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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

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Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan teams up with Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs on infrastructure

August 29, 2019 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and affiliate Sidewalk Labs are partnering with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to launch a new company that invests in North American infrastructure. The spin-out of Sidewalk Labs called Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans to hold,

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Canada’s busiest subway station to get overhaul as feds commit nearly $1.1B to two Toronto transit projects

August 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The complex construction project will add another platform to the lower level of Bloor-Yonge Station to help tackle overcrowding

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Ontario picks Mobilinx consortium to build $1.4 billion Hurontario LRT through Mississauga and Brampton

August 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA—Infrastructure Ontario and provincial transit agency Metrolinx have picked a P3 partner to take on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. The Mobilinx consortium was named the preferred proponent for the transit infrastructure work Aug. 26, though the province and

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Saskatchewan First Nation, province face off over lack of airstrip funding after fatal crash

August 24, 2019 Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

The chief of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation accused the province of abandoning a commitment to improving its airport while funding similar upgrades in Moose Jaw. The province said the First Nation did not complete its application

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Getting on track: Urban transit projects roar to life, creating opportunity for Canada’s construction sector

August 21, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Working in tandem along a stretch of highway in Montreal, a pair of launching gantry cranes hoist 50-ton concrete segments into the air off flatbeds below. The gantries slide the prefabricated segments into place, steadily forming a single 30-metre span

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With election campaign looming, Trudeau makes $1.2B transit commitment to Quebec City

August 20, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The infrastructure cash will help the city build a new 23-kilometre tramway line and let it join the ranks of Canadian urban centres modernizing their transit networks

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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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Ottawa says no formal request made by Saskatchewan over infrastructure dollars

August 8, 2019 The Canadian Press

REGINA—The federal government says it has not received a formal request from Saskatchewan’s deputy premier about the need to transfer infrastructure dollars to pay for projects in the province’s two largest cities. Gord Wyant signed a letter addressed to Regina-area

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Richmond, B.C. looks at major scale-up of district energy system with tentative backing of Infrastructure Bank

August 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

RICHMOND, B.C.—A district energy system that heats and cools buildings in Richmond, B.C. through a series of underground pipes is poised to undergo a major expansion. Lulu Island Energy Co., the municipally-owned entity in charge of the Metro Vancouver city’s

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Infrastructure Bank looks to avoid distraction from election talk, CEO says

August 6, 2019 Jordan Press and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

Early election rhetoric has raised questions about the new crown corporation’s future

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Saskatchewan, Ottawa disagree over timeline for infrastructure dollars

July 30, 2019 The Canadian Press

REGINA—Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and the federal infrastructure minister are in a disagreement over a timeline for approving projects the province says are critically important. Moe is accusing Ottawa of delaying infrastructure projects worth $200 million from starting this construction

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Via’s case for $4.4B rail project better without Montreal-Quebec leg: internal doc

July 29, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Via Rail’s business case for a multibillion-dollar high-frequency-rail project between Toronto and Quebec City would receive a boost if it ditched the stretch from Montreal to Quebec City, internal federal documents say. The document, labelled “secret,” was obtained by The

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Feds to spend nearly $150M to bolster infrastructure at Vancouver and Nanaimo, B.C. ports

July 25, 2019 On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—A series of major upgrade and expansion projects at two ports on Canada’s West Coast have secured the backing of the federal government. In separate funding announcements this week, Ottawa said it will spend $102 million to support work at

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B.C. Supreme Court to hear construction groups’ challenge to province’s Community Benefits Agreement

July 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The contentious labour rules have already been to put work on numerous big-ticket jobs, such as a major widening project on the Trans-Canada Highway and the new Pattullo Bridge