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B.C. Premier Christy Clark announces the approval of the North Island Hospitals Project in Budget 2012 on April 26, 2012. The project involves the construction of new hospitals in Comox Valey, B.C., and Campbell River, B.C., at an estimated cost of $600 million.  (From left) Don McRae, Minister of Agriculture and MLA Comox Valley, Alan Dack, practical nursing instructor at North Island College, Alice Grasby, maternity nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, and Premier Clark.
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B.C. approves $600M hospital construction project

April 30, 2012 Andrew Snook

British Columbia’s North Vancouver Island residents will be receiving improved health care services in the form of two new hospitals. The province’s budget for 2012 includes the approval for the North Island Hospitals Project – the building of the Comox

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Bridge linking Port Renfrew, B.C. and Victoria, B.C. to be replaced by October

April 28, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of British Columbia will be replacing the Sombrio No. 1 Bridge, an important link between Victoria, B.C. and Port Renfrew, B.C.  The $12.6-million project will involve replacing the 55-year-old, single-lane structure for a two-lane concrete and steel bridge

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B.C. commits to 18 infrastructure improvement projects in northwest

April 25, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of British Columbia recently announced it is investing $25.8 million to improve various highways in northwestern B.C. The highway infrastructure funding will be spread across 18 different projects, with the largest one being the resurfacing of approximately 34

Glenn Case, the Port Hope Area Initiative's manager of project engineering, speaks at the site of the new long-term waste management facility in Port Hope, Ont. during a media day on April 18, 2012. The facility is expected to have a containment capacity of 1.9 million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste.
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Port Hope water treatment plant bidding begins in May

April 24, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bidding for Port Hope’s new water treatment plant, one of several multi-million dollar contracts for the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI), is set to kick-off this May. According to Glenn Case, PHAI’s manager of project engineering, the contract for the

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Bot Construction Group wins ORBA Green Leadership and Sustainability Award

April 22, 2012 Andrew Snook

Bot Construction Group has likely made other construction companies within Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry green with envy. The Oakville, Ont.-based company was recently named the 2012 Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Green Leadership and Sustainability Award winner. The award is

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Non-residential construction up 0.7 per cent in Q1 2012

April 20, 2012 Andrew Snook

According to Statistics Canada, non-residential building construction investment rose by 0.7 per cent to $11.1 billion in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to the previous quarter. The increase follows two consecutive quarters of decline, driven by increases in

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$589M in Manitoba’s 2012 budget committed to roads and bridges

April 18, 2012 Andrew Snook

A 2.5-per-cent hike in gasoline taxes will help fuel a sizeable portion of the Province of Manitoba’s budget this year, committed to renewing and improving roads and bridges across the province. On April 18, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced that

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Round four for PPP Canada proposals underway

April 16, 2012 Andrew Snook

Public-Private Partnerships Canada launched its fourth call for proposals for the P3 Canada fund today. The organization is hoping to encourage provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities. In this

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VIA Rail’s Vancouver Station restoration project is complete

April 13, 2012 Andrew Snook

All aboard! A celebration for the completion of the $6.9-million VIA Rail restoration project for its heritage train station in Vancouver, B.C., took place on April 13, with Minister of State (Transport) Steven Fletcher, Wai Young, MP South Vancouver and

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Graham Group Ltd. awarded Moose Jaw Regional Hospital contract

April 5, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Graham Group Ltd.’s Regina operating branch was recently awarded the $103.8-million regional hospital project in Saskatchewan. Graham will work with a consortium of firms in lean design and integrated project delivery to design-build the patient and family-centred hospital. The facility

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Feds issue RFP for a new bridge for the St. Lawrence

April 3, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Government of Canada officially sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The bridge will replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Que., which is the busiest

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CCA supports feds deficit reduction measures

April 2, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has offered its support for recent measures taken by the federal government to eliminate the federal and infrastructure deficits. The CCA recently stated it was pleased with announcements made by the federal government regarding budget

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CDAO fears cuts to infrastructure funding in upcoming budget

March 20, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) recently voiced concerns over comments from Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan stemming from questions regarding the Ontario Liberal government’s budget, set to be tabled on March 27, 2012. Duncan had told reporters

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And the CCA awards go to…

March 15, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Recipients of the Canadian Construction Association’s National Awards Program were recognized at the 94th annual conference in Savannah, GA. The awards program recognizes outstanding individuals, associations and firms that represent the Canadian construction industry. The following awards were presented at

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CSC expects strong growth for Manitoba over next decade

March 14, 2012 Andrew Snook

A recent report by the Construction Sector Council (CSC) states that the Province of Manitoba is currently entering a second decade of strong expansion. The report, titled Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for Manitoba, shows construction continuing

Eve Adams, the MP for Mississauga-Brampton South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs,  announces that the Government of Canada will fund $37.5 million of the estimated $77-million  Johnson Street Bridge project in Victoria, B.C. on March 3.
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Feds offer up $37.5 million in funding for new bridge in Victoria, B.C.

March 14, 2012 Andrew Snook

The City of Victoria will get a replacement for its Johnson Street Bridge; largely due to $37.5 million in funding to be received from the Government of Canada. The expected cost of the project is approximately $77 million, with the City of

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Cornwall opens bids for Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant Project

March 12, 2012 Andrew Snook

The City of Cornwall opened the bids it received for the Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant Project on March 8. City staff stated they were happy that the five bids they received were below the project’s estimated costs. Norm Levac, general

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CCA 2012 annual conference: What you missed today

March 12, 2012 Corinne Lynds

CBC’s chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge kicked off the Canadian Construction Association’s annual conference in Savannah, Ga. today. His keynote address told tales of the people he has met around the world, how they overcame challenges and what exactly it means

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Request for RFQs for Providence Care Hospital underway

March 7, 2012 Andrew Snook

The request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the new Providence Care Hospital has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care in Kingston, Ont. The hospital will house Providence Care’s rehabilitation, complex continuing care, specialized geriatrics,

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KPMG Global Construction Survey: P3s most likely to focus on energy and transportation

March 5, 2012 Andrew Snook

The KPMG Global Construction Survey report for 2012 titled, The great global infrastructure opportunity, is now available online. The 44-page report surveyed 161 engineering and construction companies with revenues ranging from US$250 million to more than US$5 billion. A few