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Maple Leaf spending $660M to build new London, Ont. plant; construction to start next spring

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction of a sprawling new poultry plant in London, Ont. is set to get underway in spring 2019. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said Nov. 27 it will spend $660 million to build a new 640,000 sq. ft. facility in

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Governments put up $33.6M for next phase of downtown Regina renewal project

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

REGINA—The second phase of a project to breathe new life into downtown Regina is moving ahead with $33.6 million in joint funding from the federal, provincial and city governments. Known as the Railyard Renewal Project, the infrastructure work includes overhauling

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On-Site Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

November 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest has come to a close. Click here to view the winning shot, submitted Taggart Construction Ltd. We thank all entrants for their submissions and encourage builders from across the country to hold onto the

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OPG sells Toronto’s Hearn power plant for $16M, sets off debate over value of waterfront site

November 26, 2018 Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Critics are calling for an independent appraisal of a decommissioned Ontario Power Generation plant on Toronto’s waterfront after they say the site was sold for far less than it appears to be worth. The Opposition New Democrats say something “smells

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Clark tapped to take over Alberta hospital project after Graham, province go their separate ways

November 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

The Grande Prairie hospital site became a battleground this summer as delays and cost overruns threatened the project

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Planned multibillion-dollar Ontario high-speed rail project facing fresh Tory scrutiny

November 21, 2018 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is considering alternatives to a planned multibillion-dollar high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor, with the government saying it wants to ensure the region gets served by a mode of transportation best suited to its needs. An ongoing environmental

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UPS spending $200M to build major new package hub outside Toronto

November 21, 2018 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—United Parcel Service Inc. is committing $200 million to build a new operations hub for small packages in Caledon, Ont. UPS said construction on the 850,000 sq. ft. facility northwest of Toronto is already underway, though it refused to

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Penn-Co Construction wins $190M deal to build four new Manitoba schools, upgrade another

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

WINNIPEG—A Manitoba construction company has won a consolidated contract with several First Nations in the northern part of the province for work upgrading and building new schools. Under the $190 million contract, Blumenort, Man.-based Penn-Co Construction Canada Ltd. will oversee

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Alberta commits $600M to spur construction of petrochemical projects

November 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is expanding a royalty credit program to support petrochemical upgrading. Premier Rachel Notley says the province is adding $600 million to promote upgrading projects that she says will create jobs and boost the economy. A total of

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Four firms split contracts for $23.1M of work on Alaska Highway in B.C.

November 20, 2018 On-Site Staff

FORT NELSON, B.C.—The federal government has handed down four construction contracts for work on the Alaska Highway to companies from Alberta and British Columbia. The scope of work covers mainly a 33-kilometre stretch of the remote 2,500-kilometre route that connects

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Sicamous, B.C. bridge replacement receives $225M in federal, provincial funding

November 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SICAMOUS, B.C.—A project to replace the aging R.W. Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous, B.C. is one step closer to completion. The federal and provincial governments announced $224.5 million in joint funding Nov. 16 to swap out the more than 50-year-old structure

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Tallest Canadian tower outside Toronto topped off in Edmonton

November 16, 2018 by David Kennedy

After three years of construction, the building has reached its full height, eclisping anything currently in Calgary, Vancouver or Montreal

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Calgary votes ‘no’ to bidding for 2026 Olympics, squashing plans to construct new venues, revitalize infrastructure

November 14, 2018 Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is destined to die after the majority of residents voted ‘no’ in a non-binding referendum. In a plebiscite asking citizens if they want to host a Winter Games again

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Construction workers among most vulnerable to opioid-related deaths in B.C.: study

November 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Construction workers in British Columbia are facing the fatal consequences of a “drug overdose crisis.” According to a Nov. 13 report by Statistics Canada, nearly 25 per cent of those employed in B.C. prior to a fatal overdose worked in

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Keystone XL pipeline hits another hitch as U.S. judge blocks construction

November 9, 2018 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—The Canadian proponent of the $10-billion Keystone XL crude pipeline says it remains committed to the project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review. The company has received the judge’s ruling and is reviewing

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Contractors break ground on new $500M National Bank headquarters

November 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction is underway on the largest office tower to go up in Montreal in a quarter century. National Bank, which announced plans to build the new 40-storey tower earlier this year, held an official groundbreaking at the site on Saint-Jacques

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Construction groups launch survey to learn what keeps tradespeople satisfied

November 8, 2018 Residential Construction Council of Ontario

With almost 90,000 Ontario construction workers set to retire in the next 10 years, a group representing the province’s residential builders has sprung to action, launching a survey to learn what satisfies trades professionals day-to-day as they build the province

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Stuart Olson buys Alberta industrial maintenance, construction firm Tartan for $12M

November 7, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. is expanding its reach in the industrial maintenance, construction and plant turnaround business. The Canadian contractor said Nov. 7 it has acquired Calgary-based Tartan Canada Corp. for approximately $12 million. The company, which primarily serves clients in

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Imperial Oil going ahead with $2.6B Aspen oilsands project, will create 700 jobs at peak construction

November 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project. Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022. The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.,

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$2.6B Edmonton LRT project has green light as province steps aboard

November 2, 2018 by David Kennedy

The western leg of the city’s Valley Line will stretch 14 kilometres. Procurement will get underway shortly, with construction likely starting by 2020 or before