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EllisDon teams up with investment firm Fiera Capital on P3 projects

February 6, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Asset management firm Fiera Capital Corp. and contractor EllisDon have formed a new partnership to work together on a series of Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The long-term agreement, signed last October but disclosed Jan. 29, covers a portfolio of nearly

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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Chandos Construction establishes Toronto leadership team as part of continued expansion

February 4, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Several months after promoting a pair of internal executives to its top leadership and beginning an expansion into British Columbia and Ontario, Chandos Construction Ltd. has shored up its ranks in Canada’s most populous city. The Alberta-based contractor said Feb.

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Hopes melt for ice bridge at Dawson City, Yukon, as territory ends project

February 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

DAWSON CITY, Yukon—The Yukon government is pulling out of a project to build an ice bridge across the Yukon River that would have provided a winter-time connection between Dawson City and the little suburb of West Dawson. A snowcat broke

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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PCL taps Toronto district chief to lead Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure unit

February 1, 2019 On-Site Staff

Toronto—PCL Construction has tapped veteran Todd Craigen to lead the company’s Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure as the unit’s new president. Formerly a senior vice-president and district manager for the Greater Toronto Area, Craigen will take over for recently-retired

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SNC-Lavalin mulls retreat from Saudi Arabia amid deepening diplomatic row

January 30, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL —The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting business and forcing the company to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to their lowest

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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Products making a splash at World of Concrete 2019

January 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

North American construction is still going strong. World of Concrete 2019 was the annual event’s largest since the 2008 recession dented industry sentiment more than a decade ago. Spread across three full halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center, plus

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Reported mobster, real estate developer shot dead in Montreal

January 25, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A real estate developer known for his ties to the Montreal Mafia was shot dead Jan. 24. Tony Magi, who survived a brazen rush-hour murder attempt in 2008, was the victim of Montreal’s first homicide, a well-placed source confirmed to

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Looking down: Toronto remains comfortably on top in latest North American construction crane count

January 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

A voracious appetite for new towers has allowed Toronto to extend its lead over its North American rivals in the key construction indicator

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Business association hands out mock red tape ‘award’ to B.C. for union rules on public construction projects

January 24, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—British Columbia’s new framework for public infrastructure projects made the list of egregious regulatory restrictions across the country in the Canadian Federal of Independent Businesses annual ‘Paperweights.’ The Community Benefits Agreement, which requires construction firms working on provincial infrastructure projects

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Building investment dips in November with declines in majority of provinces

January 23, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Investment in building construction dipped in November, with both residential and non-residential sector taking a more than two per cent hit to $11.6 billion. In the non-residential sector, investment decreased 1.6 per cent to $4.3 billion, largely due to declines

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Alberta government to partially backstop construction of $2 billion bitumen upgrader

January 23, 2019 Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Alberta government is providing a $440-million loan guarantee to help a Calgary-based company build a bitumen upgrader east of Edmonton. Value Creation Inc. says it’s ready to break ground on the $2-billion upgrader that would convert more than 77,000

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Payback: U.K. construction worker wrecks hotel lobby with mini excavator in viral video

January 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LIVERPOOL, England—A disgruntled worker wrecked the lobby of an under-construction hotel with a mini excavator Jan. 21 after his paycheque came up short. In a viral video, the worker can be seen ramming through the front entrance of a Travelodge

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Alberta unveils first construction project under $1.6B plan to upgrade heavy load road network

January 21, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

ACHESON, Alta.—Weeks after the heaviest-ever splitter began its four-day journey across Alberta’s roads, the province unveiled the first construction project under its $1.6 billion plan to upgrade its High Load Corridor — a network of highways designed to withstand huge

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Ontario proposes changing Toronto-area growth plan, a move that would shake up construction

January 16, 2019 Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is proposing changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s growth plan that the government says would make it easier and faster to build housing. The government says the changes would come while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, an area designated

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Construction of $1.4B Calgary Cancer Centre on time, on budget as below-grade work continues

January 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—With four cranes overhead and 300 workers on-site, the largest infrastructure project in Alberta has begun taking shape. PCL Constructors Inc., which is overseeing the build, remains on time and on budget, according to the province’s Infrastructure ministry. Work began

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Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

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Deal reached in northern B.C. pipeline impasse, allowing crews access to job site

January 11, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory. Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told