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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

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an

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Challenge to B.C. union rules for major infrastructure projects heads to province’s supreme court

February 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

The new procurement framework requires workers that have been on an infrastructure job for 30 days to join one of 19 unions

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Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘veiled threats’ to make SNC-Lavalin deal, as Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign

February 28, 2019 Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to resign Feb. 27, saying former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s troubling testimony about SNC-Lavalin proved the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern. Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after

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Five key disclosures from Wilson-Raybould’s testimony before the House of Common justice committee

February 28, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Five things Canadians learned from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, in her testimony Feb. 27 at the House of Commons justice committee.   ONE Wilson-Raybould said there were at least 10 phone calls and 10 different meetings, as well as