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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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From the editor… Cut Ottawa some slack

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Slagging slow-moving government projects and the lumbering Ottawa bureaucracy is a treasured Canadian pastime. I’m far from an exception, and enjoy heaping some well-deserved blame on Parliament Hill as often as it has it coming. Occasionally though, I’m willing to

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Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

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Virtual models that support maintenance and operations

August 9, 2018 Jacob Stoller

  A bid team at EllisDon recently received a two-sentence RFP addendum pertaining to documentation requirements. “It stipulated that the as-built model we were to produce had to be at the level that would allow the owner to operate and

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SNC-Lavalin looking to sell some of its stake in Toronto’s Hwy. 407 toll road

August 7, 2018 Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it is looking to sell a portion of its investment in the Highway 407 toll highway outside of Toronto that analysts estimate could fetch more than $2 billion. The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm said last

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Graham hits back, accuses Alberta of botching Grande Prairie hospital build

August 3, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

In response to contract threats from the province, the construction firm says Alberta has crippled the project with slapdash planning and scope changes

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Aecon reports record $6.4B backlog of mostly major infrastructure projects for Q2

August 1, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. posted a record $6.4 billion backlog for Q2 as the dust settles over its controversial blocked sale to a Chinese construction company by the federal government in May. The backlog, exceeding the company’s 2016 record of nearly

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Is your infrastructure project on the map? Liberals face hurdles with transparency tool

July 31, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—An online map laying out billions in infrastructure spending approved by the federal Liberals has yet to provide the full scope of funding towards new and upgraded bridges, roads and transit systems. A briefing note to the top official at

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Alberta threatens to end construction contract for Grande Prairie hospital

July 31, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is threatening to cancel the contract of a construction firm building the problem-plagued Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. Infrastructure Minister Sandra Jansen said Calgary-based Graham Construction has 15 days to submit a plan to get the project back

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Highway, infrastructure upgrades underway at busy B.C. border crossing

July 30, 2018 by David Kennedy

ALDERGROVE, B.C.—A project to add more lanes as well as new cyclist and pedestrian infrastructure to a Canada-U.S. border crossing southeast of Vancouver has begun in Aldergrove. Tybo Contracting Ltd. will spearhead the $25.5 million project. The Langley, B.C.-based company

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$486M highway improvement project to link Quebec and N.L. receives federal funding

July 30, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

BAIE-COMEAU, Q.C.—A $486 million project to upgrade a winding and ill-developed highway in northeast Quebec has received $183 million from the federal government. The Highway 389 Improvement Program is part of Plan Nord, the province’s $2 billion project to spur

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$35M Iqaluit landfill redevelopment project receives federal contribution

July 25, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

IQALUIT—The federal government has put up more than $26.2 million to fund a nearly $35 million project to bolster waste management in Iqaluit. The city is providing an additional $8.7 million. More than $10 million of the total funding will

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Construction 2.0: Technology is changing construction, the industry must change with it

July 24, 2018 Paul Struthers

The construction industry in Canada is experiencing a transformation. New technologies tailored to the space are creating greater efficiency, but labour gaps are increasing, access to capital is shrinking and a trade war with the U.S. has begun. To adapt

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With construction well underway, B.C. First Nations seek injunction to halt $11B Site C dam

July 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A lawyer for First Nations aiming to stop work on the Site C dam says there’s no remedy besides taking the project “out of the ground” in northeastern British Columbia. Reidar Mogerman says the West Moberly First Nations’ way of

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Aecon picks CEO to replace Beck after takeover by Chinese firm blocked

July 24, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. is looking to chart a new course. Two months after the Canadian government blocked the takeover of the firm by Beijing-based CCCC International Holding Ltd., Aecon has picked a new president and CEO to steer the company

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Road rage: Albert roadbuilders feud with province over $500M deal involving B.C. firm

July 19, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A battle is revving up between the Alberta government and its roadbuilders over reports that more than $500-million worth of road maintenance contracts are being given to a firm in British Columbia. The Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association says

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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