Category: Infrastructure

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What B.C.’s New Community Benefits Agreement Means for Infrastructure Projects

August 29, 2018

The Government of British Columbia recently introduced the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to govern major, publicly funded infrastructure projects in B.C. Infrastructure projects that are subject to the CBA will require employees on those projects to join specified trade unions. The first infrastructure projects that will be subject to the CBA are the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project and the Trans-Canada…

Quebec Public Procurement – New Procurement Authority Ramps Up

August 10, 2018

On July 25, 2018, Denis Gallant took office as the first president and chief executive officer of the Autorité des marchés publics (AMP), Quebec’s central public procurement supervisory body, following his appointment by the National Assembly. This entry into office comes almost eight months after the adoption An Act to facilitate oversight of public bodies’ contracts and to establish the…

The Federal Community Employment Benefits Initiative: Building Diversity Project-by-Project

June 28, 2018

On June 22, 2018, federal Ministers Amarjeet Sohi, of Infrastructure and Communities, and Ahmed Hussen, of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new Community Employment Benefits Initiative (Initiative) to support the diversification of Canada’s workforce through infrastructure project funding. We expect that the Initiative will have an impact on developers and operators of infrastructure as well as public sector owners…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Opportunities for Canadian Companies Increase as India Accelerates Its Smart Cities Mission

September 13, 2017

The Government of India recently announced it is accelerating the pace of its Smart Cities Mission by asking states to focus on impactful and public-private-partnership-based smart city projects, which can achieve results over the next year and have a rigorous review mechanism in place. The Smart Cities Mission presents many opportunities for Canadian players in the technology and infrastructure sectors…

A Capital Project: Building Canada’s New Infrastructure Bank

May 4, 2017

Some long-awaited details of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) were unveiled on April 11, 2017, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. The omnibus budget bill contains numerous measures relating to the 2017 federal budget and includes legislation to establish the CIB. While still in the early stages of the legislative process,…

Balancing Act — Public Infrastructure Aspects of the 2017 Ontario Budget

May 2, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa released Ontario’s 2017 budget, “A Stronger, Healthier, Ontario” (Budget). Significantly, the Budget is Ontario’s first balanced budget in a decade and as such, it contained few new infrastructure announcements. However, the Budget does continue to provide for significant allocations to infrastructure spending, allowing for C$156-billion in planned public infrastructure investment over…

Ontario’s First Cap-and-Trade Auction Sells 100 Per Cent of 2017 Allowances

April 5, 2017

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) held the first auction of greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances on March 22, 2017 and published the auction’s results on April 3, 2017. All 2017 allowances were sold at the auction at a settlement price of C$18.08 per tonne of GHG. For further details of the new cap-and-trade legislative measures, please…

Infrastructure Spending, Blueprints Pending: 2017 Federal Budget

March 23, 2017

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 to continued infrastructure investment over the coming years….

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…

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