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GFL Environmental cancels IPO after investors seek price below range

November 6, 2019 Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

Existing shareholders in the company, which has a hand in the construction industry through its infrastructure unit, did not feel the IPO price reflected the firm’s value

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Alberta to spend $397M to build 25 schools, looking at P3 method for five of them

November 6, 2019 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta is back in the business of partnering with the private sector to build schools. Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda says five of 25 new school projects being built over the next five years may be constructed using the so-called P3

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Valard to start work on $1.9B Wataynikaneyap Power project that will connect 17 Ontario First Nations to grid

November 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

More than a dozen remote First Nations communities across Northern Ontario are poised to shut down their diesel generators for good over the next four years as work gets underway on the $1.9 billion Wataynikaneyap Power project. Utility contractor Valard

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Toronto signs onto province’s nearly $30B GTA transit construction plan

October 30, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO— The City of Toronto and the province of Ontario have endorsed a unified plan for building four new or extended subway lines in Toronto, ending a months-long standoff over the future of the city’s transit system. City council voted

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Surface construction breaches Toronto subway tunnel, causing major delays

October 23, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO—A contractor doing work at street level pierced the top of the concrete subway tunnel, causing major delays on Line 1 of Toronto’s subway yesterday. Service was suspended between York Mills and St. Clair stations with over 70 emergency shuttle

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Mobilinx consortium firms up $4.6B deal to build, maintain 18-kilometre Hurontario LRT

October 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

The 19-stop light rail line through Mississauga and Brampton is the latest in a series of big-ticket Toronto-area transit projects

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Pomerleau, Bessac win $184M tunnelling contract for Metro Vancouver wastewater plant upgrades

October 19, 2019 by David Kennedy

Metro Vancouver has taken the next major step in its years-long project to upgrade the Annacis Island wastewater treatment plant in Delta, B.C. The federation that oversees water and wastewater in the Vancouver area has awarded a $184 million contract

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Ontario drops plan to upload Toronto subway as city supports Ford plan

October 18, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO— Ontario has dropped its bid to take control of Toronto’s subway system, the province announced Wednesday as city staff recommended support for a key part of Premier Doug Ford’s transit plan. This follows federal PC candidate, Andrew Scheer’s pledge of

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Despite Ottawa’s LRT woes, experts say don’t judge right away

October 16, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The sleek red-and-white train sat beside a platform at the western end of Ottawa’s new light rail line early Oct. 11, shadowed from the autumn sun as riders walked aboard. And then the train on the $2.1-billion line did something

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Scheer pledges federal support for Toronto’s Ontario Line and Yonge Subway Extension

October 10, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO—Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced his party’s commitment to financially support two proposed Toronto Transit Commission expansion projects Oct. 8. Scheer was joined by Markham mayor, Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill mayor, David Barrow when he announced his commitment

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Nova Scotia issues RFP for big expansion of Cape Breton hospital

October 9, 2019 On-Site Staff

The Nova Scotia government is looking for a contractor to head construction of a major hospital expansion project on the outskirts of Sydney, N.S. This spring, the province announced a significant scale-up of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, with plans

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Rising waters: Canadian communities counter worsening storms with fresh infrastructure work

October 9, 2019 Saul Chernos

When it rains in Canada these days, it pours. Just six years ago, torrential rains dumped multiple summers worth of rain on parts of southern Alberta in just 48 hours. Mudslides closed sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and damage to

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Scheer pledges to scrap Infrastructure Bank if elected, accuses Liberals of botching spending

September 30, 2019 The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C.—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to prioritize infrastructure spending on projects intended to cut commuting times. Among the projects he pledged federal dollars towards in a campaign stop last week are the George Massey tunnel replacement project in

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EllisDon and PCL shortlisted for $1.9B Vancouver hospital project

September 26, 2019 by David Kennedy

Currently a sprawling parking lot, the site of the new hospital is one of the largest undeveloped plots of land left in Vancouver

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Bustling Tim Hortons drive-thru straining road infrastructure in Fredericton

September 25, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

The troublesome drive-thru has divided officials over whether public funds should be used to improve local roads or if the business should foot the bill

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Ottawa’s opens new $2.1B light rail line after six years of construction

September 18, 2019 David Kennedy

OTTAWA—After half a dozen years of construction and several substantial delays to the original timeline, service launched last weekend on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line. “Today really is the result of years of planning and extremely hard work,” the city’s Mayor

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SNC-Lavalin’s exit from fixed-price construction jobs shakes up shortlists for two big-ticket B.C. projects

September 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

The shortlists for Metro Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project and the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project are both now missing a prominent name

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Cities urge federal leaders to wade into wastewater debate

September 11, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—In Canada’s largest city, raw sewage flows into Lake Ontario so often, Toronto tells people they should never swim off the city’s beaches for least two days after it rains. Across the country in Mission, B.C., a three-decade-old pipe that

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Alberta asks court whether environmental assessment process for major construction projects is constitutional

September 11, 2019 Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government has asked the province’s Appeal Court to rule on whether Ottawa’s new way of handling environmental assessments for major construction projects such as pipelines is constitutional. The government filed its challenge with the court Sept. 10. It

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Three tiers of government set aside $240M for 15 water infrastructure projects across B.C.

August 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—Federal, provincial and local governments are prying open their wallets to fund a series of 15 water and wastewater projects across British Columbia. At an announcement in West Vancouver Aug. 27, politicians from all levels of government said they had