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TransCanada awards $2.8B in contracts to deliver natural gas pipeline for proposed LNG facility

June 20, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

VANCOUVER—TransCanada Corporation has conditionally awarded four contracts totalling $2.8 billion to construct the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The 670-kilometre pipeline will deliver natural gas from the Dawson Creek area of northern B.C. to the proposed LNG Canada natural gas liquefaction facility in

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Quebec premier urges crane operators back to work as ‘illegal’ strike continues

June 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Premier Philippe Couillard warned Quebec’s crane operators June 19 there will be consequences for what he called an illegal strike, as construction sites were paralyzed across the province for a second consecutive day. The premier said workers who refuse to

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Oshawa, Ont. construction worker pinned down in trench rescued by firefighters

June 20, 2018 by David Kennedy

OSHAWA, Ont.—A construction worker pinned down by heavy machinery on a construction site in the Toronto suburbs was rescued by firefighters after a major operation June 19. Oshawa Fire Services said its technical rescue team responded to the incident on

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Job sites in Quebec sit idle as crane operators protest new training rules

June 18, 2018 Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Crane operators disrupted work sites across Quebec June 18 with an illegal strike, according to the provincial agency that enforces construction labour rules. A spokeswoman for Quebec’s Construction Commission said the agency was calling on crane operators who’ve been “strongly

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Project to build two 23-kilometre flood prevention channels gets $540M from feds, Manitoba

June 18, 2018 by David Kennedy

ST. LAURENT, Man.—A major infrastructure project that will manage high water levels in Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin northwest of Winnipeg has been green-lit by the provincial and federal governments. The two tiers of government committed a combined $540

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Vancouver International Airport breaks ground on $9.1B expansion

June 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

RICHMOND, B.C.— Vancouver International Airport broke ground on its $9.1 billion multi-year expansion that will see the airport complete 75 major projects over the next two decades. Projects include the installation of geo-exchange systems, expansion of the airport’s domestic and

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Alberta to begin expansion of southwest Anthony Henday Drive next year

June 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

EDMONTON—The southwest leg of Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton will be expanded from four to six lanes. Construction on the 18-kilometre stretch of road, made primarily of concrete, is expected to take three years, beginning in 2019. The province anticipates

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Consortium approved for $140M waterfront redevelopment project in Hamilton, Ont.

June 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

HAMILTON, Ont.—The City of Hamilton has approved Waterfront Shores Corporation as the preferred proponent to deliver its $140 million Pier 8 redevelopment project. The project will transform the city’s West Harbour into a 5.24-hectare community with residential, commercial and institutional

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Quebec bid-rigging inquiry nets $95M in reimbursements for ill-got contracts

June 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec has reached deals to get $95 million in a voluntary redemption program aimed at recouping cash lost to corruption, collusion or bid-rigging in the awarding of public contracts. A report released June 13 said $75 million has already been

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Cadillac Fairview adds energy efficient office tower to Toronto’s skyline

June 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A 46-storey office tower will be constructed in Toronto’s downtown. Slated to open in the fall of 2022, the $800 million building is Cadillac Fairview’s latest project in the city. The tower will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum and

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Safety on the rise for Ontario construction workers, WSIB reports

June 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Ontario’s construction industry is 3.7 per cent safer since 2017, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The agency reported a 1.6 per cent upswing across all industries in its 2018 Health and Safety Index. Construction landed in

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Topcon data controller offers speed, functionality

June 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

From Topcon Positioning Group, the T-18 handheld controller is designed for geopositioning, construction, mapping and vertical construction applications. It includes a 3.7 in. display with a 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage and up to 10 hours of battery life.

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Vale green lights Voisey’s Bay mine expansion, paving way for major Labrador construction project

June 12, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Brazilian mining company Vale says it will proceed with construction of an underground mine at Voisey’s Bay, N.L., extending operations by at least 15 years and creating 1,700 jobs. Construction is to begin this summer and take about

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From the editor… Canada’s Top Contractors lay the groundwork

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Another tough year for the construction industry in 2017 showcased the dogged resilience and gritty determination Canada’s Top Contractors are already well known for. In many parts of the country, where federal infrastructure cash remained little more than a promise,

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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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Acadian Construction looks to corner the market in Atlantic Canada

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Acadian Construction is riding high. The New Brunswick contractor more than doubled its revenue in 2017, booking $85 million in sales over the course of the year, compared to $40 million during the previous 12-month period. The strong growth catapulted

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On-Site announces Canada’s 40 Top Contractors

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Find out which of the country’s construction giants came out on top in 2017 and which firms earned their place in our annual Top 40

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Construction industry hits second monthly decline with 13K job losses

June 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Construction employment has dipped for the second consecutive month, with a loss of 13,000 jobs in May. Statistics Canada reported the decline in its latest monthly Labour Force Survey. Combined with a loss of 19,000 jobs in April, gains observed

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PCs sweep to power in Ontario: What Doug Ford means for construction across the province

June 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

The premier-designate has committed to a series of infrastructure investments and vowed to close the province’s skills gap

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SNC Lavalin gets contract to design, deliver $1.9 billion chemical plant in Oman

June 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has reached an agreement to design and deliver a chemical plant in Oman that will cost an estimated $1.9 billion to build. The Montreal-based engineering and construction company says it will support the program from