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Trudeau shuffles cabinet, swapping out Sohi on infrastructure file

July 18, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet, shuffling six ministers to new portfolios and promoting five other MPs to his front benches in a bid to boost the profile of his team. Trudeau aims to bolster Canada’s bid

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B.C. government sets out new hiring rules for provincial infrastructure projects

July 17, 2018 Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

The province says the initiative will add more under-represented groups to the workforce, but critics say it will simply benefit unions and drive up costs

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Feds pick construction team for multibillion-dollar Gordie Howe bridge project

July 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

The WDBA has tapped a preferred proponent to design, build, operate and maintain the major P3 project

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Trump in no rush on trade as Canada-U.S. tariff spat drags on

July 4, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

Steel and aluminum duties will impact businesses and workers in Canada’s construction industry. Ottawa’s retaliatory tariffs came into effect July 1

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Construction continues on costly Muskrat Falls dam as power transmission link to Newfoundland opens

June 29, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—An historic milestone was recognized June 27 on the East Coast, but the mood was bittersweet. A power link connecting the Muskrat Falls hydro project to Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital was formally “energized” for the first time. The

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Liberals set hiring, procurement stipulations for federally funded projects

June 22, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The so-called community benefits program aims to give Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants a larger stake in Ottawa’s major infrastructure spending plan

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55 storeys underground, construction crews, tunnellers tackle tricky plumbing problem

June 20, 2018 Michael Hill, The Associated Press

NEWBURGH, N.Y.—New York City is in the midst of a plumbing repair job of monumental proportions. Hard-hat workers are toiling deep underground, 55 storeys beneath the Hudson River, to eliminate gushing leaks in an aging tunnel that carries half the

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Project to build two 23-kilometre flood prevention channels gets $540M from feds, Manitoba

June 18, 2018 by David Kennedy

ST. LAURENT, Man.—A major infrastructure project that will manage high water levels in Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin northwest of Winnipeg has been green-lit by the provincial and federal governments. The two tiers of government committed a combined $540

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Quebec bid-rigging inquiry nets $95M in reimbursements for ill-got contracts

June 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec has reached deals to get $95 million in a voluntary redemption program aimed at recouping cash lost to corruption, collusion or bid-rigging in the awarding of public contracts. A report released June 13 said $75 million has already been

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PCs sweep to power in Ontario: What Doug Ford means for construction across the province

June 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

The premier-designate has committed to a series of infrastructure investments and vowed to close the province’s skills gap

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CN Rail to spend $340M to bolster B.C. rail infrastructure

June 6, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—CN Rail is spending $340 million to replace nearly 200 kilometres of line, build new train passing sidings, rebuild crossings and bolster other rail infrastructure on Canada’s West Coast. The railway company laid out its plan to expand its B.C.

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Feds, Quebec contribute $820M for Montreal public transportation projects

June 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—The federal government will contribute over $453 million to fund 26 public transportation projects in Montreal. The funding, a total of $453,254,997, accounts for half of the total costs. Quebec will contribute 40 per cent, or $367,343,575, for a total

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Michigan commits $50M to building second large shipping lock at Sault Ste. Marie

May 31, 2018 David Eggert, The Associated Press

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich.—Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders May 30 committed up to $50 million to upgrade the Soo Locks, a bid to persuade the federal government to fund the long-sought $1 billion proposal to build a second large lock

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Alberta government prepared to cover up to $2B in Trans Mountain pipeline costs

May 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

ALBERTA—Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday that the province would contribute up to $2 billion to cover “unforeseen” costs associated with the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Notley would not provide details on which circumstances would warrant the payout,

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Aecon fallout: China bristles as Trudeau defends decision to protect infrastructure

May 30, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Business law experts say it’s highly difficult, if not impossible, to build a firewall around a company’s potentially sensitive data and other intellectual property when it’s the target of a takeover bid. Concerns over access to such information are said

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Canada blocks Aecon takeover by Chinese state-owned firm, citing national security

May 23, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The rejection follows a lengthy federal probe and months of divisive rhetoric exchanged between supporters and opponents of the deal

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SNC-Lavalin settles shareholder class action suits in Ontario and Quebec for $110M

May 22, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has moved further from its troubled past by settling two class action lawsuits worth a total of $110 million over allegations of misleading investors about its activities in Libya. The company said it will contribute $88 million

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Iqaluit airport, five others in Nunavut share $35M in expansion funds

May 22, 2018 by David Kennedy

IQALUIT—New federal funding will pay for upgrades at six airports in Northern Canada. The $35 million investment is designed to bolster air cargo storage in Nunavut’s capital Iqaluit and expand airport terminals in five other remote towns and hamlets across

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Panel looks for increased transparency in Canadian construction through new standards

May 21, 2018 Amie Silverwood

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Canadian Institute Of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and The Canadian Association of Consulting Quantity Surveyors (CACQS) held a joint information session earlier this month about the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS), which included a

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Liberals confirm $1.53B contribution to construct Calgary Green Line LRT

May 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has contributed $1.53 billion to construct Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit project. A commitment to fund a third of the project was put forward by the former Conservative government in July 2015. Alberta and Calgary will