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Work camp builder Horizon North moves further into modular construction with Ontario acquisition

March 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Horizon North Logistics Inc., an Alberta-based firm best know as a provider of temporary work camps, is expanding its presence both in eastern Canada and in the modular construction market with a new acquisition. Horizon North said earlier this month

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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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SNC-Lavalin CEO says he never cited job losses in push for remediation agreement

March 20, 2019 by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The chief executive of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the company should be granted a remediation agreement to avoid a criminal trial on allegations it paid millions of dollars

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N.S. to spend another $22.3 million on ferry including renos to Maine terminal

March 20, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says it will fund renovations of a ferry terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine, at an expected cost of $8.5-million. It will also provide another $13.8 million to the privately owned ferry service for its 2019-20 operations.

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In pre-election budget, Liberals look to speed up infrastructure spending by offing cash directly to cities

March 20, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The $2.2 billion in extra funding is designed to pay for roads, bridges, water systems and other local infrastructure

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Alberta spending $478M to add lanes, upgrade interchanges on busy Deerfoot Trail

March 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary. The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of

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Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

March 19, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier

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Liberal-dominated justice committee ends SNC-Lavalin probe amid opposition howls

March 19, 2019 by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal-dominated justice committee of the House of Commons pulled the plug March 19 on its probe of the SNC-Lavalin affair, prompting fresh howls of opposition outrage and a walkout by Conservative MPs from the government’s budget presentation later in

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Canada’s new tax rules: A game changer for construction companies looking for improved performance and productivity

March 19, 2019 by Steve Nielsen, executive vice-president and CFO, Finning International

The 2017 changes to U.S. tax law set Canada’s construction industry reeling, challenging an already resource tapped industry to stay competitive. Deeply tied with the American economy, those in the industry in Canada realized any changes to the U.S. tax

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Aecon, Graham and Broccolini among On-Site’s Construction Photo Contest finalists

March 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

From transit infrastructure and bridge construction, to residential and commercial development work, the incredible diversity of the country’s construction industry is on full display in On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest Top Five Finalists. Taken by both professional photographers and

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RAM 1500 ages like a fine wine

March 18, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

While RAM, which at the time was still a Dodge, may have been one of the first to introduce a ‘semi’ truck looking front end to its pick-up truck, it is now the norm. Just look at the grilles on

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WSP ordered to pay fine for bid rigging on Quebec contracts as it bolsters backlog to $7.7B

March 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Engineering firm WSP Global Inc. has been ordered to pay $4 million for bid-rigging on municipal infrastructure contracts in Quebec, according to the Competition Bureau. Canada’s competition watchdog said March 13 the payment is part of a settlement filed with

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B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12 storey wood buildings

March 14, 2019 by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

OKANAGAN FALLS, B.C.—The height limit for wood buildings in British Columbia is rising to 12 from six storeys in a move that Premier John Horgan expects to spur development using timber and give the province a headstart on other parts

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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed

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Feds back $500M BMO Centre expansion project with $166M contribution

March 13, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has backed a $500 million mega-project to double the size of Calgary’s largest convention centre. Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne was in the city March 12 to announce Ottawa’s $166.6 million contribution to expand the BMO Centre, which

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Nova Scotia set to regulate coastal construction as sea levels rise

March 13, 2019 by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future. Environment Minister Margaret Miller says the new Coastal Protection Act will ensure

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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

March 11, 2019 by 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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Here’s what a 10-year ban on federal contract bids would mean for SNC-Lavalin

March 11, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

One analyst says the damage to the company’s reputation would likely overshadow the lack of federal work, but the financial cost would also be considerable

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SNC-Lavalin picked to build next $660M leg of Ottawa’s light rail transit system

March 7, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa. The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an