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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

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VIDEO: Canadian Joe Murray excavates his basement with R/C earthmovers in just nine years

February 15, 2012 news.com.au

The next time someone tells you to do something constructive with your spare time, you might like to take a leaf from Joe Murray’s book – and, er, do something constructive. For the past nine years, Joe has supervised a

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Ontario College of Trades releases schedule and process for apprenticeship ratio reviews

February 15, 2012 On-Site

The Ontario College of Trades will begin the review of apprenticeship ratios shortly. The College is mandated to do so every four years under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. These reviews signal the College’s commitment to

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$14M in improvements to highways near Vernon, B.C.

February 15, 2012 Andrew Snook

Two highways near Vernon, B.C. will receive upgrades to the tune of approximately $14 million this summer. In Coldstream, B.C., about 2.2 km of Highway 6 is going to be realigned between Grey Road and Ricardo Road. The upgrades will

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Feds iron out $55M investment for new dock in Port of Sept-les

February 15, 2012 Andrew Snook

The federal government has agreed to invest upwards of $55 million to assist in the construction of a new multi-user dock in the Port of Sept-Îles, Que. The deep-water dock will be used for shipping iron ore from mines in

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New Edmonton International Airport terminal open for business

February 13, 2012 Andrew Snook

Edmonton International Airport’s (EIA) new terminal expansion for travellers flying to the U.S. officially opened on Feb. 11. The 41,340-sq.-metre terminal expansion was built to accommodate record growth for U.S. travel at the EIA. The terminal was designed and built by

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CAWIC launches online career centre and mentorship program

February 11, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) made an announcement on Feb. 10, regarding increased benefits for members. Two of the benefits were an online self-service career centre and a new mentorship program. The self-service career centre offers CAWIC

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PCL partners with Red Cross

February 10, 2012 Andrew Snook

In events held simultaneously in Denver, CO and Edmonton, Alta., the PCL family of companies announced partnerships with the American and Canadian Red Cross on Feb. 9. PCL has offered $600,000 worth of disaster relief services in Canada and the

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Pomerleau wins $38M bid for Westmount Recreation Centre

February 9, 2012 Andrew Snook

Pomerleau Inc. has been awarded a design-build contract from the City of Westmount for the construction of its new recreation centre. The cost of the project is $38 million, with Pomerleau’s design-build contract coming in at a cost of $33.5

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Building permits up 11.1 per cent in December

February 7, 2012 Andrew Snook

Building permit values hit their highest level since June 2007, with municipalities issuing $6.8 billion worth of permits in December, an 11.1-per cent increase from November. According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, the jump in permit values was largely