Category: Infrastructure

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Infrastructure Spending, Blueprints Pending: 2017 Federal Budget

March 23, 2017

Catherine Doyle, Christine Ferguson and Mike Maodus (Student-at-Law) On March 22, 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2017 federal budget, titled “Building a Strong Middle Class” (Budget 2017). While Budget 2017 did not introduce significant new infrastructure spending measures, it does provide limited additional details on a number of previously announced infrastructure initiatives and clearly reaffirms the government’s commitment…

2017 B.C. Budget: Infrastructure Spending to Get 19 Per Cent Boost Year-Over-Year

February 22, 2017

The Province of British Columbia released its 2017 budget (Budget) on February 21, 2017. Although the Budget mainly focuses on the reduction of Medical Services Plan premiums and increased investment in education and social supports, it also projects steady growth for B.C.’s economy as a whole and contains significant implications for the infrastructure industry in the province over the coming…

Top 10 Issues in Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Support Agreement for Developers and Lenders

November 25, 2016

On November 10, 2016, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) released a draft summary of terms for its Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (RESA) for review and comment. The comment period runs until December 9, 2016. As noted in our November 2016 Blakes Bulletin: Details of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Program to Add 5,000 Megawatts of Capacity by 2030, the Alberta…

Ontario Announces Proposal for Cap-and-Trade Offset Credits Protocols

November 21, 2016

On November 15, 2016, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted its Offset Credit Regulatory Proposal on the Environmental Registry, where it will be available for comment until December 30, 2016. Offset Credits will increase the compliance options for facilities covered by the cap-and-trade program and they will extend the environmental benefits of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. For…

On Track: Infrastructure Elements of Ontario’s 2016 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

November 17, 2016

On November 14, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, titled “Building Ontario Up for Everyone” (Update). This bulletin focuses on those elements of the Update of interest to the infrastructure sector. CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO INCREASED INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING As its title would suggest, the Update includes an in-depth focus on Ontario’s infrastructure…

Canadian Airports: Who Has Governing Power?

November 8, 2016

With possible airport privatization on the horizon for Canadian airports, and thanks to Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s recent promise to introduce legislation loosening restrictions on foreign investment in airlines, airports have become a hot topic in the media. However, airports can often seem like mini-cities unto themselves, where competing stakeholders are pitted against each other. Along with an airport…

2016 Federal Fiscal Update: Banking on Infrastructure

November 2, 2016

On November 1, 2016, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released his Fall Economic Statement outlining changes to the federal government’s fiscal priorities in advance of the 2017 budget process. While reaffirming Canada’s commitment to infrastructure investment, the Fall Economic Statement recalibrates the government’s infrastructure priorities in the current economic environment. Notable for potential funding recipients, infrastructure developers and investors, Mr….

Ontario Suspends Large Renewable Procurement Program

September 27, 2016

In our August 2016 Blakes Bulletin: September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program, we reported that Ontario was moving ahead with the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) portion of phase two of the province’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP). However, in a surprising move, on September 27, 2016, Ontario announced that it is suspending all new…

September Deadline: Last Chance to Participate in Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program

August 2, 2016

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has issued final materials for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program (LRP II). The deadline for submitting a qualification submission to the IESO is September 8, 2016. This is expected to be the last opportunity to participate in the LRP because the Minister of Energy has directed the IESO not to undertake…

Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement Program Recharges for Phase II, RFQ Stage Expected in August

June 14, 2016

Renewable power developers can expect to see a draft of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for phase two of Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement program (LRP II), before the end of June 2016. Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has announced that the draft LRP II RFQ is expected to be posted by June 23 for stakeholder and community feedback. IESO…

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