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CERS applications to be accepted as of November 23

CERS applications to be accepted as of Nov. 23

Legislation to enable the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) received parliamentary approval late last week and an online application portal was expected to be operational for Nov. 23.
Coroner's inquest to examine circumstances of 2009 scaffolding collapse

Inquest to examine 2009 scaffolding collapse

An inquest into the circumstances of the four construction workers' deaths is mandatory under Ontario's Coroners Act. A construction site supervisor has already been convicted.
museum

Seismic rebuild planned for Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC has begun preparations for a rebuild of its iconic Great Hall that will upgrade the resiliency of the space and protect its collection in the event of a major earthquake.
long-term care

Ontario invests extra $761-mil into long-term care

The investment comes from the province's new funding model that helps accelerate the construction of urgently needed long-term care projects.
Elaina's Sustainability Fund

Grant applications open for Elaina’s Sustainability Fund

Elaina's Sustainability Fund, by the Institute of Real Estate Management Foundation, is now accepting applications for funding to support green real estate management initiatives.
CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

CREST awards celebrate sustainability gains

While teams are still focused on an electricity-saving target, the race2reduce, sponsored by BOMA Toronto, has now expanded its mandate to include water, gas, solid waste and overarching climate leadership.
Ontario budget promises to shift some locked-in hydro costs to general provincial expenditures

Ontario to shift some locked-in hydro costs

The roughly $433-million annual allocation for the relief measure will cover a small portion of the total global adjustment, which surpassed $1 billion in every month from January to September this year.
budget

Ontario budget prioritizes educational spaces

An investment of $13 billion in capital grants over 10 years was outlined in the Ontario government's budget tabled on Thursday to build and renovate educational facilities.
New ASHRAE headquarters intended to demonstrate achievable energy performance in older existing buildings

ASHRAE unveils energy performance role model

The newly renovated and retrofitted 42-year-old office building is intended to embody the global society’s mandate to advance human well-being through sustainable technology in the built environment.
Surplus provincial land fast-tracked for long-term care home projects

Long-term care home projects put on fast track

The Ontario government has released a bid package offering three land parcels tied to requirements for successful proponents to develop and operate a total of 896 new long-term care beds.
resilience

Ontario allocates roughly $1 billion for COVID-19 resilience projects

A new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream will help build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. 
wavefront

Wavefront Centre scores highest accessibility rating

Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility has achieved the highest national accessibility rating to date under the RHFAC program.
Sooke

Sooke library construction underway

Construction of a state-of-the-art new library for the District of Sooke is underway with completion expected in 2022.
energy efficiency

Report suggests new building codes aren’t tough enough on energy efficiency

An Efficiency Canada report suggests a lack of mandatory air leak testing in buildings hinders attempts at net-zero energy efficiency.
small businesses eligible for up to $5,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenditures

New grants for COVID-19-related expenditures

Small business operators could receive up to $5,000 to be used for physical modifications to comply with public health requirements, PPE or upgrading digital/e-commerce capabilities.
reopening

U of T’s fall reopening plan ‘unacceptable,’ says union

The union representing more than 10,000 contract academic workers at the University of Toronto is speaking out against the recent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
employees absorb most home workspace costs

Employees absorb most home workspace costs

More than one third of survey respondents report no per-employee allocation has been established for the home workspaces where it’s projected staff will spend at least 42 per cent of their formal work hours well into 2021.