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Wastewater treatment plant upgrades, new water reservoir for Alberta

January 22, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Canadian and Alberta governments will provide $16.3 million to upgrade three wastewater treatment plants and build a water reservoir in Alberta. Wastewater treatment plants in the towns of Vermilion, Barrhead and St. Paul will receive upgrades to increase capacity

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Ontario hospital expansion complete

January 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A $512 million expansion on a hospital in Milton, Ont., is complete. The 125,000 square foot Milton District Hospital received an added 330,000 square feet of space, among other upgrades. The expansion was designed and built by PCL Constructors Canada.

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Renovations, repairs and upgrades for Ontario schools

January 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Ontario will invest $784 million in additions, repairs and upgrades at 79 schools across the province. In communities across Ontario, 39 new schools will be constructed and 40 major renovations will take place. These projects will give way for 157

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UK state contractor collapses in liquidation, putting 6,000 Canadian jobs at risk

January 16, 2018 The Associated Press

LONDON–One of the British state’s biggest contractors collapsed Monday, putting thousands of jobs at risk, after creditors and the government refused to bail out a company struggling under the weight of more than 1.5 billion pounds (CAD$2.6 billion) of debt.

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Graham to build Canada’s only wet infant formula facility

January 15, 2018 by Corinne Lynds

Graham has been awarded a $200-million contract to build the new Canadian Royal Milk (CRM) facility. To be constructed in Kingston, ON, the CRM will be a 29,728 m2 (320,000 sq. ft.) state-of-the-art infant formula manufacturing facility. It will be Canada’s

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Construction started for Toronto Port Lands transformation

January 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The first phase of a $1.25 billion project to protect Toronto’s Port Lands and unlock new land is underway. Construction has started with lake filling on Cherry Street, a roadway located at Essroc Quay near on the south side of

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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 in partnership with U of T acquires $2.4M in funding for Carbon Accounting Tool

January 9, 2018 EllisDon

EllisDon, in partnership with the University of Toronto, has successfully secured a $2.4-million grant through the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D program to develop a Carbon Accounting Tool. The program is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences

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Montreal’s Ste Catherine Street about to undergo massive overhaul

January 8, 2018 The Canadian Press

Beginning today, Montreal’s famous Ste-Catherine Street and the merchants along the busy commercial artery will be subjected to a familiar rite of passage in the metropolis: a major construction overhaul. A 2.2-kilometre stretch of road will be transformed between Atwater

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Government takes another step to ban asbestos with new, proposed rules

January 8, 2018 The Canadian Press

The federal government has laid out a tough set of proposed new regulations to prohibit the use, sale, import and export of asbestos and products that contain it, as well as the manufacture of products containing the cancer-causing mineral. The

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Construction spending south of the border hit record high in November

January 5, 2018 The Associated Press

  U.S. builders spent 0.8 per cent more on construction projects in November, the fourth consecutive monthly gain. November advance follows October’s revised 0.9 per cent gain, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The increase brought total construction spending for the

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Temporary bridge used to transport pipes in wastewater facility renovation

January 4, 2018 On-Site

A temporary utility bridge offered an alternative solution to a wastewater treatment facility upgrade in Cambridge, Ont. Provided by bridge engineering and supply company Acrow Bridge, the structure was used to carry pipes across Ontario’s Speed River and provide a

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Infrastructure bank could be ‘key’ for U.S. Canada high speed rail: study

January 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

A multibillion-dollar proposal to connect Vancouver to the U.S. northwest by “ultra high-speed” rail appears to check off most, if not all, the boxes for funding consideration by Canada’s new infrastructure bank, argues a report commissioned by the Washington state

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Ballard Power System launches drone fuel cell propulsion system

January 3, 2018 On-Site

Ballard Power Systems announced its launch of a fuel cell propulsion system to power drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The company also received a contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, to expand flight-testing. Under the contract, Ballard is offered

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Court approves CCCI acquisition of Aecon Group

January 3, 2018 On-Site

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) has approved the acquisition of Aecon Group by Honk-Kong-based construction firm, CCCC International Holding Limited (CCCI). A final order approving the Plan of Arrangement was issued on Dec. 22, 2017, which would

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B.C. medical cannabis cultivation facility underway

January 3, 2018 On-Site

Calgary-based eco-agriculture company, Maple Leaf Green World, announced that field clearing is underway for its proposed medical cannabis cultivation facility. The 80,000-sq.-ft. facility will be located on 30 acres of land in Telkwa, B.C. Foundation construction is expected to be

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Construction contract awarded for B.C. Immigration Holding Centre

January 3, 2018 On-Site

LEC Engineering Contracting, based in North Vancouver, B.C., has been awarded a $23.1 million contract for the construction of an Immigration Holding Centre (IHC) in Surrey, B.C. Construction work includes interior and exterior renovations, roofing replacement, structural upgrades and landscape

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Ontario opens new section of highway in Durham Region

January 3, 2018 Government of Ontario

Ontario is improving traffic flow and reducing congestion in Durham region, with the next phase of Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington now open. The first phase of the Highway 407 extension, which opened last year

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Terrex tower crane offers power and versatility

January 2, 2018 by Corinne Lynds

    Terex Cranes’ newest addition to its growing tower crane family, the Terex CTT 472-20 flat top tower crane, is a 20-tonne (22 US ton) class crane. It expands maximum jib length to 80 m (262.5 ft) and increases

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Third construction tender issued for Dartmouth General Hospital expansion

January 2, 2018 On-Site

The Dartmouth General Hospital’s expansion and renovation, part of the QEII redevelopment project, continues to move forward. The third tender for construction services at the hospital was issued Dec. 20. This is for interior work for the new addition and