Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Increasing To $300 million per year
Ontario is providing small, rural and northern municipalities with expanded access to predictable, stable, annual funding to build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.
The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) will triple from $100 million to $300 million per year by 2018-19, with $200 million in predictable, formula-based funding and $100 million in application-based funding, allowing smaller municipalities to apply to invest in critical infrastructure projects. These investments will create jobs and support local economic growth across the province.
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Canadian Water Infrastructure At Risk Of Rapid Deterioration
The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card has found that Canada water infrastructure will rapidly decline without substantial investment.
The report covers all stormwater, wastewater and potable water infrastructure, as well as investigating the condition of municipal roads and bridges, public transport, buildings, sport and recreational facilities.
Focusing on investment in asset management, the report found that funds were needed to meet short-term repair demands and avoid much higher replacement costs in the future. These funds are needed as it has been discovered that reinvestment rates in municipal infrastructure are not meeting the needs of infrastructure repairs.
Kealy Dedman, President of the Canadian Public Works Association, said “What this survey shows is that we need to repair our existing infrastructure. “Our infrastructure is aging and we need to accelerate the rate of renewal. As any homeowner knows, repair costs skyrockets once you let things go past a certain point. We don’t want to get to that point.”
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Multi-year infiltration leak stopped in one hour with Prime Flex 920
One hour and 30 litres of a hydrophobic polyurethane grout is what it took to stop a gushing water infiltration into Kingston, Ontario’s sanitary sewer system. Kingston sits at the mouth of the Cataraqui River where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Much of the city sits on limestone bedrock that must be channeled to install water, sewer and service lines. The leaking manhole was located on a sanitary sewer mainline that crosses a swamp, and the manhole was acting as a drain. How major was the problem? The city had a leak in a manhole of a sanitary sewer line where a 25-cm pipe came into the manhole at the bottom of the bench. Water was flowing around a pipe union at the rate of about 23 litres per minute, according to estimates from Utilities Kingston. That translates into some 12 million litres of infiltration a year, and the leak was active for seven or eight years.
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Nipigon River Bridge Closed January 10, 2016 – “An embarrassing engineering mishap”
Opened to traffic for less than two months, the new Nipigon River Bridge along the Trans-Canada Highway in northwestern Ontario was hailed as a “monumental” achievement – part of the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history.
Now, officials are dealing with an embarrassing engineering mishap with potentially huge economic implications. A section of the cable-supported bridge deck suddenly split apart and heaved upward by 60 centimetres or more on Sunday afternoon, temporarily shutting down the only road connecting western and eastern Canada in that part of the country.
Shortly after the bridge cleaved, two pickup trucks sailed over the hump and came crashing down like a scene out of the Dukes of Hazzard, witnesses said. No injuries were reported.
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Construction manager sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for criminal negligence involving worker safety
A construction company boss has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for an incident in which four workers died and another was critically injured after falling 13 storeys from a scaffold outside a Toronto apartment building on Christmas Eve 2009.
Vadim Kazenelson, project manager for Metron Construction on the apartment balcony repair job when the tragedy occurred, was found guilty of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily injury.
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Site workers nine times more likely to get skin cancer
Construction workers are nine times more likely to develop skin cancer than other occupations according to new research.
There is a huge risk to contractors working in direct sunlight and the risk is intensified when the sun reflects off surfaces like concrete.
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