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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

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Lougheed Highway four-laning project in Maple Ridge, B.C. gets $29M from feds

July 23, 2019 On-Site Staff

MAPLE RIDGE, B.C.—The federal government has set aside infrastructure funds to widen a four-kilometre stretch of highway on the north side of the Fraser River in Greater Vancouver. Ottawa announced $29.2 million for the project between Maple Ridge and Mission,

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Crews break ground on new $250M REM station at Montreal’s Trudeau airport

July 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction is officially underway on an approximately $250 million portion of Montreal’s new Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. Officials from Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), sunk their ceremonial shovels in the ground late last week to mark the start of construction

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Feds pump $44.5M into pair of Ontario First Nation water infrastructure projects

July 22, 2019 On-Site Staff

BELLEVILLE, Ont.—Infrastructure Canada and Indigenous Services Canada are committing funds to two water infrastructure construction projects within Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, just east of Belleville, Ont. The projects will improve access to drinking water for the Mohawks of the Bay of

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CN Rail to rebuild ‘vital’ northern Alberta rail bridge destroyed by wildfires this spring

July 17, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—CN Rail is planning to rebuild a key rail bridge linking Northwest Territories to Alberta after it was destroyed this spring during a particularly harsh fire season. The railway said July 16 it will replace the steel deck of the

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Study makes case for high-speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle and Portland; building it could cost US$42B

July 16, 2019 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A proposed high-speed rail link connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland would cut the travel time between each city to under an hour and dramatically boost the economy of the entire region, a new report concludes. The Washington State Department of

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Canada Infrastructure Bank pitching in $20M to pilot P3 on small-scale Ontario municipal wastewater project

July 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Several weeks after making its third-ever investment, the two-year-old Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is opening its chequebook for a wastewater project in rural southern Ontario. The crown corporation, which has focused until now on large-scale transit projects, said July 15