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3/3/2015 - ON Wastewater Treatment Facility Wins 1st Canadian Envision Sustainability Award


As part of our public works outreach, the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) has supported and recommended the use of the ISI Envision® sustainability rating tool for assessing and promoting sustainability as a fundamental practice when planning and implementing projects. We are pleased to announce that the first project in Canada to earn the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Award is a wastewater treatment facility in Ontario and it earned the highest ISI Envision® recognition -- a platinum award. The project is also the first wastewater facility to be Envision-verified in North America.

Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility Receives First ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Award in Canada

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in Ontario on the shoreline of Lake Huron, earned the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award. This project is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in North America.

For more information,the press release is linked here:


- Press Release - Envision Award   ( http://www.apwa.net/Media/2015/3/2/First-Envision-verified-Wastewater-Facility-in-North-America )
2/28/2015 - CPWA Selects Town of Whitby, ON for National Public Works Week Award


The Town of Whitby, ON, Public Works Department, has been selected by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) to receive the highest award for their May, 2014 National Public Works Week celebration. The CPWA award marks the second time that the Town of Whitby’s Public Works has received the National Public Works Week (NPWW) recognition. Whitby’s 2014 NPWW celebration competed for the award with other municipalities in the “Medium Centres” category for municipalities that have a population of between 75,001 - 250,000.

This year’s award will be presented by CPWA President, Kealy Dedman, P.Eng., MPA, during the March 9, 2015 Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall in the Council Chambers at 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON, L1N 2M8. Accepting the NPWW award for the Town of Whitby Public Works will be Acting Commissioner of Public Works, Brent Rice, on behalf of the entire department.

National Public Works Week annually recognizes the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. In May of each year, municipalities throughout Canada celebrate National Public Works Week.

“National Public Works Week is one of the best ways to increase public awareness about the importance of public works and their provision of services in our towns and cities,” said CPWA President Dedman. “The Town of Whitby’s Open House provided a forum for the public to learn more about the community enhancements that public works provides and the Career Booth serves as a showcase for the profession. The Town Council’s leadership and support from staff was evident in the planning and execution of their National Public Works Week,” added Dedman.

The Town of Whitby’s 2014 theme for their Public Works Week celebration during May 18-24, 2014 was “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.” Targeted to a wide public audience, the NPWW events were advertised in community newspapers, at recreation facilities, on the town’s website, on local radio and social media, in schools as well as nearby post-secondary institutions. The town invited elementary and secondary school students, and featured a “public works passport” and map to guide students. During the day, younger students participated in hands-on demonstrations that included navigating a sewer on the computer and climbing on vehicles and equipment. Special groups of Brownies, Scouts, and Girl Guides toured the department in the evening.

The “Career Booth” feature was popular with both secondary students and others considering career options and possibilities for retraining. The Public Works staff talked about their jobs and sample job descriptions were posted in an effort to promote a career in public works. The Public Works Department also featured a career video targeting youth positioned to enter the workforce.

Whitby’s Public Works Day was both a public awareness and educational success. The Public Works Department created a Public Works Day 2014 Open House Newsletter with a separate photograph memory album for their event. The photographs in the album were intended to portray the Public Works services, the efforts of the Public Works staff and the engagement of their visitors. A new feature was created this year for the Open House to “Name the Parkette,” an indoor park of landscaping features and benches for people, and engaged visitors to provide names for the future park.

For more information about CPWA/APWA, or the National Public Works Week program, please visit the website at www.cpwa.net, or contact Laura Bynum, Media Relations and Communications Manager, via email at lbynum@apwa.net, or phone at 202.218.6736.

ABOUT CPWA The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is an organization of 2,000 public works professionals in Canada active in chapters in each province and members of the American Public Works Association, which has more than 28,500 members in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1986, the Canadian Public Works Association (www.cpwa.net) is the voice of public works in Canada, promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.


- CPWA Selects Town of Whitby, ON for NPWW Award   ( CPWA Selects Town of Whitby for National Public Works Week Award FNL2. pressrel. doc.pdf )
2/28/2015 - Public Private Partnerships: What the World Can Learn from Canada


"A white paper released today by Service Works Global (SWG) in collaboration with The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships identifies the key factors that have made Canada a global leader in public-private partnerships.

Canada now has more than 220 projects, with those reaching financial close valued at over $70 billion. The white paper identifies the determinants of Canada's P3 success including:
- a stable pipeline
- efficient procurement
- a diverse market for project finance
- a supportive political environment

"The white paper provides essential insight into the growth of the P3 market in Canada. It explains how the extent of the trust between the public and private sector, combined with a strong legal framework and a competitive and efficient market have been some of the key drivers in successful infrastructure development," says Gary Watkins, CEO for the Service Works Group of Companies. "Service Works is delighted to have collaborated with the CCPPP on this publication."

"As this white paper demonstrates, Canada is an international leader in the successful use of P3s to meet our infrastructure needs, and that has had a tremendously positive impact on job creation and economic growth in this country. Our evidence-based research aims to promote best practices in public-private partnerships so that innovative approaches to infrastructure development are achieved in Canada and abroad" adds Mark Romoff, CCPPP President and CEO.

Link provided with the permission of CCPPP:

- What the World Can Learn From Canada: PPP   ( http://www.pppcouncil.ca/news/551-report-what-the-world-can-learn-from-canadas-p3-record.html )
1/23/2015 - CPWA Announces Criteria for 2015 National Public Works Week Awards
Dear National Public Works Week Celebrants:

CPWA is pleased to announce the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program for 2015. This is the 55th year of celebration for National Public Works Week in North America. Since its beginning in 1960, agencies, municipalities, and regions have used this week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important are promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those whose who currently serve in these crucial public roles.

APWA and CPWA have selected “Community Begins Here” as its theme for 2015’s National Public Works Week. This year's theme "Community Begins Here" speaks to the essential nature of public works in providing the basis for communities to thrive and the importance of public works services in support of everyday quality of life.

Once again, CPWA will recognize “first time entries” in their own “first time” submitter category as well their own appropriate size category.

The categories for 2015 will be:

First Time Entry: Any community submitting for the first time.

Small Centres: Populations: 75,000 and Under

Medium Centres: Populations: 75,001 - 250,000

Large Centres/ Metro Centres: Populations: 250,001 and over

In fact, every municipality celebrating National Public Works Week is a winner! Public works awareness is an awfully good thing to spread among our citizens, legislators, and especially our young people who will be the engineers, public works managers, specialists and workers of tomorrow.

We invite and encourage your agency and community to join in the celebration and to join the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program.

The NPWW program criteria and application details are listed below:


- Criteria and Application: 2015 CPWA NPWW Awards   ( National Public Works Week 2015 Awards Criteria and Application.docx )
12/17/2014 - CPWA Members - Help Assess the Health of Canada’s Infrastructure


CPWA is a partner on the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) project and an update for 2015 is now underway. We need your help to assure all municipalities complete an important survey that is now live.

All municipalities have been asked to respond to the second edition of the CIRC survey. This year, in an effort to receive the highest response rate possible, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) distributed the survey to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of each city with the suggestion that they designate a survey coordinator for their response.

If you have not heard from your city’s CAO about the survey, we encourage you to contact his/her office and inquire about its status. Please assist us in encouraging the survey be sent to the appropriate department/person in your city so that we will have the best and most complete data available. The survey is important for determining municipal investment needs and asset management practices across the country. You can contribute by encouraging your municipality to participate.

Information and resources are available on the documents below. The deadline for responses has been extended to January 16, 2015. If you have questions, please email info@canadainfrastructure.ca.

Thanks for your attention to this important project. CPWA remains committed to being the voice of public works in Canada.

Resources and Links to Survey below:

Peter B. King Executive Director

- CIRC Resources & Links   ( CIRC Resources & Links.docx )