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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Some provinces creating challenges for infrastructure projects: Trudeau

January 29, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Unco-operative provincial governments have been making the effort to get more infrastructure dollars into Canada’s cities a challenge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau, whose government has struggled to fulfill tens of billions worth of infrastructure commitments, made the

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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‘Low-value’ construction projects delayed approval process, roll-out of federal infrastructure dollars, internal documents say

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A large number of small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program bogged down the approval process and delayed construction and spending, newly released documents show. An internal analysis obtained

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Infrastructure Bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects. In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about

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Building investment dips in November with declines in majority of provinces

January 23, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Investment in building construction dipped in November, with both residential and non-residential sector taking a more than two per cent hit to $11.6 billion. In the non-residential sector, investment decreased 1.6 per cent to $4.3 billion, largely due to declines

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Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

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No Infrastructure Bank money for public electricity grids, federal documents say

January 10, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A federal infrastructure agency created to finance new infrastructure — and alleviate the burden on the public purse — is not expected to back projects involving existing public electricity grids, newly released documents say. Many provinces need to upgrade their

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Quebec City consumed by debate over new span across St. Lawrence that could cost up to $10B

January 7, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River. Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly

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Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure

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Nova Scotia to spend $300M to improve roads and bridges in 2019-20

December 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will get $300 million in upgrades in 2019-20 — a $15 million increase over last year. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says much of the additional funding will go toward twinning portions

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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