On-Site Magazine


News Financing

Deere & Company finalizes Wirtgen Group acquisition

December 5, 2017 On-Site

Deere & Company has completed its acquisition of German road construction equipment manufacturer, the Wirtgen Group. Deere announced a definitive agreement to purchase the international, privately held company in June 2017, with expectations to close in the first quarter of

News ConstructionFinancing

Small business confidence up, industry optimism down in November

December 5, 2017 Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Small businesses are optimistic, but confidence in the construction industry remains below the national average, according to the November Business Barometer Index by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB). The monthly index, based on a national survey of business

News ConstructionFinancing

Explaining the construction industry’s productivity problem

August 18, 2017 The Economist

  According to The Economist, ever since the financial crisis, the world has been plagued by weak productivity growth. One explanation is that in uncertain times firms are keener to take more people on to the payroll than to invest

News FinancingInfrastructure

SNC-Lavalin creates new infrastructure investment vehicle

July 4, 2017 SNC-Lavalin 

MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin has launched a new infrastructure investment vehicle, SNC-Lavalin Infrastructure Partners LP (“the Partnership”), to efficiently redeploy capital back into development opportunities. This vehicle will hold SNC-Lavalin’s interests in a selection of its mature Canadian infrastructure assets and will

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructure

Western provinces to lead economic growth in 2017

May 29, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

OTTAWA – Alberta and Saskatchewan are expected to emerge out of recession and lead the provinces in economic growth this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Provincial Outlook: Spring 2017. British Columbia is forecast to see growth ease this year,

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructure

Canadian Construction Association’s reaction to the 2017 Federal Budget

March 23, 2017 CCA

OTTAWA – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) sees the federal government’s Budget 2017 announcement as a reiteration of previous commitments made to the renewal of Canada’s infrastructure.  “While we expected to see greater detail regarding the Canada Infrastructure Bank and

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructureSkills Development

2017-18 federal budget: some relevant investment intentions but few specific and short-term commitments

March 22, 2017 Conseil du patronat du Québec

MONTRÉAL – “With the tabling of its budget today, the Canadian government shows some good intentions in making relevant investments, especially in the area of innovation, training and infrastructures,” remarked Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ) president Yves-Thomas Dorval. “But

News ConstructionFinancing

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada welcomes initiatives for skills training and the Canada Infrastructure Bank in Budget 2017

March 22, 2017 PCA

Today, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomed the federal government’s budget commitments in the area of skills training but also cautioned against consistent deficit spending and increased payroll taxes. The government’s support for skills training is focused on

News ConstructionFinancing

Conference Board of Canada anticipates stronger economy in 2017

January 18, 2017 On-Site Magazine

Following an increase of just 1.3 per cent last year, Canada’s economic growth is expected to accelerate to 1.9 per cent in 2017, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Outlook: Winter 2017. “Last year, Canada’s economic growth was

News ConstructionFinancingGreen ConstructionInfrastructureRoads

2017 Forecast: “Avalanche” of construction to come

December 9, 2016 by Jim Barnes

    The crystal ball for Canadian construction next year was already cloudy before Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. That one event has thrown a lot of forecasts into the trash bin. It’s difficult

Article BridgesConstructionFinancingGreen ConstructionHeavy EquipmentInfrastructureRoads

New Champlain Bride is construction showpiece

October 14, 2016 Jim Barnes

Canada has been home to a variety of megaprojects in recent years. None will be more visually stunning than the new Champlain Bridge (NCB) in Montreal, which will replace the existing Champlain Bridge in 2018. The existing bridge crosses the

News ConstructionFinancingLabour

Improvements in building permits and employment insurance claims point to stronger economic outlook

August 19, 2016 On-Site Magazine

The Conference Board of Canada’s Composite Leading Index increased by 0.9 points to 109.1 in June, suggesting a slight acceleration in economic growth six months from now. “The best news in June was the pickup in industrial and commercial building

News ConstructionFinancing

Pomerleau to acquire most of Giffels Westpro assets and projects

June 15, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Pomerleau Inc. has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire most of the assets and projects of Giffels Westpro in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Giffels Westpro is owned by Ingenium. Once this transaction is completed, Pomerleau will increase

News ConstructionFinancing

Construction industry making headway towards recovery

April 27, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Despite contracting by 1.7 per cent in 2015, the construction industry in Canada is forecast to improve over the next five years — to reach US$321 billion by 2020 — according to a report by Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC).

News ConstructionFinancingGreen ConstructionInfrastructureLEEDP3s

$330M law suit filed over McGill University Health Centre P3 contract

April 1, 2016 On-Site Magazine

McGill Healthcare Infrastructure Group (MHIG), a partnership composed of SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) and Innisfree has filed a $330 million law suit against the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Government of Quebec over the P3 deal to build and operate the hospital’s Glen

Rendering of Montreal's new Champlain Bridge
News ConstructionConstruction MaterialsFinancingInfrastructure

Construction product manufacturer Canam receives $50M loan

April 1, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Fonds de solidarité FTQ to support the St-Georges-based company’s growth

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructure

$23M to Guelph University to help rebuild Ontario Vet College

March 24, 2016 On-Site Magazine

The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College has received $23 million in funding from the Ontario government to help fund a new cutting-edge clinical learning building. The funds will help build a new learning space with modern and flexible classrooms

$30 million in government funding has been committed to build the Freedom Road that will connect the Shoal Lake No. 40 First Nation with the Manitoba Trans-Canada highway
News AsphaltBridgesConstructionFinancingInfrastructureRoads

‘Freedom Road’ construction costs rise $16.5M

March 23, 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineer

The city of Winnipeg is due to decide this week whether to increase funding for the so-called “Freedom Road” to the First Nations Community of Shoal Lake 40. The Shoal Lake community was isolated long ago by the construction of

News AsphaltBridgesConcreteConstructionFinancingInfrastructureRoads

Infrastructure funding given to 5 Nunavut projects

March 16, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Five infrastructure projects have received joint federal funding under Canada’s Small Communities Fund. The projects involve key community infrastructure in the territory, including a new cultural centre in Cape Dorset, repairs for the Cambridge Bay Arena and the Iqaluit Aquatic

News AsphaltBridgesConcreteConstructionFinancingGreen ConstructionHeavy EquipmentInfrastructureRoads

Ground broken on first Eglinton Crosstown LRT station

March 15, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Construction has begun on Keelesdale Station, the first of 25 stations to be built for the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT). The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is the largest public transit project currently under construction in Canada and represents the