Category: Infrastructure

Court Limits Liability for Nuisance, Expands Injurious Affection Claims for Public Infrastructure Projects

January 8, 2016

In November, the B.C. Supreme Court (Court) issued an important decision in the long-running litigation saga arising from the construction of the SkyTrain’s Canada Line between Vancouver’s downtown, the suburb of Richmond, and Vancouver’s international airport. The decision has significant implications for public infrastructure projects, in identifying those kinds of claims that may successfully be brought as a result of…

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

November 20, 2015

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On April 15, 2015, the Ontario government signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce GHG emissions. The cap-and-trade program will be the primary…

Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and Promises of the New Canadian Government

October 29, 2015

During the longest election campaign in Canadian history, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada (Liberals) made significant promises for increased federal infrastructure spending over the next 10 years. Now that the votes have been counted and a Liberal majority will control the House of Commons, we wanted to highlight what some of those promises were and…

​Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

September 23, 2015

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These convictions are a significant achievement for UPAC, the Quebec government anti-corruption unit, created in 2011. After judgment was rendered, the Quebec prosecutor announced that there…

2015 Federal Budget: Infrastructure and P3s on the Move

April 23, 2015

  INTRODUCTION   On April 21, 2015, Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget (Budget). The Budget reaffirmed several of the government’s past commitments to infrastructure renewal and introduced some new measures of interest to those involved in infrastructure projects across Canada, particularly under the alternative financing and procurement and public-private partnership (P3) models.     NEW PUBLIC…

A Skimmed Plan Nord: Keeping in Line with Quebec’s Current Economic Landscape

April 10, 2015

  The Quebec government first launched its Northern Plan, le “Plan Nord”, in 2011 with great fanfare. The Plan Nord seeks to develop Quebec’s vast territory north of the 49th parallel, which covers 72 per cent of the province or approximately 1.2 million km2. Since the initial announcement, the implementation of the Plan Nord has been stalled in large part…

Government of Québec 2014-15 Budget – Plan Nord Is Relaunched

June 12, 2014

On June 4, 2014, the newly elected Quebec Liberal government (Government) presented its 2014-15 budget (Budget) in which it followed through on its campaign promise and breathed new life into the Plan Nord.   When it was introduced in 2011, Plan Nord was a long-term program for the economic and social development of Quebec’s territory situated north of the 49th…

Public-Private Partnership Legislation Heralds New Investment Opportunities in Burkina Faso

April 14, 2014

  BURKINA FASO INVESTMENT CONTEXT   Over the last decade, the government of Burkina Faso has undertaken a series of institutional and legislative reforms in an attempt to create a favourable climate for foreign investment. As part of its 2011-15 strategy for accelerated growth and long-term investment (in French, Stratégie de croissance accélérée et de développement durable or SCADD), the government’s goals…