The Ontario government tabled a $132-billion budget April 23rd that leans heavily on infrastructure spending over the next decade, and eliminates the province’s $8.5-billion deficit in two years. The infrastructure push is fuelled by supermarket beer sales, a sell-off of Hydro One. Finance Minister Sousa stated that “This will be one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canada since the Last Spike was driven, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway.” Sousa added they are “building Ontario up” by finally addressing the need for transit, highways, bridges, waterworks, and hospitals. It was noted that the decade-long investment that should create 110,000 jobs. Much of the infrastructure spending included in the budget is aimed at projects in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, such as new commuter trains, expanding Go Transit service and improving highways. However, $15 billion is earmarked for projects outside the GTHA. Thursday’s provincial budget identified Ottawa’s transit needs as a key priority moving forward. While that isn’t technically a guarantee that the province will fund Phase 2 of LRT, when combined with the fact that Liberals have publicly promised to support the project in the past, Ottawa’s shout out in the budget appears to be a promising sign.
2. NCHCA Education Series
Left to right Chris Kollar, Andrew Chevrier, Bradley Carew
Bill Harper, City Surveyor, City of Ottawa, Layout on Construction Sites
3. NCHCA AGM
To the view our awesome AGM photos, please click here.
4. National Capital Heavy Construction Association Bursary Applications now available on-line
The NCHCA offers all member companies and their employees the following four bursaries – each with a value of $2500:
The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley (financial need)
The Harley House Consultant Inc. Award (highest grade point average)
2 x The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Industry Related Award
The candidates must be:
The son, daughter or legal ward of persons who work for member firms OR
An employee of a member firm OR
The parent or guardian of applicant must have a history of employment with a member firm.
The applicant must be:
Registered full time at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution
In good academic standing and a minimum average of 75%
Entering at least the 2ndyear of an undergraduate program or the 1st year of a graduate or professional program
Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
Preference may be given to those enrolled in courses related to industry
Transcripts of previous scholastic results
Evidence of University or College Enrollment
Cover letter to address the following:
To describe why they feel they should be awarded this bursary
To detail why they fulfill the requirements of this program
To define what sets them apart from other applicants
To meet the criteria of the bursary, describe the employment with a member firm
Our Pothole Open is being held Monday, May 25 at Kanata Lakes (noon tee off) and Eagle Creek (10 AM tee off) Golf Courses. A bistro style dinner will be served at Kanata Lakes at 6 PM. See you on the links.
6. NCHCA Director Profile
Dennis Colautti,Vice-President and Co-founder of the Colautti Group
Mr. Colautti has worked in the sewer and watermain construction industry for over 40 years. With extensive experience in infrastructure rehabilitation, site preparation, and pumping stations, Colautti Construction is recognized as a leader in the Ottawa area heavy construction industry. In recent years, Dennis and his partners have expanded the company to include two new divisions: ACS Concrete Solutions and Incito Developments. Dennis has served on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association for over 10 years and is a Past President of the organization. He regularly attends the Liaison Meetings with the City of Ottawa, has been a member of the Specification Committee for many years, and has participated in various forums to promote our industry. In addition to work within the construction industry, Dennis is also actively involved in his community, including participating on various Board of Director positions with the Spencerville Fair for more than fifteen years. Dennis is often called upon for advice in design, property development and site management, and is always happy to share his expertise with industry peers and the community as a whole.