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Canada Infrastructure Bank appoints exec to head project development pipeline

November 6, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The Canadian Infrastructure Bank has named François Lecavalier, currently a senior vice-president with Business Development Bank of Canada, to take on the new arms-length government institution’s project development activities. Lecavalier, who has 30 years of experience leading infrastructure and private

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$2.6B Edmonton LRT project has green light as province steps aboard

November 2, 2018 by David Kennedy

The western leg of the city’s Valley Line will stretch 14 kilometres. Procurement will get underway shortly, with construction likely starting by 2020 or before

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Rail line to Churchill, Man. reopens after more than a year of neglect, 35 days of repair

November 2, 2018 Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

CHURCHILL, Man.—Residents of Churchill crowded around a bonfire during a street party to celebrate the return of rail service and a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the northern Manitoba town. Patricia Kandiurin held a banner with the label

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Work to start on latest Metro Vancouver water tunnel project; Aecon, Traylor Bros win $267M contract

November 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—A major tunnelling project is set to get underway in Metro Vancouver this month after the regional government firmed up a $267 million construction contract with a joint venture between Traylor Bros. Inc. and Aecon Group Inc. The U.S.-based contractor

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Turkey opens new Istanbul Airport, looks to overtake Atlanta as world’s largest

November 1, 2018 Zeynep Bilginsoy And Neyran Elden, The Associated Press

ISTANBUL—Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held plenty of grand opening ceremonies in his 15 years at Turkey’s helm. This week he unveiled one of his prized jewels—Istanbul New Airport—a megaproject that has been dogged by concerns about labour rights, environmental issues

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Contractors complete 70-metre high foundation for B.C.’s Site C hydro project

October 31, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The foundation for Site C hydroelectric project has been completed. Acciona says the 70-metre high foundation structure is solid enough to support the 1,100-megawatt power plant and spillways. The company leading the construction for contractor Peace River Hydro Partners says

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N.L. hands out $2.2M in contracts for road construction projects on the Avalon

October 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CARBONEAR, N.L.—Just a month after inking a $555 million infrastructure deal with Ottawa, Newfoundland and Labrador announced it awarded two contracts totaling $2.2 million for road construction projects on the Avalon Peninsula. Mj Hickey Ltd. won an $800,000 to construct

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Work begins as part of long term plan to remove red lights from Winnipeg highway

October 16, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Work is set to start on a plan that could eventually see all traffic lights removed from the South Perimeter highway around Winnipeg. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says over the next three years, 23 smaller intersections along the road

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Trudeau, Gov. Rick Snyder discuss possibility of accelerated timelines for Gordie Howe bridge

October 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

WINDSOR, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to speed up the six-year timeline to construct the long-awaited Gordie Howe International Bridge. Trudeau was in Windsor, Ont. Oct. 5 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, among others,

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Infrastructure Canada closes book on $33B in provincial funding deals after inking Saskatchewan agreement

October 4, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

REGINA—Ottawa has sealed an infrastructure funding agreement with the Saskatchewan government, finally slamming shut the book on a series of provincial and territorial deals worth a combined $33 billion. Its final long-term infrastructure agreement turns the tap on $896 million

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Canada’s finance minister touts USMCA but says steel sector needs help

October 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Finance Minister Bill Morneau says Canada’s new trade deal will bring more economic stability, even as the government works to fairly compensate dairy farmers and deal with the dissatisfied steel and aluminum industry. Morneau told members of the Vancouver business

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Muskrat Falls inquiry finds ‘surprising’ lack of evidence of government analysis

October 3, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Former premier Danny Williams told the Muskrat Falls inquiry Tuesday he remained confident in his government’s detailed assessment of the hydro megaproject’s potential risks, even as the judge hearing the inquiry said they haven’t seen evidence that a

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Aecon Group Inc. selling contract mining business for $199.1 million

October 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. has signed a deal to sell its contract mining business to North American Construction Group Inc. for $199.1 million in cash. The contract mining business provides overburden removal and environmental reclamation services, primarily in the Alberta oilsands.

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From the editor … Taking stock of opportunities

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

765,917 kilometres – that’s the final tally of just how far Canada’s public road infrastructure stretches. Cobbling together highways, arterials, collectors, local roads and even urban laneways, the impressive measurement would take you to the Moon and then nearly get

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Contractors pressured to adopt new set of reporting standards to improve benchmarking, transparency

September 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO— An international coalition of professional associations, mostly made up quantity surveyor groups, is turning up the heat on Canada’s construction industry in an effort to convince project owners and contractors to adopt a new set of reporting standards. The

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Cities aim to shake up how feds handle infrastructure procurement

September 25, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The drive could reshape how construction projects get off the ground, as well as give contractors a clearer idea of what work will be available each year

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Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

September 19, 2018 Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state’s infrastructure, weakened

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$315.9M Winnipeg road renewal project receives federal, provincial funding

September 18, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

  WINNIPEG—A $100 million federal contribution has paved the way for significant repairs to Winnipeg’s regional road network. Totaling $315.9 million, the project will see 49 segments of roadway rehabilitated across the city, including sidewalk repairs and drainage improvements. At $18

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‘Optimism bias’ often brings Muskrat Falls-style cost overruns, inquiry into trouble dam project told

September 18, 2018 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY GOOSE BAY, N.L.—Hydroelectric dams like Muskrat Falls are particularly vulnerable to cost and schedule overruns, an expert testified Sept. 17 as a public inquiry into the Labrador hydro megaproject got underway. Oxford University economics professor Bent Flyvbjerg, who

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Feds, B.C. partner on $229M program for rural infrastructure upgrades

September 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

WHISTLER, B.C.—Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson says the federal and British Columbia governments are targeting rural communities for new infrastructure projects. She told delegates Sept. 12 at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler that $229 million in



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