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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

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SNC-Lavalin delays decision on whether to opt for judge or jury in corruption trial until June 28

June 7, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for

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Edmonton shortlists three construction teams for $2.6B Valley Line West LRT

June 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The procurement battle for one of the largest transit infrastructure projects in the country is down to three consortia. The City of Edmonton released a three-team shortlist for the approximately $2.6 billion Valley Line West LRT project June 5. The

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Rival all-Alberta Indigenous coalition sets sights on Trans Mountain pipeline

June 6, 2019 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Indigenous competition for the right to buy an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline system is heating up, with an Alberta group announcing June 5 it intends to assemble a province-wide coalition of supporters. Iron Coalition said it has

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SNC-Lavalin encouraged to overhaul business model, sell off Canadian construction operations

June 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Faced with steep legal challenges, one financial analyst says the company should divest its Infrastructure unit and refocus entirely on engineering and other services

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Bird Construction shuffles top leadership, McKibbon to take over as president and CEO

June 5, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Bird Construction Inc. is shaking up its top leadership, appointing industry veteran Terrance McKibbon as its next president and CEO. McKibbon, who spent more than 20 years at Aecon Group Inc. before joining Bird as chief operating officer in 2017,

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Canada’s Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2019 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here. Or, to read through the entire 2019 Top Contractors issue, click here.

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Ottawa, Quebec announce $500M for reconstruction of Canada’s longest highway tunnel

June 4, 2019 Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. “We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe

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Liberals postpone policy update that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid ban from federal business

June 3, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has postponed a long-awaited update to Canada’s corporate-misconduct provisions, including changes that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid being barred from lucrative federal contracts. The government wants more time to study how it will modernize its so-called “integrity regime”

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Ottawa investing $47M to increase capacity at the Port of Halifax

June 3, 2019 Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Port of Halifax is getting $47.5 million from Ottawa to boost its capacity to handle goods, but the big news for most residents will be the resulting reduction in container truck traffic in the downtown core — a noisy,

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Ontario plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach impasse

June 3, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Projects underway across the province could face disruptions. Talks to reach a resolution are ongoing

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Quebec City port authority plans to build $775M container terminal with two big-name partners

June 3, 2019 On-Site Staff

QUEBEC CITY—The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) has signed a long-term deal with CN Rail and global port operator Hutchison Ports to develop a major container terminal in Quebec City. The $775 million project is still being reviewed by the Canadian

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Infrastructure Bank commits $2B to Ontario GO Transit expansion as province issues RFP to four bidders

June 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

The multibillion-dollar expansion aims to modernize the Toronto area’s regional rail network through a series of new construction projects and upgrades

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Younger generation gets chance to try out construction trades as industry stares down labour shortage

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—For three days earlier this month, thousands of Ottawa-area students got to try their hands at everything from real-life glass cutting and soldering to welding in virtual reality. Future Building 2019 rolled through the EY Centre in the Canadian capital

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Developer Brivia looks to lay claim to tallest residential tower in Montreal with 61-storey, $400M project

May 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

MONTREAL—A real estate development firm with several completed projects under its belt and a couple more in progress is setting its sights higher. Brivia Group announced plans May 30 for a 61-storey tower near Phillips Square in downtown Montreal. If

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12,000 Ontario plumbers, steamfitters on standby to strike, threatening construction work in province

May 29, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WHITBY, Ont.—Plumbers and steamfitters are prepared to hit the picket lines May 31 in what would be the sector’s first work stoppage in more than three decades. The imminent strike of 12,000 trades workers could threaten to shake up ongoing

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Casino and condos are out, but plenty on the table as province looks to redevelop Toronto’s Ontario Place

May 29, 2019 Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has ruled out a casino and condos at the site of Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront as it issues a call for development proposals, but the future of the park’s iconic Cinesphere is in question. Michael Tibollo, the minister

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Court rules B.C. can’t limit oil shipments in major blow for pipeline fight

May 28, 2019 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—British Columbia lost the largest tool in its toolbox to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with a court decision last week that concluded it can’t restrict oil shipments through its borders. The unanimous ruling from the B.C. Court of

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Construction of $125 million hydroelectric generating station in northern Quebec slated for 2020

May 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Partners of the Innavik project inked an agreement May 27 to build a $125 million hydroelectric generation station in one of Quebec’s northernmost, diesel-fueled communities. Hydro-Québec, Pituvik Landholding Corporation and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. say the 7.5-megawatt station on the