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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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Ontario plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach impasse

June 3, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Projects underway across the province could face disruptions. Talks to reach a resolution are ongoing

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Younger generation gets chance to try out construction trades as industry stares down labour shortage

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—For three days earlier this month, thousands of Ottawa-area students got to try their hands at everything from real-life glass cutting and soldering to welding in virtual reality. Future Building 2019 rolled through the EY Centre in the Canadian capital

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Two Ottawa construction firms, site supervisors fined for death of worker on condo project site

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Two construction companies as well as a site supervisor with each firm have been fined a combined $677,500 for the death of a worker on an Ottawa condo project site just over three years ago. The victim was struck by

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12,000 Ontario plumbers, steamfitters on standby to strike, threatening construction work in province

May 29, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WHITBY, Ont.—Plumbers and steamfitters are prepared to hit the picket lines May 31 in what would be the sector’s first work stoppage in more than three decades. The imminent strike of 12,000 trades workers could threaten to shake up ongoing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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