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Alberta commits $50M to improvements along Hwy. 881

March 25, 2020 On-Site Staff

Alberta has set aside $50 million for a road improvement project on a stretch of highway between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta. The province said the construction work will add passing lanes, a new rest area and improve intersections on

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Few approved oilsands projects stand to be built in near term: analysts

March 7, 2020 Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—There are dozens of approved oilsands projects that could be built in the wake of the shelving of the Frontier oilsands mine this week but analysts say they won’t be built until more export pipeline capacity comes online. The application

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From the editor… A disconcerting lack of vision

February 21, 2020 by David Kennedy

When engineers in Toronto were laying out plans for the Prince Edward Viaduct in the early 1910s, the subway line that would eventually carry trains along the lower deck of the bridge was little more than a far-flung possibility. For

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Fluor, Kiewit win multibillion-dollar contract to build new petrochemical facility outside Edmonton

January 8, 2020 On-Site Staff

The Canadian and Kuwaiti companies developing a new multibillion-dollar petrochemical facility in Alberta have awarded a lump sum construction contract to a 50/50 partnership between Fluor Canada Ltd. and Kiewit Construction Services ULC. Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. and Petrochemical Industries

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Ontario auditor general to probe Hamilton light rail costs as questions about cancellation linger

December 27, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s auditor general will investigate the “reasonableness” of government cost estimates for Hamilton’s now cancelled light-rail line, as questions remain about the figures used to justify scrapping the transit project. Bonnie Lysyk said Dec. 20 she will probe the estimates

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2020 Construction Forecast: Positive momentum to continue, but industry needs to embrace change

December 18, 2019 David Kennedy

A steady stream of building projects in most regions of Canada, and particularly within its big urban centres, have kept the construction industry busy through the second half of 2019. Though concerns about how long growth can continue persist, much

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Toronto signs onto province’s nearly $30B GTA transit construction plan

October 30, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO— The City of Toronto and the province of Ontario have endorsed a unified plan for building four new or extended subway lines in Toronto, ending a months-long standoff over the future of the city’s transit system. City council voted

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Liberals return with a minority government in Election 2019

October 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA— With results still trickling in early Tuesday, the Liberals had 156 seats- 14 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons. Trudeau, whose Liberals entered the campaign with 177 seats, will need the

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Ontario drops plan to upload Toronto subway as city supports Ford plan

October 18, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO— Ontario has dropped its bid to take control of Toronto’s subway system, the province announced Wednesday as city staff recommended support for a key part of Premier Doug Ford’s transit plan. This follows federal PC candidate, Andrew Scheer’s pledge of

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Scheer pledges federal support for Toronto’s Ontario Line and Yonge Subway Extension

October 10, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO—Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced his party’s commitment to financially support two proposed Toronto Transit Commission expansion projects Oct. 8. Scheer was joined by Markham mayor, Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill mayor, David Barrow when he announced his commitment

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Rising waters: Canadian communities counter worsening storms with fresh infrastructure work

October 9, 2019 Saul Chernos

When it rains in Canada these days, it pours. Just six years ago, torrential rains dumped multiple summers worth of rain on parts of southern Alberta in just 48 hours. Mudslides closed sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and damage to

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Amazon planning sprawling new warehouse in Toronto

September 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Amazon is continuing its rapid scale-up of warehouse operations in Ontario with a new fulfillment centre on the east end of Toronto. The U.S. online retail giant said last week it’s planning to build a new one million sq. ft.

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Scheer pledges to scrap Infrastructure Bank if elected, accuses Liberals of botching spending

September 30, 2019 The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C.—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to prioritize infrastructure spending on projects intended to cut commuting times. Among the projects he pledged federal dollars towards in a campaign stop last week are the George Massey tunnel replacement project in

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Feds backing construction of new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg airport with $30.4M in funding

September 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

WINNIPEG—Construction of a new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is poised to get off the ground with tens of millions in backing from the federal government. Ottawa late last week it plans to spend $30.4 million

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Feds spending $153.7M on new bridge, rail infrastructure and port facilities in Prince Rupert, B.C.

September 10, 2019 On-Site Staff

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.—Three infrastructure projects on Canada’s West Coast, worth a combined $311 million, are getting a significant boost from Ottawa’s National Trade Corridors Fund. The federal government said Sept. 5 it has approved $153.7 million in funding for work

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Ontario proposes deal to build $126M French language university

September 9, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has secured half of the funding for a proposed French-language university, the Progressive Conservative government said last week as it invited Ottawa to come up with the other half. The project would cost $126 million and take eight years

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Three tiers of government set aside $240M for 15 water infrastructure projects across B.C.

August 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—Federal, provincial and local governments are prying open their wallets to fund a series of 15 water and wastewater projects across British Columbia. At an announcement in West Vancouver Aug. 27, politicians from all levels of government said they had

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Saskatchewan First Nation, province face off over lack of airstrip funding after fatal crash

August 24, 2019 Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

The chief of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation accused the province of abandoning a commitment to improving its airport while funding similar upgrades in Moose Jaw. The province said the First Nation did not complete its application

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Getting on track: Urban transit projects roar to life, creating opportunity for Canada’s construction sector

August 21, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Working in tandem along a stretch of highway in Montreal, a pair of launching gantry cranes hoist 50-ton concrete segments into the air off flatbeds below. The gantries slide the prefabricated segments into place, steadily forming a single 30-metre span

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Infrastructure Bank to work with Port of Montreal on financing new terminal

August 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has pledged to work with the Montreal Port Authority on financing for a new container terminal in Contrecoeur, just downriver from the Montreal city limits. The crown corporation said it signed a memorandum of understanding