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Brampton, Ont. rethinks Hurontario LRT route, looks at tunnel option in major expansion of scope

December 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

Lengthening the line would add hundreds of millions to the construction contract. The current design is expected to cost $1.4 billion

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Federal minister feuds with new N.B. premier after dramatic project cuts

December 13, 2018 Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON—The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table. Dominic LeBlanc said the cuts announced earlier this week in

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Ketza Construction wins $29M contract to build new Whitehorse secondary school

December 12, 2018 On-Site Staff

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government has awarded a local construction firm a $29.4 million contract to build a new French language secondary school in Whitehorse. The territory handed Ketza Construction the design-build contract for the new school Dec. 11, noting the cost

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Coalition aims to put First Nations in the driver’s seat on major construction projects

December 10, 2018 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. “We really are in a place looking to diversify our

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Integrated Asset Delivery: Risk management for the entire lifecycle

December 5, 2018 David Bowcott

In recent years there has been a resurgence of the Integrated Project Delivery model in the North American construction marketplace. This method traces its origins to the heyday of North Sea oil exploration, when owners, design firms and contractors created

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Credit in the construction industry

December 5, 2018 Siobhan Small

When we think of credit, we usually think of a method of paying for goods or services. In the construction context, however, credit can serve a role analogous to that of a performance bond. While owners can choose to request

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Alberta introduces bill on future infrastructure funding for Calgary, Edmonton

November 30, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A proposed new deal to fund municipal infrastructure in Alberta’s two largest cities would tie future money to the rise and fall in provincial revenues and to the carbon tax. “(Calgary and Edmonton) are partners in growing Alberta’s economy and

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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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B.C. earmarks $1.1B to retrofit its stock of social housing

November 23, 2018 On-Site Staff

VICTORIA—British Columbia has set aside $1.1 billion over the next decade to upgrade its stock of social housing. With a focus on emissions, the retrofits aim to improve building efficiency and reduce energy use. The province pointed to boiler and

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Ottawa responds to U.S. tax reform, offers construction industry help in form of faster equipment depreciation

November 22, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The proposed tax changes unveiled by Ottawa this week should allow companies to free up capital and invest more in areas such as innovation

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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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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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Green light for $40M wind power project in remote Inuvik, N.W.T.

November 16, 2018 On-Site Staff

INUVIK, N.W.T.—A wind turbine project worth tens of millions of dollars has become the first northern Canadian infrastructure job to secure funding under Ottawa’s new Arctic Energy Fund. The Inuvik Wind Generation project will get $30 million from the federal

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Feds to spend $88.6M to upgrade, replace First Nation, Inuit police facilities

November 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Policing facilities in Indigenous communities across the country are about to undergo a series of upgrades. The federal government announced it will spend $88.6 million over seven years, beginning in 2018-2019, to repair, renovate and replace policing facilities owned by

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No frenzy for Toronto builders as city loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

November 13, 2018 Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Landing the coveted corporate complex would have led to billions in spending in the Toronto area

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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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Canada Infrastructure Bank ‘actively engaged’ in reviewing 10 projects for investment

November 6, 2018 by David Kennedy

Two months after opening its chequebook for the first time, the new federal institution says it’s looking closely at nearly a dozen new projects