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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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Some provinces creating challenges for infrastructure projects: Trudeau

January 29, 2019 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Unco-operative provincial governments have been making the effort to get more infrastructure dollars into Canada’s cities a challenge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau, whose government has struggled to fulfill tens of billions worth of infrastructure commitments, made the

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‘Low-value’ construction projects delayed approval process, roll-out of federal infrastructure dollars, internal documents say

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A large number of small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program bogged down the approval process and delayed construction and spending, newly released documents show. An internal analysis obtained

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Infrastructure Bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

January 28, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects. In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about

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Alberta NDP warn opposition eying road tolls as infrastructure looms large in spring election

January 21, 2019 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney’s plan to build user-pay infrastructure if his party is elected can mean only one thing — tolls on roads. In a speech to energy producers in Edmonton, Notley suggested that recent comments

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Canada’s Arctic infrastructure must be fortified against climate change, study says

January 18, 2019 Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

The analysis shows vital infrastructure to the northern coast is under threat as temperatures rise and the permafrost supporting roads retreats

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Construction of $1.4B Calgary Cancer Centre on time, on budget as below-grade work continues

January 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—With four cranes overhead and 300 workers on-site, the largest infrastructure project in Alberta has begun taking shape. PCL Constructors Inc., which is overseeing the build, remains on time and on budget, according to the province’s Infrastructure ministry. Work began

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Ontario plans to start takeover of Toronto subway this spring, putting province in charge of future construction

January 11, 2019 Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s plans to take over Toronto’s subway system could begin to take shape this spring with the introduction of legislation that would start the complex process, the government said Thursday. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek said that while the

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No Infrastructure Bank money for public electricity grids, federal documents say

January 10, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A federal infrastructure agency created to finance new infrastructure — and alleviate the burden on the public purse — is not expected to back projects involving existing public electricity grids, newly released documents say. Many provinces need to upgrade their

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Feds open funding spigot for series of Ontario water infrastructure projects

January 9, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—A set of 10 water infrastructure projects ranging from a minor generator upgrade at Pelee Island’s wastewater plant to a multimillion-dollar lowering program in Halton Region are set to receive federal funding. Ottawa said Jan. 8 that it has set

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Liberals look to Infrastructure Bank to finance rural, remote broadband internet

January 2, 2019 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections. Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever

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Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure

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Federal minister feuds with new N.B. premier after dramatic project cuts

December 13, 2018 Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON—The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table. Dominic LeBlanc said the cuts announced earlier this week in

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Proposed Ontario bill aims to open tendering process to non-union construction firms

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—In its latest drive to “cut red tape” the new Ontario government has introduced a bill that would rewrite a more than 30-year-old stipulation that restricts certain cities, schools and hospitals to hiring unionized construction firms for infrastructure work. The

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Metrolinx doled out extra $237M to keep Eglinton Crosstown on schedule

December 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Nearly a quarter-billion dollars in extra funding from Ontario agency Metrolinx kept the largest transit infrastructure project in the country on track when construction began to fall behind schedule last year, according to a report released last week by Ontario

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Canadian construction outlook positive for 2019, but last year’s setbacks could cast a long shadow

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

With no rose-coloured glasses necessary, the outlook for the construction industry in 2019 remains positive, if somewhat tepid. Near-record employment, six-straight quarters of higher spending in the non-residential segment and progress on several major projects have bolstered confidence this fall

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Lean Construction: Getting past the silos

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, completed in 2015, is an award-winning facility featuring fully integrated digital infrastructure, compliance with LEED, a natural people-friendly environment and floor layouts that support Lean workflows. What’s not immediately obvious is the project’s diverse input from

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Integrated Asset Delivery: Risk management for the entire lifecycle

December 5, 2018 David Bowcott

In recent years there has been a resurgence of the Integrated Project Delivery model in the North American construction marketplace. This method traces its origins to the heyday of North Sea oil exploration, when owners, design firms and contractors created

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Alberta introduces bill on future infrastructure funding for Calgary, Edmonton

November 30, 2018 Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A proposed new deal to fund municipal infrastructure in Alberta’s two largest cities would tie future money to the rise and fall in provincial revenues and to the carbon tax. “(Calgary and Edmonton) are partners in growing Alberta’s economy and

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Ottawa promises legislation to ensure federal contractors are paid promptly

November 28, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The federal government has vowed to enact prompt payment legislation for government contractors in its latest fiscal update. Along with offering the industry faster capital depreciation on equipment, Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement released last week promised the new legislation that