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PCA and CLAC support proposed legislation to end construction labour monopolies

May 17, 2013 Staff Report

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) were in Toronto to support the introduction of Private Members Legislation to stop closed tendering of construction projects in municipalities and school boards in Ontario.

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The Government of Canada launches refocused National Research Council

May 7, 2013 Staff Report

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has transformed into an industry-focused research and technology organization. The refocused NRC will work with Canadian industries to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy. “NRC plays a pivotal role

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UA launches national recruitment campaign to attract 25,000 new piping trade members

May 7, 2013 Staff Report

The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) launched a national marketing campaign this week in a bid to recruit 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals over the next

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Building permits up for third consecutive month

May 6, 2013 Statistics Canada

Contractors took out building permits worth $6.5 billion in March, up 8.6 per cent from February and the third consecutive monthly advance. The March increase came mostly from the non-residential sector in Ontario and Alberta. The value of non-residential building permits rose 19

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$35B in infrastructure spending planned over 3 years

May 3, 2013 cp24.com

Ontario’s minority Liberals used Thursday’s budget to clearly signal their dedication to bolstering the province’s infrastructure by allocating $35 billion in spending over three years, one of the largest commitments to a single element in their fiscal plan. The province

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Structal-Bridges lands major contracts in Newfoundland and Labrador and Massachusetts

April 25, 2013 Staff Report

Structal-Bridges, a division of Canam Group Inc., has secured two large contracts totaling close to $60 million for the fabrication of the steel structures that will replace the Sir Ambrose Shea Lift Bridge in Placentia, located in the province of

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Campaign builds for LRT Community Benefits Agreement; Network prepares submission for Metrolinx

April 25, 2013 Staff Report

Community leaders in Toronto are mobilizing to advocate for a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement as part of the $4.6-billion contract to be awarded by Metrolinx for the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown and Scarborough Light Rapid Transit lines. The

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Ontario needs to scrap its Waste Diversion Act

April 24, 2013 Staff Report

At a joint media conference at the Ontario Legislature, Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) called for new legislation that drives and achieves greater waste diversion. Prior to a new round of eco fees that

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Hospital construction boosting local economy

April 16, 2013 Staff Report

Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn, Oakville mayor Rob Burton and representatives from Halton Healthcare Services and the Oakville Hospital Foundation celebrated the official topping off of the new Oakville Hospital today, marking the highest point of construction. Numerous members of the

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Algonquin College receives CFI Research Award to help contractors, business owners and homeowners

April 16, 2013 Staff Report

The construction process is very complex and its intricacies can cause delays, cost inefficiencies and waste. For example, manual change order systems hinder productivity and increase costs as requests travel up the line of authority to the client, and then

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PPP Canada launches round five of the P3 Canada Fund

April 15, 2013 Staff Report

On April 15, PPP Canada launched the Round Five call for proposals for the P3 Canada Fund. Canada has become a world leader in P3 procurement and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting the further development of the

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City Infrastructure Improvements Underway via Toronto Port Authority’s Airport Pedestrian Tunnel Project

April 12, 2013 Staff Report

Construction is set to start next week on the final two of seven support tunnels on the pedestrian tunnel project at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Part of this construction will include a new City water main and the replacement

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SNC-Lavalin chosen as construction manager for new Shriners Hospitals for Children

April 12, 2013 Staff Report

Shriners Hospitals for Children has officially been signed with SNC-Lavalin, stating that it has been chosen as construction manager for the new hospital project in Montréal. Working closely with Shriners Hospitals for Children, SNC-Lavalin’s responsibilities include the procurement, installation and

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Ajax baseball diamonds to be upgraded for 2015 Pan Am Games

April 4, 2013 Staff Report

The diamonds in Ajax, Ont. will shine a little brighter in the summer of 2015 thanks to upgrades necessary to host the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. The major capital upgrades at Ajax Pan Am Ballpark, located at the Audley

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Request for qualifications issued for Joseph Brant Hospital project

April 4, 2013 Staff Report

Infrastructure Ontario and Joseph Brant Hospital have issued a request for qualifications to design, build and finance the hospital’s expansion and modernization project, the first expansion in more than 40 years. The project includes the construction of a new six-storey

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Harper Government awards major construction contract for Port Granby project

April 3, 2013 Staff Report

The Harper Government today announced a $28.8-million contract for construction of a waste water treatment plant at the site of the planned Port Granby long-term, low-level radioactive waste management facility. The contract was awarded to Maple Reinders Engineering and Construction

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VIDEO: New animated video reveals how Elliot Lake mall collapsed

April 2, 2013 CBC

A video has been posted on YouTube showing a forensic engineering explanation of how the Algo Centre mall collapsed in Elliot Lake, Ont., last June. To watch the video, click here. The animated computer-generated video takes you over, around and

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Metrolinx releases short list of proposed investment tools for consultation

April 2, 2013 Staff Report

Metrolinx released a short list of investment tools for consultation that will help decide how transit expansion is funded in the years ahead. Metrolinx is developing an investment strategy to help finance The Big Move and the next wave of

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RES Canada starts construction on Samsung-Pattern Wind Project

April 1, 2013 Staff Report

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), a leader in the construction of wind and solar projects in Canada,  has started construction on the 270MW South Kent Wind project. Located within the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ont., the project is being

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How global warming will impact your business

April 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

“There’s no question that the world’s climate is changing. It doesn’t matter why… It’s going to change, and that means we have to change with it,” says Clive Thurston, president, Ontario General Contractors Association, Mississauga, Ont. Everyone in this industry