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February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds with files from Metrolinx

Originally conceived as the Line 5 Eglinton by Toronto Mayor David Miller and TTC chair Adam Giambrone back in 2007, the $6.6-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects underway in North America, and it’s progressing

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Dawson, Y.T. water treatment facility receives federal investment

February 7, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A new pump house with water treatment equipment will be constructed in Dawson, Y.T. The $15 million project received joint federal-territorial funding under the Small Communities Fund. It will replace the current water distribution pump house. The project intends to

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Quebec water lines, sewer work receives $285K investment

January 22, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The governments of Canada and Quebec will invest over $285,000 to complete water-related infrastructure projects in Montreal West, Que. Over 300 metres of drinking water, wastewater and storm water lines will be replaced. Sewer separation work will also be completed

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EllisDon in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4M in funding for Carbon Accounting Tool

January 9, 2018 EllisDon

EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4-million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences

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Roadwork improvements made for Newfoundland and Labrador

January 8, 2018 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador reported significant improvements to highway infrastructure in 2017. More than 600 kilometres of highway was paved, and more than 300 culverts were replaced. As part of the province’s five-year provincial roads plan, tenders for roadwork were issued

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Montreal’s Ste Catherine Street about to undergo massive overhaul

January 8, 2018 The Canadian Press

Beginning today, Montreal’s famous Ste-Catherine Street and the merchants along the busy commercial artery will be subjected to a familiar rite of passage in the metropolis: a major construction overhaul. A 2.2-kilometre stretch of road will be transformed between Atwater

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Construction spending south of the border hit record high in November

January 5, 2018 The Associated Press

  U.S. builders spent 0.8 per cent more on construction projects in November, the fourth consecutive monthly gain. November advance follows October’s revised 0.9 per cent gain, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The increase brought total construction spending for the

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Infrastructure bank could be ‘key’ for U.S. Canada high speed rail: study

January 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

A multibillion-dollar proposal to connect Vancouver to the U.S. northwest by “ultra high-speed” rail appears to check off most, if not all, the boxes for funding consideration by Canada’s new infrastructure bank, argues a report commissioned by the Washington state

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Construction contract awarded for B.C. Immigration Holding Centre

January 3, 2018 On-Site

LEC Engineering Contracting, based in North Vancouver, B.C., has been awarded a $23.1 million contract for the construction of an Immigration Holding Centre (IHC) in Surrey, B.C. Construction work includes interior and exterior renovations, roofing replacement, structural upgrades and landscape

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Ontario opens new section of highway in Durham Region

January 3, 2018 Government of Ontario

Ontario is improving traffic flow and reducing congestion in Durham region, with the next phase of Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington now open. The first phase of the Highway 407 extension, which opened last year

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Third construction tender issued for Dartmouth General Hospital expansion

January 2, 2018 On-Site

The Dartmouth General Hospital’s expansion and renovation, part of the QEII redevelopment project, continues to move forward. The third tender for construction services at the hospital was issued Dec. 20. This is for interior work for the new addition and

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New infrastructure agency names interim executive to oversee investments

December 18, 2017 The Canadian Press

A board director for the new federal infrastructure financing agency is temporarily stepping down from his post to take on a top executive job in the organization. Bruno Guilmette was appointed last month to the board of directors of the

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Huge Halifax convention centre officially opens five years after first proposed

December 18, 2017 The Canadian Press

Following years of controversy and delays Halifax’s new convention centre officially opened its doors Friday, with officials voicing confidence the massive development can attract the needed business to keep it afloat. The convention centre is part of an estimated $500-million

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2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

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From the editor: future-proofing infrastructure

December 14, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

“When people tell me they don’t believe in climate change. I ask them: ‘Do you believe in gravity? The destructive power of climate change is the same as the strength and reality of gravity,” stated climate change guru Christian Figueres

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A chronology of events in the Site C dam project in British Columbia

December 12, 2017 The Canadian Press

Late 1950s: The location for a third dam on the Peace River is first looked at after the locations of WAC Bennett Dam and Peace Canyon Dam were identified. 1970s: Engineering work is done to determine the feasibility of a

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Ontario spending $93 million to expand bike lanes across the province

December 5, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Ontario government says it is increasing its spending on bike lanes across the province. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the province is spending $93 million – up from a previously announced $45 million – this year

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New Montreal bridge currently being built had 2,000 defects: report

December 5, 2017 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The federal transport minister offered reassurances Monday that the New Champlain Bridge will be safe despite a published report that some 2,000 defects have been found in parts manufactured by a Spanish company. “It’s in good hands,” Marc

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Highway 39 twinning project complete

November 29, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

A $27-million twinning project east of Estevan along Highway 39 aimed at improving safety and efficiency for motorists and truckers, officially opened to traffic Nov. 16. “The completion of these important improvements to Highway 39 will improve the quality of

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Long-term infrastructure plan focused on building Ontario up

November 29, 2017 Government of Ontario

Ontario has released a new plan detailing the government’s commitment to build Ontario up through continued investments in public infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges. People across the province rely on public infrastructure every day –