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While Montreal sleeps, every minute counts for subway maintenance workers

April 24, 2019 Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In the early hours of the morning, when most Montrealers are asleep, below the city’s surface subway maintenance workers are in a race against time. Between approximately 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., more than 200 workers are dispatched to some

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Manitoba announces $57.5M in funding for school infrastructure projects

April 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The Public

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West

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Feds, BC Hydro fund $289M transmission line expansion in Peace region

April 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s northeast is getting an electricity boost to help power natural gas expansion in the Peace River region and fight global warming. The federal government and Crown-owned BC Hydro have announced a project to expand transmission lines to meet

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Asset management comes to North America

April 19, 2019 David Bowcott

The construction industry is moving towards a more integrated approach. Though this column primarily focuses on construction and its associated risks, I’ve been interweaving the concept of asset management into my articles over the past several years to highlight a

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Mississauga, Ont. kicks off road construction season as it paves way for major LRT job

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—More than 30 new and continuing road construction jobs are on the books this year in Ontario’s third largest city as Mississauga construction crews and commuters brace themselves for years of work on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.

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Ontario not working with feds on building projects, endangering summer construction starts, Trudeau says

April 17, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government of dragging its feet on vital infrastructure spending and says the indecision endangers work for the summer construction season. Trudeau criticized Premier Doug Ford’s government during a funding announcement at

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Ontario pauses funding for high-speed rail corridor, will look at enhancing current services

April 16, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is pausing all capital funding for a proposed high-speed train corridor from Toronto to Windsor, Ont., a move opposition critics says will derail the project. The province’s 2019 budget delivered last week said the Progressive Conservative government will explore

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Road repaving, other Whitehorse infrastructure work gets $23.5M from Ottawa, Yukon

April 15, 2019 On-Site Staff

WHITEHORSE—Three infrastructure projects in Yukon’s capital are moving ahead with millions in fresh funding from the feds and territory, plus a small contribution from the city. Ottawa said April 12 it will contribute $17.4 million to the trio of projects.

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Canadian construction costs balloon as steel and aluminum tariffs exact a heavy price

April 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

The trade battle was expected to be brief, but nearly a year after the U.S. imposed duties on Canadian steel and aluminum, the tariffs remain firmly in place

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Newfoundland to build new prison to replace notorious Victorian-era penitentiary

April 11, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador has announced it is replacing its notorious Victorian-era men’s prison, one of the oldest in Canada. Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, N.L. has faced decades of criticism for its harsh, violent conditions for inmates

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Ford unveils $28.5B Toronto transit plan, scraps well-studied relief line subway for province-backed alternative

April 10, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

With Toronto Mayor John Tory conspicuously absent, the premier offered new sketches for the city’s transit system. The timeline for the series of projects was immediately questioned

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SNC-Lavalin selling 10.01 per cent stake in Ontario’s Highway 407 to pension fund OMERS for $3.25B

April 5, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has signed a deal to sell the bulk of its stake in Ontario’s 407 toll highway operator for $3.25 billion, some of which will go toward a loan from Quebec’s pension fund. The OMERS pension plan will

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Tallest U.S. dam that threatened collapse and required $1B fix put to the test after two years of repairs

April 3, 2019 Rich Pedroncelli And Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

OROVILLE, Calif.—An epic winter of rain and snow has refilled California’s reservoirs and pressed into service a spillway at the nation’s tallest dam April 2, a US$1 billion structure that drained excess water for the first time since it crumbled

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Feds, B.C. earmark $121.4M for work on challenging 4.4-kilometre stretch of Trans-Canada Highway

April 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

Picturesque section of road in the Rocky Mountain Trench set for four-laning project

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Notley, Kenney pledge to back Calgary flood protection infrastructure in lead-up to Alberta election

March 25, 2019 Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—NDP Leader Rachel Notley pledged more flood protection for Calgary March 22 as she and United Conservative rival Jason Kenney accused each other of dithering on another project to help prevent a repeat of the 2013 deluge that heavily damaged

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Citing budget pressures, Metrolinx scales back Hurontario LRT

March 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Ontario transit agency Metrolinx has revised the route of the soon-to-be-built Hurontario Light Rail Transit project, most notably chopping off a downtown loop included in the original plans. The provincial crown agency pointed to “potential” budget pressures and “a more

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N.S. to spend another $22.3 million on ferry including renos to Maine terminal

March 20, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says it will fund renovations of a ferry terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine, at an expected cost of $8.5-million. It will also provide another $13.8 million to the privately owned ferry service for its 2019-20 operations.

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In pre-election budget, Liberals look to speed up infrastructure spending by offing cash directly to cities

March 20, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The $2.2 billion in extra funding is designed to pay for roads, bridges, water systems and other local infrastructure

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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed