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Water infrastructure firm wins $17M contract to upgrade treatment plant in Port Alberni, B.C.

September 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

PORT ALBERNI, B.C.—A Vancouver Island city of approximately 18,000 has awarded the main construction contract that will kick-start work on significant upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. Port Alberni, B.C. said last week it will pay Tritech Group $17.1 million

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Labour-hungry construction industry puzzled over report of significant job losses

September 10, 2018 Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada said the sector shed thousands of jobs last month, running counter to stories of contractors scrounging to find workers

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Construction industry to face higher rates of worker shortages, sluggish sales: study

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Canada’s construction industry is one of a few sectors to be hit hardest by a decade of labour shortages and lower margins, according to a study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The study of small- and mid-size businesses

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Is your job site ready for recreational cannabis?

September 4, 2018 Laura Brazil and Paola Ramirez, McMillan LLP

Many contractors fear marijuana legalization will lead to increased impairment on construction sites. Here’s what you need to know to prepare

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Make robots pay taxes? Feds mull ways to adapt to job site automation, ‘gig’ economy

September 4, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Construction is one of the five industries most vulnerable to evolving technology, top federal officials have been told

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Workers and construction companies left in limbo after Trans Mountain pipeline ruling

September 1, 2018 Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

Workers and companies who were set to be employed on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion have been left wondering where they stand as construction on the project begins to shut down. Ryan Bruce, director of government and public relations for

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Construction sector loses ground in June after strong showing in May

August 31, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Canada’s construction industry endured a small decline in June after posting a strong 1.0 per cent gain the month before. Statistics Canada said the sector edged down 0.2 per cent during the final month of the second quarter, led by

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Ottawa vows to push ahead with Trans Mountain construction after ruling leaves pipeline in limbo

August 31, 2018 Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Opponents cheered the court decision, but business groups, including contractor associations, said the halt will hurt workers and stifle investment in Canada

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N.S. spaceport project still on track for spring construction start as province seeks more info

August 29, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The head of a firm hoping to open Canada’s only commercial spaceport near the small community of Canso, N.S says they remain on schedule for a slated first satellite launch in 2021, despite environmental concerns raised by the government. Documents

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Infrastructure Bank makes first investment, loaning Montreal REM project $1.3B

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—The Canada Infrastructure Bank has announced its first, long awaited investment, awarding a $1.28 billion loan to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. Part of the federal Liberal government’s infrastructure plan unveiled in 2016,

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Cranespotting: Toronto tops North American rivals

August 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The skyline of Canada’s most populous city has changed dramatically over the past decade. With tower cranes spread along Toronto’s waterfront, across its ever-expanding core and north along Yonge Street, it’s poised to keep evolving. According to the the latest

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Kinshoffer drum cutters offer efficiency, power

August 20, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

The WS drum cutter series from Kinshoffer is designed for mining, tunneling, road construction and demolition. The cutters feature a pick angle and chisel arrangement. Four chisel tips are available to attach to the wear pick: standard, heavy-duty, wear-protected and

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NEB allows Trans Mountain to begin construction on parts of pipeline expansion

August 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The National Energy Board says Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC can start construction on sections of its pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia. The NEB says in a statement that Trans Mountain has met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for

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Construction starts on new $30.1M Regina transit maintenance facility

August 17, 2018 by David Kennedy

REGINA—Work is underway on a new bus maintenance facility in Saskatchewan’s capital after an official groundbreaking Aug. 14. Regina Mayor Michael Fougere was joined by Ralph Goodale, the federal minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and provincial Minister of

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Quebec’s infamous ‘Mr. Three Per Cent’ dies at 79

August 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Bernard Trepanier, a former political fundraiser in Montreal and a central figure during Quebec’s public inquiry into corruption in the construction sector, died Aug. 15, his lawyer said. Trepanier was infamously nicknamed “Mr. Three Per Cent” by witnesses at the

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EllisDon closes $1.2B deal to build new Toronto hospital

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction on a major hospital project on Toronto’s west end is set to get underway. Contractor EllisDon said Aug. 14 it has finalized a $1.2 billion contract with Infrastructure Ontario for work on the West Park Healthcare Centre. It

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Construction of first Canadian pumped hydro station built since 1950s planned for next year

August 15, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A hydro power storage project proposed at the site of one of the worst coal mining environmental disasters in Canada has been given regulatory approval. Turning Point Generation, developer of the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, says the

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Construction employment falls by 12,000 in July, but remains up year-over-year

August 13, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The number of construction jobs coast to coast declined in July even as employment in the overall Canadian economy ticked up. According to Statistics Canada, employment in the construction industry dipped by 12,000, or about 0.8 per cent, over the

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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From the editor… Cut Ottawa some slack

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Slagging slow-moving government projects and the lumbering Ottawa bureaucracy is a treasured Canadian pastime. I’m far from an exception, and enjoy heaping some well-deserved blame on Parliament Hill as often as it has it coming. Occasionally though, I’m willing to