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B.C.’s construction labour demands require mobility and training

March 9, 2012 Andrew Snook

The construction industry’s skilled workforce in B.C. may be migrating north to meet labour demands in the near future. A recent study by the Construction Sector Council (CSC) titled, Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for British Columbia,

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Request for RFQs for Providence Care Hospital underway

March 7, 2012 Andrew Snook

The request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the new Providence Care Hospital has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care in Kingston, Ont. The hospital will house Providence Care’s rehabilitation, complex continuing care, specialized geriatrics,

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Strongco expanding in Alberta

March 6, 2012 Andrew Snook

Strongco Corporation will be expanding its presence in northern Alberta. The company is planning on building a new branch in Fort McMurray, Alta. It has already entered into a contract to buy six acres of land in the city. Strongco

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KPMG Global Construction Survey: P3s most likely to focus on energy and transportation

March 5, 2012 Andrew Snook

The KPMG Global Construction Survey report for 2012 titled, The great global infrastructure opportunity, is now available online. The 44-page report surveyed 161 engineering and construction companies with revenues ranging from US$250 million to more than US$5 billion. A few

Jason Kenney gave a keynote speech at the National Metropolis Conference on Thursday, March 1, in Toronto, Ont. where he spoke about proposed reforms to speed up the processing of people looking to immigrate to Canada as skilled workers.
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CCA supports Kenney’s proposed immigration reforms to address labour shortages

March 2, 2012 Andrew Snook

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Jason Kenney gave a keynote speech addressing labour shortages that hit the nail on the head for the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). While giving his keynote address to the National Metropolis Conference in Toronto,

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SNC-Lavalin and Aecon awarded $600M contract at Darlington Generating Station

March 2, 2012 Andrew Snook

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and Aecon Group Inc. have roughly 600 million reasons to be happy about their recent joint venture for work on the Darlington Generating Station. The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) awarded the two companies a contract valued at

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John Deere teams up with Topcon

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

John Deere’s Construction & Forestry division announced it has formed an alliance with Topcon Positioning Systems. The deal will allow John Deere to sell, support and factory-install Topcon’s 3D-MC2 grade control solutions on its dozers and motor graders. John Deere

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NEB gives go-ahead for $324M Northwest Mainline Expansion Project

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The National Energy Board recently gave NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) the green light for the Northwest Mainline Expansion Project. The $324-million project will comprise of the building and operation of three natural gas pipeline loops in northeast B.C. and

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CDAO has “grave concerns” about Ontario’s infrastructure funding cancellation

February 29, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) is disturbed by comments made by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Association conference on Monday, Feb. 27. He stated that billions of dollars earmarked for

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Record employment growth for Saskatchewan’s construction industry

February 27, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of Saskatchewan is currently experiencing strong levels of construction employment growth, but a recent forecast released by the Construction Sector Council (CSC) states that its construction industry will be facing labour shortage challenges over the next decade that

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Ontario facing future shortages in skilled tradespeople

February 27, 2012 Andrew Snook

Ontario needs more tradespeople. That’s the message coming from the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS). A recent OCS survey and found 26 per cent of Ontario’s contractors expect to see a decrease in the number of skilled construction tradespeople available in

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Construction leaders to highlight labour supply and demand forecast in Saskatchewan

February 25, 2012 Andrew Snook

On Monday, Feb. 27, construction industry leaders will release highlights from a forecast of labour supply and demand in Saskatchewan. The Construction Sector Council, with help from several other industries, has prepared a report titled, Construction Looking Forward: An assessment

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Canadian construction companies top 2011 American equipment export list

February 24, 2012 Andrew Snook

Canadian construction companies were buying American in 2011, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM recently released the top-10 countries the U.S. exported construction equipment to in 2011, and Canada topped the list with purchases totalling $7.2

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Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp. enters Canadian market

February 23, 2012 Andrew Snook

Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp. has created a Canadian branch of its business called Trinity Builders and General Contractors, ULC. The Wilmington, Mass.-based firm recently announced its decision to expand into Canada, which Trinity vice-president of business development Paul

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ecoTECH Energy prepares for site construction of eco-industrial complex in BC

February 23, 2012 On-Site

In preparation for what will be one of the most advanced complexes of its type in North America, ecoTECH Energy Group, Inc.has begun to clear the McBride, B.C. Lamming Mills site for its Aquaponics and Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

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Maple-Reinders named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

February 22, 2012 Andrew Snook

Maple Reinders Group Ltd. has made Canada’s top-50 list once again. The Mississauga, Ont.-based, design-build and construction management firm was named as one the 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in the Greater Toronto Area. The company specializes in industrial,

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CDAO applauds Drummond Report

February 22, 2012 Andrew Snook

While Ontarians are experiencing a mixed reaction to the Drummond Report, the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) has welcomed the report with open arms. Joe Accardi, chair of the CDAO, stated that his organization believes the Drummond Report

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URS to purchase Flint Energy Services for $1.25B

February 21, 2012 Andrew Snook

The URS Corporation is expanding its presence in the North American oil and gas industry. The San Francisco-based engineering and construction company announced today that it will acquire Flint Energy Services Ltd. for $1.25 billion, or $25 per share. Flint

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Dexter Construction wins $16.8M contract for Highway 104 near Antigonish, N.S.

February 17, 2012 Andrew Snook

Dexter Construction, the construction arm of the Municipal Group of Companies, located in Bedford, N.S., has been awarded a $16,750,533 contract for work on Highway 104, near the Town of Antigonish, N.S. The project is an eight-kilometre stretch of Highway

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B.C. invests $6M in Highway 3 and awards Dawson Creek bridge tender

February 16, 2012 Andrew Snook

The province of B.C. recently announced it would invest $6 million to resurface a section of Highway 3 between Hope and Nicolum Creek Bridge. The project will be completed in two sections; the first part will be a 6.6-km stretch