Ontario

Billings council accepts bid for Main Street Hill engineering

KAGAWONG – Billings township council has awarded a contract for the engineering work involved in the reconstruction of Main Street in Kagawong. At a meeting last week, council passed a motion to accept the proposal from EXP Engineering Services for design and associated engineering services related to the reconstruction of Main Street in Kagawong. “I would like to thank staff ...

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Council allows wiggle room on fire hall budget

Cornwall Fire Services truck  CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall City Council agreed at their meeting on Monday, July 13 to allow for some wiggle room in their budget for a new fire hall. The decision was made as a part of finalizing a Request for Proposal (RFP) asking architectural firms to bid on the design of the new building. Council had ...

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Slaughterhouse shortage a challenge in region

For farmers, especially those with small farms, finding a place to have livestock slaughtered and meat packed is a challenge. In April, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) announced the creation of an innovative food hub for Eastern Ontario.  Part of that food hub includes a plan for a $36 million dollar federally licenced slaughterhouse with the processing ...

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Island councils support municipal-owned broadband study

IRON BRIDGE – Following the withdrawal of Blue Sky Net (BSN)’s proposal to bring broadband internet to Manitoulin Island and the North Shore after the sole bidder did not meet its criteria, a grassroots effort has emerged to cover the same area with a municipal-owned network led by Huron Shores Mayor Georges Bilodeau and the lone applicant to the original ...

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Grey-Bruce will soon begin seeing benefits of SWIFT

A largely rural part of Ontario that includes Grey-Bruce is now a “major step” closer to having homes and businesses connected to high-speed broadband internet as part of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology network. Provincial officials have announced that request-for-proposals for up to $36.8 million in broadband infrastructure have now been issued in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties. “What this ...

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Expanding Broadband Access in Bruce-Grey-Huron

Last week, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey, and Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce on behalf of Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a major step in the expanding of broadband internet in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties with the Request for Proposals (RFP) by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. This program is part of the ...

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Northern P3 infrastructure projects moving forward

Ontario announces updated infrastructure project list The construction of a new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, is slated to replace the existing correctional facility (pictured). A pair of northwestern Ontario public infrastructure projects are among those slated to move forward this spring through the province’s public-private partnership (P3) program. The province applies the P3 program to major, complex public infrastructure projects ...

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LONG-AWAITED RURAL INTERNET PROJECT IS A STEP CLOSER

The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) rural internet project was a topic of discussion before Essex County council Wednesday. It was a timely one, as the province announced on Wednesday the next measures to improve internet access in rural areas. “It was a good day for SWIFT today,” said executive director Barry Field. A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been ...

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“Major step” taken for expansion of broadband internet in Perth County

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece. (Supplied by MPP Randy Pettapiece’s office) The MPP for Perth-Wellington calls it “a major step” in the expansion of broadband internet in Perth County. On Wednesday, Randy Pettapiece, on behalf of Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a Request for Proposals by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. SWIFT is a not-for-profit corporation ...

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PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEXT STEP TO IMPROVE INTERNET ACCESS IN ESSEX COUNTY

The province has taken a $12.8-million step to improve internet access in Essex County. Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology initiative or SWIFT. Officials noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for reliable internet for work and play. The RFP for Essex County closes on July 31 and the contract ...

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Broadband internet to be expanded to rural areas of Waterloo Region

The province will spend close to $12 million The Ontario government has put out a request for proposals to expand broadband internet to the rural areas of Waterloo Region. $11.9 million is being made available through the expansion plan. The announcement was made Thursday by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris and Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, ...

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Additions to Junction project could cost up to $12 million

City hopes to have decision on request for proposal by August Project changes including the possible addition of an underground parking structure have bumped up the total cost of the city’s Junction project by an estimated $8-12 million. Project changes including the possible addition of an underground parking structure have bumped up the total cost of the city’s Junction project by an estimated ...

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‘Huge benefit’ to using batteries in Ontario’s industrial peak reduction opportunity

SunGrid deploying commercial energy storage systems using Powin Energy’s battery storage racks at a site earlier this year. Reducing peak demand for commercial and industrial (C&I) electric utility customers in Ontario remains a big opportunity for using battery energy storage to reduce costs and decarbonise, three partner companies working on a 2MWh project have said. Energy-Storage.news spoke with battery storage technology ...

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Province Issues RFQ for P3 Partnerships to Build Ontario Line

First announced in April, 2019, the Provincial Government’s proposed Ontario Line—a 15.5 kilometre rapid transit line connecting Toronto’s Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Ontario Science Centre—took a big step forward today with the announcement that the province is issuing the first two public-private partnership (P3) Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for the design/build stage of the line. The RFQ phase invites bids to ...

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City of Waterloo utilizes innovative digital procurement technology to optimize productivity and efficiency

WATERLOO – Internationally recognized as a hub for technology and innovation, the City of Waterloo is following that same spirit by implementing the bids&tenders digital procurement platform (https://waterloo.bidsandtenders.ca/Module/Tenders/en) to streamline staff’s purchasing processes. “The implementation of the bids&tenders platform allows us to purchase high quality goods and services in an efficient and cost effective way,”said Jason Wilhelm, Procurement Manager at the City of Waterloo. “By utilizing digital ...

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EORN releases RFP for new cellular infrastructure

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) issued the first Request for Proposal to build new cellular infrastructure. The competitive bidding process will identify telecommunication partners who offer both the expertise and best value for expanded cell coverage in the region. The federal and provincial governments have committed $71 million each to the $213 million public-private partnership to improve both the ...

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EORN issues Request for Proposal to tackle cellular dead zones across eastern Ontario

Mobile broadband critical to regional growth PETERBOROUGH COUNTY, ON, April 20, 2020 – Eastern Ontario is one step closer to improved cellular services that will help rural communities take part in the digital economy, create jobs and improve public safety. Today, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) issued the first Request for Proposal to build new cellular infrastructure. The competitive bidding process will identify telecommunication partners ...

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