Canada Infrastructure

B.C. Researchers Are Developing Self-Healing Concrete

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The environmental and safety benefits could be huge.

Ontario Needs A Smarter Way To Invest In Infrastructure

Barry Steinberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Steinberg

The Wynne government doesn't have a long-term infrastructure plan that includes an accurate description of the current condition of the province's assets, including roads and buildings. That is to say that there is no reliable estimate of Ontario's infrastructure deficit -- a crucial factor in making evidence-based, properly planned investment decisions

The Federal Budget Benefits Canada's Most Vulnerable

Salman Sakir | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Business
Salman Sakir

The proposed budget will increase government spending while having a deficit of $29.4 billion. It will direct billions of dollars to infrastructure spending, First Nations, and the middle class and lower income groups.

A Look At The 2016 Federal Budget From A Housing Perspective

YPNextHome | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

To encourage the construction of affordable rental housing, Budget 2016 proposes to invest $208.3 million over five years, starting in 2016-17, in an Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund administered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

Notley Wants At Least $1B In Infrastructure Funding From Liberals

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Alberta

"That will be a significant help to our debt and deficit situation going forward."

The 2016 Federal Budget Has The Potential Strengthen Rural Canada

Raymond Louie | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

The upcoming federal budget has the potential to be transformative and make lives better for rural Canada. Ottawa has committed to making significant investments in infrastructure, housing, and climate change prevention and to work with municipalities to improve quality of life for Canadians.

Greening Alberta's Building Sector Can Stimulate Its Economy

Duncan Kinney | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Business
Duncan Kinney

Greening the building sector is one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial ways to reduce energy demand and emissions while also supporting climate adaptation and resilience. These solutions exist and can be put into action right now. It's also a solid way to get a moribund economy moving.

Adapting To Climate Change Means Investing In The Right Infrastructure

Mike Harcourt | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Harcourt

We know that climate change will continue to have major impacts on Canadian infrastructure, which is already aging and in need of re-investment. Moreover, we will soon see a wave of new, renewable energy infrastructure being put into place across the country, and it is essential that these innovative developments be implemented with resilience to climate change impacts in mind.

Push Back Against B.C.'s MSP-Like Infrastructure Levies

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Road levy. Recreation and culture levy. Transportation for tomorrow tax. Dedicated road tax. Asset levy. Make no mistake: we want our cities to invest in infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads; these are core responsibilities of local government. But repackaging this spending with a new tax is a slap in the face.

Liberals Stay Optimistic On Promises As Parliament Reconvenes

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics

They want to speed up the spending of old Conservative funds.

Finance Ministers Agree To Revisit Pension Reform Talks

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Politics

With the country's economy struggling to rebound, there's an overarching theme Bill Morneau would like to focus on.

Liberals Say Billions Coming To Cities For New Infrastructure

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2015 | Canada Politics

"Infrastructure is a way to opportunities."

Here's How Municipalities Can Reach Their Sustainability Goals

Stephanie Cairns | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephanie Cairns

On December 4, over a thousand mayors from around the world will meet in Paris to accelerate the work of local governments on climate change. Many Ontario mayors attending this event will arrive with a starting advantage.

These Students Shaped Their Town's Renewable Energy Framework

David Dodge | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." To see that quote brought to life we went to Cochrane High School in Cochrane, Alberta about a half-hour west of Calgary.

Investing In Solar Power Pays Off For Communities

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

While the leaders of the world meet in Paris and craft sweeping policy that affects the entire planet, let's remember that the most important changes usually happen close to home. I've seen the positive things solar and energy efficiency can do for communities. So when we started a big infrastructure refurbishment project at Evansdale Community League, I knew exactly what to push for.

Pedestrian Safety Must Be Part Of The Urban Transit Conversation

Jon Packer | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

On the morning of Oct. 28, 2015, 12 pedestrians were struck by cars in the City of Toronto. While some would say it's the result of a wet, grey day, this statistic follows an average of six pedestrians being hit each day, a stunningly high number set to increase as density intensifies and our population ages.

Cities Will Be On The Front Lines Of Implementing The Global Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

According to the United Nations, managing the growth of urban areas is among the most urgent development challenges of the 21st century and will be a major factor in the achievement of the 2030 sustainable development agenda. By 2050, an estimated two-thirds of the world's population will live in urban areas, with 90 per cent of that growth occurring in developing countries. Local and regional governments will need to respond by developing and maintaining infrastructure to serve the population growth.

5 Questions for Federal Leaders on the Economy

Raymond Louie | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

The economy is not an abstract concept to be debated like some complex math equation. It is the day to day moments of our life that tell us whether it is safe to dream of something better for ourselves and for our children. The truth is this: on Thursday night, if a party leader does not spell out a serious plan to work with cities and municipalities, then don't be fooled. They don't have a serious plan for jobs and the economy. With that it mind, here are five questions federal political leaders need to answer in Thursday night's debate.

This Recession Is Inconvenient for Harper

Brent Rathgeber | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Brent Rathgeber

The worst kept secret regarding the economy was made official today -- Canada is in a recession. There is nothing technical about it; the definition of a recession is relatively straightforward: two consecutive quarters with negative economic growth. The fact that this definition might not be convenient for a sitting government's, which holds itself out as brilliant economic managers, political fortunes is irrelevant. By any objective standard, the Canadian economy is under-performing.

Trudeau's Pro-Economic Growth Platform Is All About Jobs

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With a strong plan to invest in jobs and economic growth, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly distinguished himself from both Stephen Harper and Thomas Mulcair. Mr. Harper's growth record is the worst of any prime minister in eight decades. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than before he took office. And Mr. Mulcair has strangely sided with the Harper austerity agenda, meaning billions of dollars in program cuts and/or broken promises to concoct the appearance of a balanced budget next year. The Mulcair plan and the Harper plan are formulae for going nowhere. Justin Trudeau is offering the only agenda for real change.

Four Key Areas to Watch in Canada's Labour Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As the country's leading staffing agency, we're able to identify trends shaping the world of work before they become official statistics. In analyzing our own data and combining it with anecdotal evidence from employers we work with, we've identified four key areas to watch as the year plays out.

Bioconcrete May Be The Future of Construction

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Bioconcrete is nearly at the tipping point and appears to be just a few months to years away from being the next wave of concrete development. Although this may start off as a fad, there is good reason to hope it lasts.

Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.

The Union-Pearson Express Train Gets a Big Thumbs Down

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The rail-link will connect Canada's two busiest transport hubs: Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Despite the high-speed connector between the two busiest hubs, transport authorities expect only 5,000 daily riders on the UP Express. The King Streetcar, in comparison, carries in excess of 65,000 daily riders.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.