CCA and KPMG survey finds innovation opportunities for Canadian construction
A new report titled Construction in a digital world from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and KPMG identifies significant opportunities for construction firms to innovate. As many as 75 per cent of the firms surveyed by the CCA and KPMG rated their digital maturity as fairly low compared to competitors and almost three in five said they need to adapt their digital strategy.
Canada Healthy Communities Initiative projects awarded first round of funding
Approximately $241,000 in federal funding has been handed out during the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, going to the Building Resilience in NunatuKavut project, which aims to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. The project has two components — digital solutions, such as upgrading video conferencing capacity, and agriculture infrastructure in the form of two community greenhouses with the ability to grow produce year-round to improve food security and provide education. The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31-million investment. The second round of funding is open and the application period will close on June 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Applicants can apply for funding ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 for eligible projects.
New app allows drivers to plan ahead during line painting season
With roadway line painting now underway in the Region of Durham, residents can now follow line painting operations using Waze, a live traffic and navigation app as a way to help plan their routes. Line painting will occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., or overnight and on occasional weekends until October. The region is responsible for roadway pavement markings on more than 2,000 lane kilometres in Durham.
Portion of Bay Street to remain closed for a month
The City of Toronto announced May 25 that Bay Street, between Dundas Street West and Gerrard Street West, will remain fully closed for approximately one month as crews continue ongoing emergency repairs to the underground sewer. A clay pipe sewer, which dates back to 1878, partially collapsed on May 14 under Bay Street at Elm Street. Workers initially anticipated the repair would take a few days and now expect that it will take approximately one month.