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Ontario budget promises overhaul of apprenticeship, skilled trades system

April 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The scarcity of skilled workers across Ontario is no secret. Construction employers, among others, often face a serious challenge finding tradespersons to fill roles, resulting in project delays and higher costs. The 2019 Ontario budget, the first released under Premier

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Under lock and key: Guarding job sites from thieves and thrill-seekers saves contractors down the line

March 13, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Sprawling construction sites, swarming with workers during the day, but abundant in valuable tools and unguarded equipment once crews clock out, are ripe for pilfering. Unlike picking a lock or breaking a window, prowling a vacant construction site after-hours hoping

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Connecting the dots between technology and capital

March 12, 2019 David Bowcott

You may have noticed that a number of articles I’ve penned in the last year have had a strong technology leaning. It isn’t a coincidence. There’s absolutely no doubt that over the last few years Silicon Valley has discovered the

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Bird’s eye view: The consequences of falls from heights demand a culture shift

February 19, 2019 Jillian Morgan

It may be time to rethink working at heights from the ground up. Though some provinces have welcomed a marginal decline in accidents, falls remain a leading cause of injury for tradespeople of all stripes across the country. The most

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The impending shortage: Canadian construction industry has 300,000 jobs to fill over next decade

February 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

With hundreds of thousands of industry veterans set to hang up their hard hats, construction firms need to step up their recruitment efforts

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Understanding the impact of engine idling

January 2, 2019 Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison, Petro-Canada Lubricants

Downtime for a construction operation can cause significant disruption and have a real impact on a company’s bottom line. It’s therefore essential to ensure that equipment is running smoothly — even in the most difficult and extreme conditions. There are

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Lean Construction: Getting past the silos

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, completed in 2015, is an award-winning facility featuring fully integrated digital infrastructure, compliance with LEED, a natural people-friendly environment and floor layouts that support Lean workflows. What’s not immediately obvious is the project’s diverse input from

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Stringent use of written change orders risking construction delays, cost overruns

October 30, 2018 Aaron Stavne and Alan Regel

The Canadian engineering and construction industries often insist on using only written change orders when agreeing to alterations to a project’s scope. Other means of communication, such as verbal direction, are often seen as inadequate and non-binding. But this nearly

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Quebec crane operators continue strike despite order to return to work

June 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

Many of the province’s nearly 2,000 crane operators walked off the job earlier this week, disrupting work at job sites across Quebec

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Construction innovation: Shedding the old paradigms

June 11, 2018 Jacob Stoller

The term “innovation” conjures up images of drones, virtual reality, state-of-the-art sensing technology and leading-edge building materials. These products, however, are only enablers—the real innovation is in the changes companies have to make to adopt them. Unlike manufacturers, contractors don’t

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Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 1, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2018 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here. Meanwhile, the survey for Top Contractors 2019 is now live. And as always, having your company listed is entirely free.

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Crane operators protest in front of Couillard’s Montreal office

May 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Crane operators drove their rigs through the streets of Montreal over the weekend to protest new regulations that govern how workers are trained. About 10 cranes and several hundred union members joined the march and protest that ended in front

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CCDC launches coast-to-coast seminars on project delivery, IPD and procurement

April 10, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) is launching a series of cross-country seminars between April and May 2018. The seminars will introduce new and updated documents, with a focus on project delivery methods as well as procurement and contracting requirements.

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Alberta policy supports apprenticeship training on public projects

February 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Alberta has introduced a new bidding policy for contractors to utilize apprentices in construction-related trades on large-scale, public infrastructure projects. The policy requires apprentices in the 11 trades to participate on major public projects valued over $15 million, or those

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250,000 construction workers to retire this decade

February 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Over 250,000 construction workers are expected to retire this decade, according to the latest labour market forecast from BuildForce Canada. Those workers account for 21 per cent of Canada’s construction workforce. To meet labour requirements, 277,000 construction workers will need

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Toboggan race for engineering students sponsored by PCL

February 2, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

For the fifth consecutive year, PCL Construction was the title sponsor of the 44th Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) in support of young engineers. Hosted by the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ont., the race took place from Jan.

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Ontario invests in job training for Thunder Bay First Nations

January 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Ontario will invest $240,000 in job training for Indigenous people near Thunder Bay, Ont. In partnership with SuperCom Industries (Supercom), a First Nation-owned business, the investment will support training for up to 244 people. The project aims to prepare for

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51,000 new jobs added to construction industry in 2017

January 9, 2018 Statistics Canada

Canada’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest in four decades in 2017, with 51,000 jobs added to the construction industry. The Statistics Canada monthly labour force survey reported a year of growth across all industries. Unemployment rates landed at 5.7

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EllisDon establishes Emirati Internship Program

December 18, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

EllisDon, a major contributor to the Middle East landscape for over 14 years, has implemented a new program that provides international students from the UAE with work experience. Initiated by the company’s Middle East vice-presidents, Daniel Murphy and Wissam Ayoub,

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Wave of construction worker turnover expected for 2018

December 6, 2017 Jillian Morgan

Business owners will face an employee retention crisis in the new year, warns Hays Canada. The recruiting agency’s eighth annual salary guide, released on Nov. 30, paints an unfavourable picture of the Canadian labour force – overworked and underpaid as