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New Trans Mountain legal challenge claims Canada’s bias led to improper consultations

July 10, 2019 Camille Bains, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation behind the project created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal. Chief

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Top Canadian climate risks are infrastructure, coastlines, northerners

July 6, 2019 Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

New research for the federal Treasury Board has concluded that buildings, coastlines and northern communities face the biggest risks from climate change in Canada. In a report released July 4, the Council of Canadian Academies has narrowed down a myriad

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N.L. premier defends decision to trudge forward on Muskrat Falls megaproject

July 4, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier says the joy of his 2015 election victory was short-lived as he began to realize the dire financial situation brought on by the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject’s runaway costs. Liberal Premier Dwight Ball took

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Trudeau pledges $1.3B in federal funds for five-stop Montreal metro extension

July 4, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The funds will help pay for an extension to the blue line on the city’s east end

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PCL among consortium picked to build new $750M hospital in Corner Brook, N.L.

July 3, 2019 On-Site Staff

CORNER BROOK, N.L.—A seven-firm consortium has been picked to take on a major new hospital project on the west end of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced late last week the government has selected the Corner Brook Health

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Governments putting up $81.5M to build new wastewater treatment plant in Lloydminster

June 29, 2019 On-Site Staff

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta.—Three tiers of government and two separate provinces are coming together to kick-start a major wastewater treatment project in Lloydminster. The city, which straddles the Alberta and Saskatchewan border, has been working toward updating its water treatment facility since

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B.C. shortlists three construction teams for $2.8B Broadway subway extension project

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Three construction teams remain in the running for the contract to build Vancouver’s six-station Broadway subway extension project. The B.C. government released its shortlist for the $2.8 billion project June 25, about two months after closing the request for qualifications

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11 months, 60,000 cubic metres of rock later, Site C dam crews breakthrough on first of two diversion tunnels

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.—After nearly a year of work with roadheaders chewing through about 60,000 cubic metres of rock, tunnelling crews at B.C.’s Site C dam project are seeing daylight. BC Hydro announced June 24 that excavation crews working on

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Infrastructure bank gives Via Rail $55M for work on still-uncertain multibillion-dollar project

June 25, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Via Rail is getting $71 million in federal cash — some through Transport Canada and some from an infrastructure financing agency — to tackle the last few details needed to make the case that its high-frequency rail proposal should get

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Ottawa’s new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobs

June 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The rules are expected to benefit both general contractors and subcontractors, which can face cash flow problems if they aren’t paid quickly enough for work on major projects

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C-69, federal bill overhauling environmental approval process for major construction jobs, clears final hurdle

June 21, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The highly controversial bill, along with another piece of legislation barring oil tankers from B.C.’s northern coast, is poised to become law after gaining the Senate’s stamp of approval

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Ontario revives possibility of building major new highway on northwest end of Greater Toronto Area

June 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have pulled a major Toronto-area highway project quashed by the previous Liberal government from the dustbin, relaunching an environmental assessment (EA) into the potential Greater Toronto Area West Highway Corridor. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of Transportation,

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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

June 19, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The federal Liberals pitched the divisive pipeline project as a compromise between the environment and the economy

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Graham-led consortium picked to build rail overpass, elevated guideway in busy Toronto neighbourhood

June 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A construction team led by Graham Group Ltd. has been tapped as the preferred proponent for the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project, a major rail realignment job on the west end of Toronto. Provincial government agencies Infrastructure Ontario and

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Runway, taxiway upgrades to begin at Hamilton, Ont. airport as feds chip in to help fund $38.9M project

June 16, 2019 On-Site Staff

HAMILTON, Ont.—A significant rehabilitation project at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is set for liftoff. The federal government announced an $18.5 million contribution June 14 to help fund the infrastructure project that’s expected to approximately 350 construction jobs

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NEB approves $453M Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project, clearing way for construction

June 14, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The National Energy Board has signed off on a major power project that will carry electricity generated at Manitoba’s array of hydro plants to neighbouring Minnesota. The federal regulator approved plans for the $453 million Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project June 14

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Ottawa opens funding spigot to help pay for $206.7M Toronto storm sewer system

June 13, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—A water infrastructure project aimed at reducing the risk of basement flooding in west Toronto is moving ahead with $73.2 million in backing from the federal government. The stormwater project, centred roughly at Rogers and Caledonia Roads on the west

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Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher – or more integral to success

June 12, 2019 Saul Chernos

Construction activity continues to fire on all cylinders in Canadian urban centres and is faring well in most other areas of the country. Canada’s Top Contractors are hitting fresh heights as well, but the success masks a steep challenge for

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 11, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—Contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction lawyers and a wide range of other stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry have four final months to prepare for one of the most significant changes to the province’s building industry in years. After a long series

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It’s not easy going green: For contractors, embracing the sustainable building ‘paradigm shift’ isn’t optional

June 10, 2019 David Kennedy

With exposed concrete on all sides and piping from mechanical systems overhead, a compact drilling rig bores slowly into the ground beneath the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto. The rig takes about a day to drill a 13-centimetre (five-inch) borehole