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First Notice: Ontario funds more construction training; new Toronto hotel; rural transit fund

First Notice: Ontario funds more construction training; new Toronto hotel; rural transit fund


LIUNA to deliver training in Sarnia

The Ontario government announced yesterday it will spend $350,000 to provide free mentorship and training in construction for up to 60 workers in the Sarnia region, most from local Indigenous communities. The project will prepare participants for a range of careers in the construction sector, including cement finisher and construction craft worker, addressing shortages in the local workforce, stated a release. The program, led by the LIUNA Local 1089 Training Centre, will offer 12 weeks of training. 


1 Hotel Toronto opens its doors

Hospitality developer 1 Hotels opens 1 Hotel Toronto today, the sixth property in its portfolio and the first in Canada, in partnership with Mohari Hospitality. The hotel offers 112 guest rooms at 550 Wellington St. W. in downtown Toronto. A notable sustainability feature is an onsite composting system that turns all organic wet waste into reusable soil for the 3,300 plants on property and multiple gardens. 


SNC-Lavalin opens Lava Labs

SNC-Lavalin this morning announced the launch of a set of new technology facilities at offices around the world designed to “accelerate its technological leadership capabilities.” The Lava Labs will offer clients access to modern data and technology systems, “allowing them to visualize, collaborate and deliver their projects in new and innovative ways.” One of the first Lava Labs will be located in Montreal. 


Feds announce rural transit fund

The federal government yesterday announced the creation of a $250-million Rural Transit Solutions Fund to support the development of transit in rural and remote communities. The initial call for applications under the fund will include grants of up to $50,000 in support of project planning for future capital projects or pilot projects, up to $3 million to help cover capital costs and up to $5 million to support zero-emission transit systems.  

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