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Montreal’s new Champlain bridge to open July 1, but builders could be on the hook for millions for late finish

June 17, 2019 David Kennedy, with files from The Canadian Press

After four years of construction, work on the new $4.2 billion Samuel De Champlain Bridge has entered its final weeks, but the question of penalties for the major delay remains

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Construction industry faced highest number of unfilled jobs in Q1, surpassing national average: CFIB

June 15, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—The number of unfilled jobs in Canada’s construction sector outpaced all other industries and the national average in the first four quarter of 2019, according to a recent report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Coast to coast, 435,000

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce says succession process began in 2018

June 15, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce, who stepped down abruptly as head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. June 11, says the process to replace him was in the works for at least six months. Bruce says in a LinkedIn post that the process started last

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Grote Industries offers LED hazard, warning lights for construction zones

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

Grote Industries offers  permanent, vacuum and magnetically mounted beacon lights in both regular and high profiles. Different strobe patterns are also available. Most of the company’s LED offerings draw 0.4 to 0.35 amps at 12 VDC. The company also offers

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EllisDon appoints senior vice-president to oversee Construction Sciences unit

June 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—EllisDon Corp. announced June 11 it’s expanding the role of David Klassen, the current senior vice-president of Design-Build. Along with maintaining his responsibilities within the Design-Build business unit, Klassen will now head up EllisDon’s Construction Sciences division, also as

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Ottawa opens funding spigot to help pay for $206.7M Toronto storm sewer system

June 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—A water infrastructure project aimed at reducing the risk of basement flooding in west Toronto is moving ahead with $73.2 million in backing from the federal government. The stormwater project, centred roughly at Rogers and Caledonia Roads on the west

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Construction begins on $450M mixed-use Espace Montmorency project in Montreal suburb of Laval

June 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

LAVAL, Que.—Construction is underway on a major mixed-use building project in the Montreal suburb of Laval. Montoni Group and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, the driving forces behind the project, said June 11 crews have started work on a $450

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From the editor… The tariffs are gone, but don’t hold out for cheaper steel and aluminum

June 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with several cabinet ministers in tow, took a victory lap through the Hamilton, Ont. Stelco plant May 17, hours after news of the tariffs being lifted first surfaced last month. Predictably, Trudeau credited his government’s countermeasures

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Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher – or more integral to success

June 12, 2019 Saul Chernos

Construction activity continues to fire on all cylinders in Canadian urban centres and is faring well in most other areas of the country. Canada’s Top Contractors are hitting fresh heights as well, but the success masks a steep challenge for

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Grant Beck, president and CEO of Graham Group, dies suddenly

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—A veteran member of Canada’s construction industry and the president and CEO of Graham Group, died suddenly last week, according to a statement from the company’s executive team and board of directors. “With heavy hearts, the employees and leadership team

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After big April gain, construction employment slips in May

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The construction labour market rallied in April after four straight months of losses, but it slipped back to its losing ways in May, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The industry shed approximately 8,600 jobs in May, seasonally

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 11, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—Contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction lawyers and a wide range of other stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry have four final months to prepare for one of the most significant changes to the province’s building industry in years. After a long series

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Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

June 11, 2019 Katherine Ayre and Adrienne Ho

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject

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OPG relocating headquarters east of Toronto, planning construction of new campus for 2,000 workers

June 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

CLARINGTON—Ontario Power Generation is planning to consolidate its workforce in Clarington, Ont., drawing staff from 15 locations across southern Ontario. The crown-owned generating company, which produces about half of Ontario’s power, said June 10 it expects to start construction on

Neil Bruce takes over leadership at SNC-Lavalin
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SNC-Lavalin CEO steps aside as board eyes new direction for ailing firm

June 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce’s tenure as CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. came to an end June 11, capping off a near four-year stint marked by a 42 per cent plunge in share price and a political controversy tied to an ongoing corruption

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Windsor, Ont. contractor Rosati Group edges its way to the top of On-Site’s Top Five Under 50

June 10, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Staying true to its roots in southwestern Ontario, Rosati Group has grown to new heights. Carving out its legacy since 1969, the family-owned contractor has secured the top spot in On-Site’s Top Five Under 50 category for the third time

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It’s not easy going green: For contractors, embracing the sustainable building ‘paradigm shift’ isn’t optional

June 10, 2019 David Kennedy

With exposed concrete on all sides and piping from mechanical systems overhead, a compact drilling rig bores slowly into the ground beneath the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto. The rig takes about a day to drill a 13-centimetre (five-inch) borehole

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On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

June 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

Our annual report highlighting the 40 largest construction companies in the country

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Industry 4.0: Embracing technology for asset performance certainty

June 10, 2019 David Bowcott

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and like every new iteration born out of the technology sector it has been given a future-forward moniker: Industry 4.0. Some believe the impact from this industrial revolution could be greater than the