.9B plan

June 17, 2020 On-Site Staff

Calgary City Council has signed off on several final adjustments to plans for the city’s Green Line and officially sanctioned the $4.9 billion light rail transit project. The updated route for the line — known officially as the Stage 1

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Contractors should take steps to maximize surety credit as COVID-19 threatens to toughen market

June 16, 2020 by David Kennedy

COVID-19 has disrupted work on job sites coast to coast, and the pandemic is expected to limit productivity on the ground for at least several more months. But the virus’s impact on the industry is not limited to construction sites.

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Holding firm on pre-COVID infrastructure plans would benefit Ontario in long run, study says

June 10, 2020 On-Site Staff

With COVID-19 poised to greatly undercut government revenue in the coming months, a new study offers a pair of divergent scenarios for Ontario infrastructure spending and the associated economic benefits over the next decade. The report, assembled by the Canadian

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Infrastructure bank, Alberta agree to closer study of Calgary-Banff rail project

June 9, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the government of Alberta will be putting a possible new rail line between Calgary and the nearby resort town of Banff under the microscope. The federal crown corporation and Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation signed

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Graham consortium wins $20M contract for renewal project at water treatment plant outside Regina

June 8, 2020 On-Site Staff

Canadian contractors Graham Group Ltd. and Aecon Group Inc. have won an approximately $20 million contract for part of a major renewal project at a water treatment plant in central Saskatchewan. Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Corp. announced the joint

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Quebec seeks to fast-track 202 major infrastructure projects to stimulate pandemic-affected economy

June 4, 2020 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

But the proposed bill provides an end run around certain regulations, raising oversight concerns

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Ontario issues two RFQs for new subway line, kick-starting $10.9B building project

June 2, 2020 by David Kennedy

Queen’s Park is barreling ahead with plans to get tunnel boring machines moving dirt beneath Toronto for a new subway line. Provincial transit agencies Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued request for qualifications for two P3 contracts tied to the

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Trudeau rushes out $2.2B in infrastructure funds to cash-strapped cities

June 1, 2020 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Cities welcome the funding, but warn it won’t be sufficient to plug shortfalls caused by COVID-19

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Nova Scotia joins other provinces in infrastructure stimulus effort, adds $230M for ‘shovel-ready’ work

May 28, 2020 On-Site Staff

Nova Scotia is upping its capital spending plan for the year by nearly 25 per cent to help the province’s economy regain momentum post-pandemic. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the $230 million stimulus push May 27. “As the private sector turns

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Construction on Muskrat Fall to resume, but COVID stoppage to add up to six months to timeline

May 27, 2020 On-Site Staff

Productivity at the job site is expected to take a significant hit as workers adhere to physical distancing and other new safety rules

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Deal struck to dismantle blockades at Manitoba Hydro site, Indigenous group says

May 25, 2020 The Canadian Press

SPLIT LAKE, Man.—A Manitoba Indigenous group says there’s a deal with the province’s Crown-owned hydro utility to remove blockades set up over fears that workers could introduce COVID-19 to an area around a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric project. Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak

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New auditor general says office narrowing focus on federal COVID-19 programs

May 20, 2020 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The auditor general’s office is narrowing its focus for a review of billions in federal spending meant to cushion the economic blow from COVID-19, MPs were told May 19. Karen Hogan, the nominee to be Canada’s next auditor general, said

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BC Hydro to ramp up construction at Site C after two months with workforce halved

May 17, 2020 On-Site Staff

Two months after scaling back the Site C hydro project to critical work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Hydro plans to shift gears and begin ramping up its workforce. The crown utility said May 14 it will take

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Quebec to inject $2.9 billion extra into infrastructure to help fuel economy

May 16, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Quebec government is adding $2.9 billion to its infrastructure spending plan for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A large portion of the province’s economy spent much of the last six weeks shut down as the government worked to stem the

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Feds unveil new COVID-19 stream for provincial infrastructure program

May 12, 2020 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is preparing to spend more than $3 billion in infrastructure money on projects to make facilities more pandemic-resistant and encourage outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says. McKenna told The Canadian Press