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Construction labour market snaps four-month losing streak as employment surges in April

May 10, 2019 On-Site Staff

The industry added a full two per cent to its workforce between March and April, easily outpacing the overall economy

News LabourSoftware / Hardware

Combating the labour shortage with operational efficiency gains

April 15, 2019 Jason Barber

Contractors can optimize job site productivity and reduce the need for additional workers by using proven tools for planning and executing work

News LabourSkills Development

Ontario budget promises overhaul of apprenticeship, skilled trades system

April 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The scarcity of skilled workers across Ontario is no secret. Construction employers, among others, often face a serious challenge finding tradespersons to fill roles, resulting in project delays and higher costs. The 2019 Ontario budget, the first released under Premier

News ConstructionLabour

Construction loses 2,400 jobs in March, its fourth-straight decline

April 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The slump continues for the construction labour force. Statistics Canada released its monthly employment assessment April 5, revealing the construction industry’s fourth-straight month of job losses. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the sector shed about 2,400 positions in March, with employment

News Health & SafetyLabour

Ontario’s controversial Bill 66 to become law, big impact expected for construction markets in several cities

April 3, 2019 by David Kennedy

The controversial bill will reclassify certain cities as “non-construction” employers, opening the door for non-union contractors to bid on public jobs

News Health & SafetyLabour

Equipment transport firm fined for float trailer overturn that killed Brampton, Ont. worker in 2013

March 24, 2019 On-Site Staff

BRAMPTON, Ont.—A Toronto-area company that specializes in transporting heavy equipment is facing an $85,000 fine after an Ontario appeal judge sided with the crown in a case that involved a 2013 workplace death. The incident took place on May 25,

News FinancingLabour

Federal budget promises millions to promote skilled trades, outlines funding for job training programs

March 20, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—The federal government unveiled a series of new budgetary measures March 19 to encourage young people to enter the skilled trades. The Liberals plan to funnel $40 million over four years to Skills Canada under Budget 2019, with $10 million

Article Labour

From the editor: Bracing for a worker shortage

March 19, 2019 by David Kennedy

When waters start rising, prudent people shore up their levees. The Canadian construction industry faces more of a drought than a flood, but company leaders across the country need to start taking proactive steps to future-proof their businesses. 10 years

News ConstructionLabour

New code aims to increase number of women working in B.C. construction industry

March 11, 2019 Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Mary-Anne Bowcott says she still remembers the fear she felt when she overheard her co-workers talking about her while she was a roofer. It was violent enough to make her consider leaving the industry all together, like so many other

News ConstructionInfrastructureLabour

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

Article Health & SafetyLabourSkills Development

Bird’s eye view: The consequences of falls from heights demand a culture shift

February 19, 2019 Jillian Morgan

It may be time to rethink working at heights from the ground up. Though some provinces have welcomed a marginal decline in accidents, falls remain a leading cause of injury for tradespeople of all stripes across the country. The most

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Assessing the future: Job site robotics are quickly gaining ground

February 18, 2019 Jacob Stoller

In the 1959 sci-fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein introduced, perhaps for the first time, the concept of the powered exoskeleton — a motor-assisted armoured suit that gives its wearer superhuman strength. Since then, exoskeletons have shown up in countless

News LabourSkills Development

The impending shortage: Canadian construction industry has 300,000 jobs to fill over next decade

February 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

With hundreds of thousands of industry veterans set to hang up their hard hats, construction firms need to step up their recruitment efforts

News Labour

Construction industry shed 8,500 jobs in January, even as overall economy gained ground

February 8, 2019 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Employment in the Canadian construction industry dipped for the second-straight month in January, shedding 8,500 jobs, according to the latest Statistics Canada data. The 0.6 per cent seasonally adjusted decline from the month before occurred even as the overall economy

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructureLabour

End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

News ConstructionLabour

Business association hands out mock red tape ‘award’ to B.C. for union rules on public construction projects

January 24, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—British Columbia’s new framework for public infrastructure projects made the list of egregious regulatory restrictions across the country in the Canadian Federal of Independent Businesses annual ‘Paperweights.’ The Community Benefits Agreement, which requires construction firms working on provincial infrastructure projects

News ConstructionLabour

SNC-Lavalin cuts 100 Canadian jobs as politicians warn it’s vulnerable to foreign takeover

December 14, 2018 Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover. The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable

News ConstructionInfrastructureLabour

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

News Labour

Surge in job growth drives Canada’s unemployment rate down to new 40-year low

December 7, 2018 Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The construction industry also showed positive momentum last month, adding nearly 15,000 jobs

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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