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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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Mandatory adjudication: What Ontario can expect based on the U.K. experience

August 13, 2019 Robert Wilson and Marie-Ève Caissy

On October 1st, Ontario will implement the final phase of extensive amendments to modernize and update its Construction Act. Among the most significant of these amendments is the implementation of a mandatory dispute adjudication system that allows parties to refer

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Firming in the construction insurance market

August 13, 2019 David Bowcott

To manage risk, you and your company draw on two key risk management areas. The first is the use of risk controls and other solutions that prevent and mitigate risk. The second is risk finance solutions, which provide capital in

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PCL consortium wins $1.5B contract to rebuild four-tower government complex in Toronto

August 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Infrastructure Ontario has awarded a contract for a major reconstruction project in downtown Toronto to a construction group led by Fengate Asset Management and PCL Constructors Inc. The government agency said Aug. 9 the Fengate PCL Progress Partners consortium will

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Stuart Olson reports another tough quarter, but expects rebound in second half of 2019

August 8, 2019 On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. reported its second quarter financials Aug. 7, with results slipping nearly across the board. The Alberta-based contractor generated revenue of $239.5 million over the three month period, versus $249.3 million in the same quarter of 2018. It

Finning, IronPlant join forces in heavy equipment auction wars
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Finning optimism rises on better than expected oilsands, construction markets

August 7, 2019 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

Surprising strength in western Canadian oilsands and construction markets along with rising interest in driverless mining trucks and a tax cut in Alberta are fuelling optimism for Finning International Inc. The Vancouver-based heavy equipment dealer credited sales and service growth

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B.C. court deals blow to proposed B.C. ski resort as construction ramp-up seen as inadequate

August 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A controversial ski resort proposed in southeastern British Columbia is facing a new challenge after the province’s highest court ruled its environmental assessment certificate is invalid. The B.C. Court of Appeal says the environment minister reasonably concluded that the provincial

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Multimillion-dollar facelift planned for Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, adjoining infrastructure

August 7, 2019 Neil Davidson

TORONTO—While the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors gear up for next season, Scotiabank Arena is getting a multimillion-dollar facelift. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president and CEO Michael Friisdahl calls it a “reimagination” of the venue that opened in February

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Construction starts on final phase of Autoroute 85 in eastern Quebec, costs total $942.9M

August 7, 2019 On-Site Staff

SAINT-ANTONIN, Que.—Work on the third and final phase of Autoroute 85 is underway in eastern Quebec, not far from the New Brunswick border. Construction on the $942.9 million highway project got underway Aug. 6, according to Ottawa, which has committed

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New health centre, school, nursing home to be built in Cape Breton, premier says

August 6, 2019 The Canadian Press

NEW WATERFORD, N.S.—Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has announced a new community health centre, school and nursing home will be built on a single site in the Cape Breton community of New Waterford. The facilities will be built on the

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EllisDon, PCL consortia shortlisted for Halifax infirmary expansion

August 3, 2019 On-Site Staff

HALIFAX—Just two build teams will compete for a major hospital expansion project in downtown Halifax. The Nova Scotia department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal announced last week that EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare and Plenary PCL Health have qualified to bid for

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Graham ramping up work on $267M, four-tower mixed-use development in Richmond, B.C.

August 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—After tearing down a strip mall that once stood on the northeast corner of Cook Road and No. 3 Road in Richmond, B.C., Graham Group Ltd. has begun building a new four-tower development in the Metro Vancouver city. Known as

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SNC-Lavalin blames construction cost overruns as it posts $2.1B loss, slashes dividend

August 1, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. delivered more harsh news to investors Aug. 1, cutting its quarterly dividend by 80 per cent as the troubled engineering giant grappled with a $2.12-billion net loss in its second quarter and a stock price that hit

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Work starts on major Ontario rail project that requires tunnelling under 21 lanes of Hwy. 401 interchange

July 31, 2019 David Kennedy

The new twin tunnels will extend approximately 175 metres under the packed Toronto highway, helping GO Transit increase capacity on its Kitchener line

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Construction of new NHL arena for Calgary Flames to start in 2021 as city council approves $550M deal

July 31, 2019 Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Calgary is going to build a new arena for its NHL team despite financial challenges facing the city. Council voted 11-4 July 30 approving a financial agreement with the owners of the Calgary Flames to build an event centre and

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Govan Brown names Joseph Kirk as president in charge of Canada-wide operations

July 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Construction firm Govan Brown has named a new president to take control of its operations across Canada. The Toronto-based general contractor, which focuses mainly on interiors, said July 30 that Joseph Kirk has been tapped as the company’s new president.

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Aecon poised to gain from SNC-Lavalin’s retreat from world of builders

July 29, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

With its own roster of builders, Aecon’s CEO said the company is better positioned to deliver fixed-price contracts than those relying heavily on contractors

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Major stretch of Yukon’s North Klondike Highway to be upgraded as part of $157M construction job

July 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

WHITEHORSE—A major project to upgrade about 100 kilometres of road and replace several bridges along the North Klondike Highway is moving forward with multimillion-dollar investments from the federal and Yukon governments. Ottawa said July 24 it has assigned $118.2 million

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Aecon tops expectations with higher earnings, revenue in second quarter

July 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. reported results from a “strong” second quarter July 26 with year-over-year increases in both revenue and earnings. The Toronto-based contractor said it booked revenues of $867 million for Q2 2019, up 15 per cent from the same

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Work on $100M condo development in Kelowna, B.C. slated to start next year

July 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

KELOWNA, B.C.—A development company based in the Okanagan has released plans to build a major new condo development in the increasingly retirement-focused city of Kelowna, B.C. Ariva Resorts, said earlier this week it plans to put shovels in the ground