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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Silica dust on the job site: Inconsistent regulations force the industry to play catch up

December 5, 2018 Jillian Morgan

It takes decades of breathing in the fugitive dust created by drilling, cutting and grinding concrete, stone and other materials containing crystalline silica for silicosis to scar and harden the lungs. The incurable disease is one of a handful caused

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ATCO joins Bird-led consortium building 4,500-person lodge for LNG Canada workforce

December 4, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—ATCO Ltd. has joined the construction team responsible for a major new workforce lodge linked to LNG Canada Inc.’s liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C. The Cedar Valley Lodge will house about 4,500 of the workers building the new

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Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers

November 24, 2018 Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The workers building the new $4.2-billion Champlain Bridge toil in difficult conditions, high above the St. Lawrence River. But one of their biggest challenges has been to find a clean—and heated—portable toilet on the work site. Quebec’s workplace safety board

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Construction groups launch survey to learn what keeps tradespeople satisfied

November 8, 2018 Residential Construction Council of Ontario

With almost 90,000 Ontario construction workers set to retire in the next 10 years, a group representing the province’s residential builders has sprung to action, launching a survey to learn what satisfies trades professionals day-to-day as they build the province

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Construction employment declines marginally in October

November 2, 2018 On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Approximately 3,400 fewer construction workers were on the job in October compared to a month earlier, mirroring 31 days of little change for the overall Canadian labour market. The small decline of 0.2 per cent for the construction industry compares

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500 workers sent home from Muskrat Falls job site; Nalcor blames pay trouble with contractor Astaldi

October 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility says it has directed the main contractor at the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric megaproject site to stop work. In an emailed statement Oct. 18, Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall says the move was made because

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Construction worker allegedly shot in back with nail gun on Nova Scotia job site

October 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs says race relations are improving in the province, but there is still a lot of work to do. Tony Ince made the comments last week after being asked about a young black

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Construction industry adds 28K new jobs in September after two months of decline

October 5, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

OTTAWA—The construction industry added 28,000 new jobs in September, entirely offsetting declines in the previous two months, according to the latest monthly Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Construction employment fell by 12,000 in July and and 16,000 in August.

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Labour-hungry construction industry puzzled over report of significant job losses

September 10, 2018 Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada said the sector shed thousands of jobs last month, running counter to stories of contractors scrounging to find workers

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Construction industry to face higher rates of worker shortages, sluggish sales: study

September 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Canada’s construction industry is one of a few sectors to be hit hardest by a decade of labour shortages and lower margins, according to a study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The study of small- and mid-size businesses

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Is your job site ready for recreational cannabis?

September 4, 2018 Laura Brazil and Paola Ramirez, McMillan LLP

Many contractors fear marijuana legalization will lead to increased impairment on construction sites. Here’s what you need to know to prepare

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Report details allegations of racism, poor camp conditions on Manitoba hydro project

August 30, 2018 Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A week after reports surfaced of decades-old abuse on hydro projects in Manitoba, a recent study into working conditions at a modern site has come to light. The new report details allegations of racism, sexual harassment and prison-like living conditions.

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Saskatoon contractor fined for worker injuring involving scissor lift that tumbled off trailer ramp

August 29, 2018 by David Kennedy

SASKATOON—Wright Construction Western Inc. was hit with a $70,000 fine last week for an incident that left one worker with serious injuries. According to Saskatchewan’s minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, the accident occurred in January of 2017 when

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Contractors challenge B.C.’s new hiring rules for infrastructure projects in court

August 28, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The Independent Contractors and Business Association is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to strike down the provincial government’s new hiring model for taxpayer-funded construction projects. The association filed a petition Aug. 27 with the court alongside several other building and