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Ontario College of Trades accepting ratio review submissions

October 30, 2012 On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is currently accepting written submissions regarding appropriate journeyperson-to-apprenticeship ratios for the following trades:  Group B-5: Roofer (Deadline: December 10, 2012 at 2 p.m.) Group B-6: Terrazzo tile and marble setter (Deadline: December 10, 2012

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EllisDon launches Uprising

October 29, 2012 On-Site staff

EllisDon has launched Uprising, a crowdsourcing platform that has the potential to revolutionize construction problem solving. Uprising was created by EllisDon to “push problem-solving beyond the boundaries of any one company and into the collective intelligence of the world’s brightest

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VIDEO: Former Montreal engineer testifies at Charbonneau commission

October 25, 2012 On-Site staff

A recent CBC News report covering the Charbonneau commission states that Gilles Surprenant, a former City of Montreal engineer that admittedly accepted $600,000 in bribes over a 20-year period, testified that reporting corruption to the police wasn’t his job and

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Average weekly earnings up in construction sector

October 25, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings in the construction sector were up 0.8 per cent in August to $1,144.43, when compared to the previous month ($1,135.26 in July 2012). Over the 12-month period, average weekly earnings

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EllisDon takes No. 2 spot for Aon Hewitt’s Top 50 Best Employers in Canada

October 23, 2012 On-Site staff

Construction companies were well represented on Aon Hewitt’s Top 50 Best Employers in Canada for 2013. EllisDon took the No. 2 spot, while several other firms cracked the top 50, including PCL Constructors (No. 17), Clark Builders (No. 32), Cruickshank

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B.C. reaches agreements for highway maintenance through 2018-19

October 23, 2012 On-Site staff

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently reached agreements with the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (BCRB) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) for a five-year extension of 27 of the 28 provincial service area

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Non-residential building construction up in Q3 2012

October 22, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, investment in non-residential building construction increased 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 (Q3 2012) to $12.1 billion, when compared to the previous quarter. This marked the third consecutive quarterly increase.

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons Building. (From left) Deborah Rowan-Legg. former vice-president of student services, Barbara Farber, member of the Algonquin College Board of Governors, Algonquin College president Kent MacDonald, Students' Association president David Corson, past-president Robert C. Gillett and former Students' Association president Jacob Sancartier. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.
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Algonquin College opens $52M student commons building

October 19, 2012 On-Site staff

Algonquin College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the $52-million Robert C. Gillett Student Commons on Oct. 18 at its Woodroffe campus in Ottawa. The facility was designed as a non-academic space for students and features a

The Caterpillar Welcome Center is set to open on Oct. 20, 2012. Staff photo.
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Caterpillar Visitors Center opens doors Oct. 20

October 18, 2012 On-Site staff

Caterpillar Inc. is ready to open the doors to a new building that will share the company’s long history with the world. The Caterpillar Visitors Center will open on Oct. 20 and offers guests a chance to learn about the

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Bridge and shoreline construction law changes proposed

October 18, 2012 On-Site staff

The Government of Canada introduced amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act designed to reduce “red tape” for bridge work, a move that is music to the ears of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). The CCA stated that the amendments

Mott MacDonald's concept design for a new 33,000-seat stadium in Regina.
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Mott MacDonald releases concept for $278M stadium in Regina

October 17, 2012 Staff Report

The City of Regina has released Mott MacDonald’s concept design for a new 33,000-seat stadium in Regina. The consultancy was hired by the City of Regina in June 2012 to provide engineering, architectural and public private partnership advisory services on

Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.
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TO2015 unveils stadium for host of Pan Am soccer

October 15, 2012 Staff Report

Hamilton’s storied Ivor Wynne Stadium will rise again as a state-of-the-art sport legacy to Steel Town, the sole host of soccer competitions during the upcoming TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. The brand new $145.7-million stadium, renamed Hamilton Pan Am Soccer

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Ottawa’s newest landmark takes first place for CDBI

October 12, 2012 Submitted by Canadian Construction Association (CCA)

St. John’s, Nfld. – The Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) announced today the winners of its 10th Award of Excellence in design-build at the 2012 National Design-Build Conference, held this year from October 11-12 in St. John’s, Nfld. The 2012 Award

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RFQ issued for Toronto public health laboratory

October 12, 2012 On-Site staff

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has issued a request for qualifications for the construction of Public Health Ontario’s (PHO) Toronto public health laboratory at MaRS Centre Phase 2, located in the city’s Discovery District. The facility will be designed as a flexible

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Construction companies make Top 100 employers list for 2013

October 10, 2012 On-Site staff

Four construction companies made the cut to Canada’s Top 100 Employers list for 2013. Aecon Group Inc., EllisDon Corporation, Ledcor Group of Companies and PCL Constructors Inc. all made top 100 list for next year. Each company was graded on

Telus House Toronto at 25 York St. in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Menkes Devleopment Ltd.
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Telus House Toronto earns LEED Platinum

October 10, 2012 On-Site staff

Telus House Toronto continued to build on its collection of awards and certifications with its recent achievement of LEED Platinum certification in the LEED for Existing Buildings (EB): Operations and Maintenance category. The 781,236 sq. ft., downtown commercial building is

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Building permits climb in August

October 5, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, construction intentions jumped 7.9 per cent to an overall value of $7.3 billion in the month of August after dropping 2.8 per cent in July. The increase was fuelled by a 25.2-per cent

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Construction employment up in September

October 5, 2012 On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, employment in the construction sector was up 2.3 per cent, or 28,800 jobs in September when compared to the previous month. Over the 12-month period from September 2011 to September 2012, employment within

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VIDEO: Montreal suspends $75M in contracts following corruption allegations

October 4, 2012 On-Site staff

The City of Montreal has suspended approximately $75 million in new infrastructure contracts to allow the provincial government time to make changes to Bill 35, the law that states how public contracts are awarded, according to a recent CBC News

Aerial view of the Earth Rangers Centre. Photo courtesy of Earth Rangers.
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Earth Rangers Centre goes platinum

October 3, 2012 On-Site staff

The Earth Rangers have gone from gold to platinum, after being awarded LEED Platinum certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), through the LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) green building rating system for its Earth Rangers Centre in Woodbridge, Ont.