With the first of the New Year behind us, we anticipate a very busy first quarter ahead of us.
January ushered in a spell of unwelcome weather, but also events and opportunities that are of interest to both our readers and our business members. We recently attended two important meetings.
First, we met with Mosaic Transit Group at Metrolinx’s invitation. Mosaic is the company awarded the contract to build the Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
Following this meeting, we also were in attendance at the Finch West LRT Business and Workforce Expo sponsored by Metrolinx and Mosaic Transit Group.
Part of the mandate for Metrolinx/Mosaic includes the promotion of skills development, training and job opportunities for the local community.
In addition, the Finch West LRT project presents one of the largest opportunity for local contractors, vendors, businesses and social enterprises. We share that commitment to our members to inform them about current and upcoming opportunities in this major transit project along Finch.
The list for procurement is large and includes utility relocation, excavation equipment, concrete and formwork, masonry, structural steel, carpentry, roofing, drywall, tiling, lighting, etc.
Emery Village BIA lies in the centre of this 11 kilometre transit corridor.
While its construction will bring us challenges in the form of traffic disruptions, and numerous frustrations, we hope to work with both Metrolinx and Mosaic on mitigation measures and information sharing to lessen the burden on both our residents and business owners.
We would encourage our readers to continue to shop local and support our community vendors throughout the construction period. The plan is for the construction to start this year and be completed by the end of 2022.
If you are interested in learning more about the LRT please visit:www.Metrolinx.com/finchwestlrt
For more information about Mosaic Transit Group, and the job and business opportunities please visit:www.mosaictransit.com