Facility Management

Surplus provincial land fast-tracked for long-term care home projects

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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

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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. 
empathy

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Three types of empathy for workplace leaders

In their 2019 Workplace Empathy survey, technology firm Businessolver discovered that 82 per cent of employees would consider leaving their job for a more empathetic organization,
small businesses eligible for up to $5,000 to cover COVID-19-related expenditures

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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.
campuses

Canadian Facility Management & Design

How will campuses change because of COVID-19?

Colleges and universities are questioning how much space will be needed in the future campus, how it will be operated, and how to make our built environment more healthy, sustainable and resilient.
employees absorb most home workspace costs

Canadian Facility Management & Design

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.
hydro cost hit postponed with extended eligibility for Ontario Electricity Rebate

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Rebate extension postpones hydro cost hit

The six-month extension comes with an improved rate since the discount on pre-tax electricity consumption and transmission/distribution costs will increase to 33.2 per cent on November 1.
retrofit

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Making data-driven decisions to cut energy losses

Retrofits to remedy energy losses through the building envelope are sometimes based on assumptions and uncertainty.
FM skills

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Closing the FM skills gap during COVID-19

It is critical that FMs be part of a back-to-work strategy to voice their ideas, suggestions and areas for improvement that can all be applied going forward.
Edge computing centres are vulnerable to encroaching outdoor conditions

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Edge computing centres put a cloud in a cabinet

Seen as the next big thing in data services, small hubs located near end-users are also more vulnerable to the encroaching outdoor environment than are vast temperature-controlled data centres.
Surveillance testing

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Surveillance testing in schools during COVID-19

As classes resume in person, one protocol being discussed in Ontario is the deployment of surveillance technology testing to mitigate pandemic risk.
circadian lighting

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Circadian lighting improves seniors’ daily routines

Circadian lighting plays a special role in facilities management as long-term care homes and schools increasingly look to enhance wellbeing among seniors and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
funds released for school energy retrofits

Canadian Facility Management & Design

Carbon pricing bankrolls school energy retrofits

Promised allocations from the federal Climate Action Incentive Fund have been released for building envelope, lighting and HVAC system improvements.
IFMA

REMI Network

Seneca students launch new IFMA chapter 

Amidst an aging workforce, two Seneca students have launched the International Facility Management Association’s newest student chapter to help learners pursue careers in facility management.
chlorine gas release nets funds for health and safety initiatives

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Chlorine gas release warrants $150,000 fine

The Alberta court determined the fine should be directed to efforts to educate workers at the water treatment plant and ensure indoor air quality at a local health care centre.
fossil fuel

REMI Network

Biogen pledges to go fossil fuel-free by 2040

Biogen is embarking on a 20-year journey to eliminate fossil fuel emissions across its global operations and promote health equity.
certification exams

Facility Cleaning & Maintenance

Apprentice backlog tackles certification exams

Typically, about 1,700 candidates write certification exams for the skilled trades every month in Ontario, but COVID-19 shut down provincial testing centres last March.