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Province reneging on funding deal with city, imperils industry and city streets

  The provincial budget released March 7 gives no indication that Pallister government is renewing a five-year roads agreement that has formed a big share of base funding in the City of Winnipeg’s local and regional streets renewal budgets. The lack of commitment means the City effectively loses $145 million
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MHCA to City Council: find a better Plan ‘B’

  MHCA President Chris Lorenc told City Council’s executive policy committee this week Winnipeg cannot simply eliminate all residential street work for 2019, in response to the provincial government’s shortchanging the city on the cost-shared roads agreement last year. NO residential street work this year? Cancelling the 53 residential street repair projects that were scheduled? In a
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Highways budget static in 2019-20; extra $45 million set for highways projects for Manitoba’s 150th birthday

  The provincial government has held Manitoba Infrastructure’s Highways Capital program to $350 million for 2019-20. Further, the budget sets out much lower planned expenditures for water-control structures — $65.4 million this year, $35 million of which is expected for the Lake St. Martin (outlet structures). Notably, however, the provincial
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Carr asks business groups to help end ‘bickering,’ get infrastructure dollars flowing

  Federal Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr delivered a welcomed message to members of the MHCA and other business associations at a March 1st breakfast. Carr said there is a well of federal investment dollars sitting on the table, awaiting agreement and sign-off with Manitoba, including for core infrastructure projects.
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Move to online bidding-only nears completion for Manitoba Infrastructure

  Manitoba Infrastructure continues to streamline its tendering processes and will begin receiving bids for all non-bonded construction and maintenance tenders online, through MI’s procurement service provider MERX starting in April, 2019. MI began receiving online bids for large-scale construction tenders in February, 2017 and for goods purchases in August,
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MHCA profoundly disappointed, alarmed at severe cuts to city roads budget

  The City of Winnipeg budget for local and regional road works in 2019 has been cut by $42 million, compared to the city’s forecast released last fall. The City of Winnipeg says the cut was necessary because the provincial government has flowed less than what was expected in 2018’s
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MHCA seeks provincial payments for quarry rehab projects completed

  The MHCA will ask the provincial government to remit 85% of what is owed from a trust fund to contractors who have completed quarry rehabilitation projects, while a review of the Quarry Rehabilitation Fund continues. “We recognize that the Mines Branch must complete its review, but these contractors have
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MHCA to CCA: provincial highways budget, carbon tax top agenda in Manitoba

  Severe cuts to the provincial highways budget and the planned federal carbon tax, to raise the price of fuel at the pump in April, remain among the top priorities in Manitoba in 2019, the MHCA’s update to the Canadian Construction Association annual meeting lays out. “This (highways budget) is
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Severe cuts to highways budget worry Manitobans: poll

  Most Manitobans are worried about the severe cuts to the provincial highways budget and would likely opt not to rollback the PST to 7%, in favour of using the revenues for highway construction and repairs.  The poll, conducted by Prairie Research Associates for MHCA and Merit Contractors Association of
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Winnipeg CAO to retire April 26, MHCA thanks McNeil for his service

  The City of Winnipeg is starting a search for a new chief administrative officer after CAO Doug McNeil gave notice today he is retiring April 26. McNeil has been in the CAO’s position for four years. “We very much thank Doug McNeil for his service,” MHCA President Chris Lorenc
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