Royal Assent for Rebuilding Act
The Ontario Rebuilding and Recovery Act received Royal Assent yesterday. The bill contains measures that will accelerate the planning, design and construction of projects including new powers granted to the minister of municipal affairs and housing to expand Minister’s Zoning Orders under the Planning Act.
ArcelorMittal celebrates railway anniversary
ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada today is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its railway on Quebec’s North Shore linking the Mont-Wright mine to its facilities in Port-Cartier, Que. “The railway represented at the time an essential access route for the development of northern Quebec,” stated a release. The ArcelorMittal railway is 420 kilometres long and includes 50 per cent curves, 20 bridges, five tunnels and 19 sidings.
Labour productivity down in Q3
Statistics Canada reported yesterday that the labour productivity of Canadian businesses dropped 10.3 per cent in the third quarter, the largest quarterly decrease on record, as hours worked rebounded faster than business output. Productivity fell in both goods-producing businesses (down 13.1 per cent, following a 10.6 per cent gain in the previous quarter) and service-producing businesses (down 10.1 per cent, following a 13.8 per cent increase in the previous quarter). Agriculture and forestry, construction, real estate and other business services posted the largest decreases. Construction followed only hospitality and retail in terms of work-hours lost in the quarter as a result of COVID-19, with 12.9 million work-hours lost.
Boralex commissions wind farms in France
On Tuesday Quebec-based Boralex Inc. announced the commissioning of the Cham Longe Repowering and Extension Seuil de Bapaume wind farms, producing a total output of 53.4 megawatts and located respectively in the departments of Ardeche and Somme, in France. This brings Boralex’s installed capacity in France to 1,037.7 megawatts and its total capacity worldwide to 2,246 megawatts.
CLAC urges support for retirement home workers
The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), a labour union that represents workers in the construction, health care and food industries, yesterday issued a statement arguing the Government of Ontario has missed an opportunity to protect some of its “health care heroes” with new legislation that will amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The legislation fails to expand mandatory coverage through the WSIB to all retirement and group home workers in the province, CLAC states.