Vancouver approves 2021 budgets
The City of Vancouver has approved its 2021 operating and capital budgets. The $1.6 billion 2021 operating budget is $19 million lower than the original planned budget for 2020 and includes a five per cent property tax increase. The City of Vancouver said due to the lower budget service levels, the public will be impacted and some planned initiatives will need to be deferred. COVID-19 impacted 2020 finances with a projected $85 million in reduced revenue at year end and $13 million in additional emergency response costs.
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.
Manitoba issues RFP for master health facilities plan for Winnipeg campus
The Province of Manitoba has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to support the development of a master capital plan for the Health Sciences Centre’s (HSC) Bannatyne health campus in Winnipeg, The Bannatyne health campus covers 39 acres of land with more than four million square feet of occupied space and includes Manitoba’s busiest emergency department (ED), the province’s tertiary care centre, Manitoba’s children’s hospital and ED, a dedicated women’s facility, ambulatory clinics and the Crisis Response Centre at HSC. The master plan will include an inventory of campus facilities and clinical services and will consider if shifts in the location of specific clinical services are needed to support the site’s ability to meet both current and future population needs. The RFP closes on Jan. 15, 2021.
Pre-construction starts on Fond Du Lac Airport
Pre-construction work for safety improvements to Fond Du Lac Airport in northern Saskatchewan have begun. The $14 million project awarded to Saskatchewan-based Whitford Construction will involve building turn pads at both ends of the runway, strengthening and resurfacing of the runway, taxiway and apron, and replacement of existing low-intensity lighting with high-intensity LED lights. Rock crushing began in early November with construction scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021.