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Toronto’s aging water infrastructure, high density lead to issues with flooding

August 22, 2018 Gabriele Roy, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Steady rain and thunderstorm warnings in Toronto this week had residents bracing for waterlogged streets and transit delays for the third time in as many weeks, with the city saying it was prepared to respond quickly to urgent needs. The

Sanitary installation just east of York Street (CNW Group/Waterfront Toronto).
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Federal foot dragging on infrastructure investments jeopardizing Ontario economy, report says

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

Infrastructure spending as a percentage of the province’s GDP has declined or remained flat every year since 2010

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Bird picked to build nine new provincial police facilities across Ontario

August 17, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Infrastructure Ontario has tapped a consortium headed by Bird Construction Inc. to build nine separate Ontario Provincial Police facilities from suburban Mississauga to remote Fort Frances, Ont. The new facilities for police detachments in nine cities across the province

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Feds firm up infrastructure agreement with P.E.I., near finish line on provincial funding deals

August 16, 2018 by David Kennedy

CHARLOTTETOWN—Ottawa and Prince Edward Island have inked a bilateral infrastructure agreement, bringing the federal government one step closer to finalizing funding deals with all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. The $366 million agreement lays the groundwork for new projects across

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A burnt bridge? Not for Aecon as contractor cleared to rejoin Gordie Howe project

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

The company withdrew from the winning construction consortium at the tail end of the RFP stage. With the China takeover now dead, it’s stepping back in

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Construction of first Canadian pumped hydro station built since 1950s planned for next year

August 15, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A hydro power storage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval. Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the

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Liberals showcase benefits of billions spent on infrastructure projects

August 13, 2018 Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Little more than a year before the next federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are hoping to remind Canadians about the benefits derived from one of their signature promises from the last election: investing billions in infrastructure. For the past week,

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Canada Infrastructure Bank aims to take P3s ‘a step further’

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Kick-starting projects that may otherwise never have been built, CEO Pierre Lavallée expects the new institution to be good news for contractors

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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From the editor… Cut Ottawa some slack

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Slagging slow-moving government projects and the lumbering Ottawa bureaucracy is a treasured Canadian pastime. I’m far from an exception, and enjoy heaping some well-deserved blame on Parliament Hill as often as it has it coming. Occasionally though, I’m willing to

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Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

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Virtual models that support maintenance and operations

August 9, 2018 Jacob Stoller

  A bid team at EllisDon recently received a two-sentence RFP addendum pertaining to documentation requirements. “It stipulated that the as-built model we were to produce had to be at the level that would allow the owner to operate and

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SNC-Lavalin looking to sell some of its stake in Toronto’s Hwy. 407 toll road

August 7, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it is looking to sell a portion of its investment in the Highway 407 toll highway outside of Toronto that analysts estimate could fetch more than $2 billion. The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm said last

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Graham hits back, accuses Alberta of botching Grande Prairie hospital build

August 3, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

In response to contract threats from the province, the construction firm says Alberta has crippled the project with slapdash planning and scope changes

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Aecon reports record $6.4B backlog of mostly major infrastructure projects for Q2

August 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. posted a record $6.4 billion backlog for Q2 as the dust settles over its controversial blocked sale to a Chinese construction company by the federal government in May. The backlog, exceeding the company’s 2016 record of nearly

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Is your infrastructure project on the map? Liberals face hurdles with transparency tool

July 31, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—An online map laying out billions in infrastructure spending approved by the federal Liberals has yet to provide the full scope of funding towards new and upgraded bridges, roads and transit systems. A briefing note to the top official at

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Alberta threatens to end construction contract for Grande Prairie hospital

July 31, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is threatening to cancel the contract of a construction firm building the problem-plagued Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen said Calgary-based Graham Construction has 15 days to submit a plan to get the project back

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Highway, infrastructure upgrades underway at busy B.C. border crossing

July 30, 2018 by David Kennedy

ALDERGROVE, B.C.—A project to add more lanes as well as new cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to a Canada-U.S. border crossing southeast of Vancouver has begun in Aldergrove. Tybo Contracting Ltd. will spearhead the $25.5 million project. The Langley, B.C.-based company

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$486M highway improvement project to link Quebec and N.L. receives federal funding

July 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

BAIE-COMEAU, Q.C.—A $486 million project to upgrade a winding and ill-developed highway in northeast Quebec has received $183 million from the federal government. The Highway 389 Improvement Program is part of Plan Nord, the province’s $2 billion project to spur

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$35M Iqaluit landfill redevelopment project receives federal contribution

July 25, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

IQALUIT—The federal government has put up more than $26.2 million to fund a nearly $35 million project to bolster waste management in Iqaluit. The city is providing an additional $8.7 million. More than $10 million of the total funding will