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N.L. premier defends decision to trudge forward on Muskrat Falls megaproject

July 4, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier says the joy of his 2015 election victory was short-lived as he began to realize the dire financial situation brought on by the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject’s runaway costs. Liberal Premier Dwight Ball took

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Trudeau pledges $1.3B in federal funds for five-stop Montreal metro extension

July 4, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The funds will help pay for an extension to the blue line on the city’s east end

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PCL among consortium picked to build new $750M hospital in Corner Brook, N.L.

July 3, 2019 On-Site Staff

CORNER BROOK, N.L.—A seven-firm consortium has been picked to take on a major new hospital project on the west end of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced late last week the government has selected the Corner Brook Health

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Governments putting up $81.5M to build new wastewater treatment plant in Lloydminster

June 29, 2019 On-Site Staff

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta.—Three tiers of government and two separate provinces are coming together to kick-start a major wastewater treatment project in Lloydminster. The city, which straddles the Alberta and Saskatchewan border, has been working toward updating its water treatment facility since

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Feds, province put up nearly $50M for series of flood prevention projects in Grand Forks, B.C.

June 28, 2019 On-Site Staff

GRAND FORKS, B.C.—A small city in south-central B.C. that sits at the confluence of the Granby and Kettle rivers is getting just shy of $50 million in joint federal and provincial funding to start construction on a series of flood

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Infrastructure bank gives Via Rail $55M for work on still-uncertain multibillion-dollar project

June 25, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Via Rail is getting $71 million in federal cash — some through Transport Canada and some from an infrastructure financing agency — to tackle the last few details needed to make the case that its high-frequency rail proposal should get

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Plan for construction of $595M Alberta superlab scrapped as Kenney makes good on promise

June 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—Alberta is cancelling construction of a medical superlab and scrapping a plan to put all laboratory services under government control. Premier Jason Kenney promised to do so before his United Conservative government was elected in April. The former NDP government

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Volvo Group announces funding for construction of memorial along Ontario’s Highway of Heroes

June 21, 2019 On-Site Staff

WHITBY, Ont.—Just a few months after the federal government committed $2.9 million to construct a living memorial along Ontario’s Highway of Heroes, the project has received financial backing from the Volvo Group. The campaign, which aims to raise a total

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C-69, federal bill overhauling environmental approval process for major construction jobs, clears final hurdle

June 21, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The highly controversial bill, along with another piece of legislation barring oil tankers from B.C.’s northern coast, is poised to become law after gaining the Senate’s stamp of approval

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Runway, taxiway upgrades to begin at Hamilton, Ont. airport as feds chip in to help fund $38.9M project

June 16, 2019 On-Site Staff

HAMILTON, Ont.—A significant rehabilitation project at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is set for liftoff. The federal government announced an $18.5 million contribution June 14 to help fund the infrastructure project that’s expected to approximately 350 construction jobs

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 11, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—Contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction lawyers and a wide range of other stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry have four final months to prepare for one of the most significant changes to the province’s building industry in years. After a long series

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Ontario infrastructure needs more funding from feds, province for economy to maintain momentum: report

June 7, 2019 On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—About a year into its tenure, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford has not been shy about declaring the province “open for business.” The sentiment may be a positive one from an economic standpoint, but according

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Pelly Construction wins $44.4M contract for remediation project at contaminated Faro Mine in central Yukon

June 7, 2019 On-Site Staff

FARO, Yukon—A significant remediation project on the site of a contaminated mine northeast of Whitehorse is moving to the next phase. Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada said May 31 it has awarded Pelly Construction Ltd. a $44.4 million contract

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Documents show feds pushing Infrastructure Bank to back major Via Rail construction project

June 7, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal officials are pushing the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to back Via Rail’s high-frequency rail project, according to documents tabled in the House of Commons. The response to a written question from New Democrat Robert Aubin details the eight times between

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Ottawa, Quebec announce $500M for reconstruction of Canada’s longest highway tunnel

June 4, 2019 Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. “We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe

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Infrastructure Bank commits $2B to Ontario GO Transit expansion as province issues RFP to four bidders

June 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

The multibillion-dollar expansion aims to modernize the Toronto area’s regional rail network through a series of new construction projects and upgrades

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Feds putting up $345.4M to extend Autoroute 19, rehabilitate Montreal bridge

May 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Three infrastructure jobs, including a major project to extend Quebec Autoroute 19 north of Laval, Que., have secured the backing of the federal government. François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion May

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‘We will keep our commitments:’ Jason Kenney takes over as Alberta premier

May 1, 2019 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Jason Kenney, a former federal cabinet minister who united Alberta’s two estranged conservative parties and led them to victory, officially became the province’s 18th premier April 30. Kenney and 22 members of his United Conservative caucus were sworn in as

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Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to move to Halifax waterfront; building project expected to cost $130M

April 25, 2019 On-Site Staff

HALIFAX—The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is planning to pack up thousands of works of art for a short move to a new, modern facility at the foot of Salter Street in downtown Halifax. The project, announced last week by

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Feds, BC Hydro fund $289M transmission line expansion in Peace region

April 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s northeast is getting an electricity boost to help power natural gas expansion in the Peace River region and fight global warming. The federal government and Crown-owned BC Hydro have announced a project to expand transmission lines to meet