Facility Management

west end vancouver

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Resolvable barriers still impede accessibility

The building features that most commonly impede people with disabilities are not those that are the costliest or most structurally complicated to correct, new survey findings show.
Maisonneuve Library

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Maisonneuve Library turns a new page

The Beaux-Arts-style Maisonneuve Library underwent sensitive internal and external renovations to meet changing user needs and expand programming that was accessible for all.
plastic

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Plastic chemicals face growing scrutiny

The United Nations Environment Assembly adopted a resolution on March 2, 2022, to end plastic pollution by 2040.
supply chain

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Navigating supply chain transparency legislation 

The deadline for Canadian businesses to file their first annual report on supply chain transparency is fast approaching.
Alberta to tighten grip on public sector facilities managers

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Alberta to tighten grip on public sector FMs

The Alberta government is moving to tighten its grip on public entities that are defined as “creatures of the province,” yet have conventionally had leeway to seek and accept direct federal investment.
capital project

CondoBusiness

Considerations for deferring capital project work

The industry panel discussed what capital repairs and replacement costs could potentially be deferred by prolonging the life of various building components and what professional resources to seek for guidance.
Taxing debate awaits Toronto commercial parking

Canadian Property Management

Taxing debate awaits Toronto commercial parking

Debate about a proposed surcharge on commercial parking spaces in Toronto has been deferred until City Council begins to consider 2025 budget measures.
Tenant lounge

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Tenant lounge reborn from vacant retail space

A former convenience store, adjacent to the lobby inside a downtown Toronto office tower, has been transformed into a private 1920s-style Art Deco lounge for tenant meetings and events.
WELL

CondoBusiness

WELL evolves into residential communities

Minto Communities is the first developer in Canada to pilot the WELL for residential program, which sets out to create healthier homes.
accessibility

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Canada far from meeting accessibility goals

Federally-regulated organizations will need to prioritize specific actions that advance accessibility and disability inclusion by 2040.
State of good repair lags in Toronto

Canadian Facility Management & Design

State of good repair lags in City of Toronto

Toronto is backsliding on the upkeep of municipal facilities, with a state of good repair backlog that’s projected to surpass $1 billion this year and then continue accumulating to nearly $1.47 billion by 2033.
Passive House

Canadian Facility Management & Design

A first Passive House retrofit in Halifax

Once complete, it will serve as an inspiration for others pursuing deep retrofits of existing buildings, an endeavour that offers the most hope for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Halifax.
managers

CondoBusiness

Pushing for a workplace culture shift

Condo managers are familiar with hostile work environments, but cases of harassment and intimidation, and even violence, have reportedly increased due to a confluence of factors.
reserve funds

CondoBusiness

Overhauling reserve funds in Ontario

As the landscape of aging condos continues evolving, the need for adequate reserve funds to pay for these repairs assumes greater importance.
insurance

CondoBusiness

What’s next for condominium insurance?

Timely maintenance and improvements will play an important role in securing favourable coverage terms and avoiding delays in the renewal process.
Accessibility is everybody's business

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Opinion: Accessibility is everybody’s business

Society benefits, and invariably prospers, when people everywhere can more easily share their experience, knowledge and culture and exercise their spending powers
condos

CondoBusiness

The call for safer condos in Ontario

Conflicts and disputes within Ontario’s condo communities are fueling a conversation around safety reform and adding pressure to make residential buildings better places to live and work.