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Ontario shies away from infrastructure stimulus, but stands pat on existing spending plans

June 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

Though no new funding has been set aside, Infrastructure minister Laurie Scott said the province has an aggressive pipeline of work

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Ontario issues two RFQs for new subway line, kick-starting $10.9B building project

June 2, 2020 by David Kennedy

Queen’s Park is barreling ahead with plans to get tunnel boring machines moving dirt beneath Toronto for a new subway line. Provincial transit agencies Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued request for qualifications for two P3 contracts tied to the

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Marco Group wraps up work on Newfoundland’s first P3 project, a new long-term care home in Corner Brook

March 2, 2020 On-Site Staff

Construction has officially wrapped up on new long-term care home in Corner Brook, N.L. The 120-bed facility is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first foray in the public-private partnership market and was built over about an approximately 28-month period starting in late

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Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown delayed until ‘well into’ 2022; Metrolinx blames construction team

February 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

The new light rail transit line crews are currently building along and under Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue will not open on schedule. Blaming the construction team for the delay, Metrolinx president and CEO, Phil Verster, said the Eglinton Crosstown won’t be

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Ottawa blames P3 partner as train shortage bedevils new transit line

January 22, 2020 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Riders on Ottawa’s problem-plagued light-rail system faced yet another day of turmoil Jan. 21, with trains out of service because their wheels weren’t round enough the latest in a string of problems that has delayed or shut down service. The

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2020 Construction Forecast: Positive momentum to continue, but industry needs to embrace change

December 18, 2019 David Kennedy

A steady stream of building projects in most regions of Canada, and particularly within its big urban centres, have kept the construction industry busy through the second half of 2019. Though concerns about how long growth can continue persist, much

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Methods to avoid fraud, mismanagement needed in Nova Scotia hospital project: auditor

December 13, 2019 Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general is raising concerns about inadequate safeguards to prevent fraud and mistakes in the largest capital project in the province’s history. In a report released Dec. 10, Michael Pickup delved into the management of the $2-billion health-care

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Construction starts on $640M Hwy. 401 road widening project from Mississauga to Milton, Ont.

November 30, 2019 On-Site Staff

The widening project covers 18 kilometres of busy highway from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton

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Early construction on Gordie Howe bridge progressing, footings for main towers to be installed over winter

November 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

All four of the $5.7 billion project’s main components, including the 2.5-kilometre bridge itself, are progressing simultaneously and on schedule

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Nova Scotia ditches P3 model for Cape Breton health centres

November 8, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has quietly reversed its funding plans for two new health centres to be built in Cape Breton. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says the government will now foot the bill, instead of participating in

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Crews complete $1.9B Regina Bypass on time, on budget after four years of work

October 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

The largest highway project ever undertaken in Saskatchewan includes 37 kilometres of new four-lane road and a dozen new interchanges

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Mobilinx consortium firms up $4.6B deal to build, maintain 18-kilometre Hurontario LRT

October 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

The 19-stop light rail line through Mississauga and Brampton is the latest in a series of big-ticket Toronto-area transit projects

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Ottawa’s opens new $2.1B light rail line after six years of construction

September 18, 2019 David Kennedy

OTTAWA—After half a dozen years of construction and several substantial delays to the original timeline, service launched last weekend on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line. “Today really is the result of years of planning and extremely hard work,” the city’s Mayor

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Ontario picks Mobilinx consortium to build $1.4 billion Hurontario LRT through Mississauga and Brampton

August 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA—Infrastructure Ontario and provincial transit agency Metrolinx have picked a P3 partner to take on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project. The Mobilinx consortium was named the preferred proponent for the transit infrastructure work Aug. 26, though the province and

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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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PCL consortium wins $1.5B contract to rebuild four-tower government complex in Toronto

August 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Infrastructure Ontario has awarded a contract for a major reconstruction project in downtown Toronto to a construction group led by Fengate Asset Management and PCL Constructors Inc. The government agency said Aug. 9 the Fengate PCL Progress Partners consortium will

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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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Nova Scotia begins search for construction team to take on $2B hospital redevelopment project

December 18, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has issued two requests for supplier qualifications for the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital complex. The province says it has begun the search for the team that will design, construct, finance and maintain

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EllisDon wins $239M contract for major rebuild of GO train station in Vaughan, Ont.

December 17, 2018 On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—A construction team led by EllisDon has won a $239 million contract to overhaul a GO Transit station just north of Toronto. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx announced last week that the EllisDon Infrastructure Transit construction consortium will design, build

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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