MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Highways Capital investment rises in Manitoba’s 2020 budget

The provincial government is raising Highways Capital program to $362.5 million, making good on the first year of its election campaign promise to hike the program by an average $12.5 million annually.

Further, the budget for Manitoba Infrastructure includes an additional $5.4 million “carry-over” funds for use this year. The carry-over is a new budget line this year; previous years unspent program funds were returned to general revenues.

Budget 2020 was introduced to the legislative assembly today after more than a week’s delay due to Opposition filibustering.

“We very much support and appreciate the dedication of unspent highways investment dollars to the next year’s program,” MHCA President Chris Lorenc said.

Combined, the $17.9 million in additional dollars brings the Highways Capital program to $367.9 million.  Water-control structures will see an investment of $30.9 million this year.

“That is a step towards improving provincial highways and roads; it’s a start,” Lorenc said.

The Highways Capital budget has weathered significant cuts since 2016. The actual investment in Highways Capital in 2015-16 was $628 million.

Other budget items of interest include the “remediation” of the Quarry Rehabilitation Fund. The budget indicates some $8 million sits in the separate account dedicated to the rehabilitation of spent pits and quarries.

The budget has allocated $2.8 million from the account to Agriculture and Resource Development Department’s “regulatory services” program to be used this year. The remaining $5.339 million is reported under other appropriations for use this year, as well.

The Pallister government has said all revenues collected from these fees will be used for the purpose set out, equal to the amount collected in the year.

“This more transparent accounting gives the industry and its partners in municipalities and the provincial department new focus for discussion,” Lorenc noted. “We will seek further detail on how the government envisions the expenditures to roll out in any given year, for the best use of the account and to ensure the rehab program’s continued success.”

Transfers to municipalities for roads and bridges remain static, as does the $15.8 million for the Water Services Board this year.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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