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Road rage: Albert roadbuilders feud with province over $500M deal involving B.C. firm

July 19, 2018 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A battle is revving up between the Alberta government and its roadbuilders over reports that more than $500-million worth of road maintenance contracts are being given to a firm in British Columbia. The Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association says

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Trudeau shuffles cabinet, swapping out Sohi on infrastructure file

July 18, 2018 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet, shuffling six ministers to new portfolios and promoting five other MPs to his front benches in a bid to boost the profile of his team. Trudeau aims to bolster Canada’s bid

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

July 18, 2018 by Corey Williams, The Associated Press

DETROIT—U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will bring. A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge was

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Aecon JV wins $282M contract for work on Enbridge Line 3 replacement project

July 18, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A joint venture between Aecon Group Inc. and Ontario-based Robert B. Somerville Co. has won a $282 million contract to construct part of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline in Manitoba. The scope of the work encompasses two sections, known

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Trudeau announces federal funding for $285M highway-twinning project in N.S.

July 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SUTHERLANDS RIVER, N.S.—Safety-related upgrades to a section of Highway 104 in northeast Nova Scotia has received $90 million from the federal government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the contribution Tuesday in Sutherlands River, N.S. The Government of Nova Scotia will

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Unassuming industrial building in Prince George, B.C., earns record for most airtight

July 17, 2018 by Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.—The Wood Innovation Research Lab in Prince George, B.C., appears to be nothing more than a modern cedar and black-metal building, but look past the cladding and you’ll find an engineering feat that has earned it the recognition

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Construction starts on temporary replacement for collapsed bridge in Port Bruce, Ont.

July 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

PORT BRUCE, Ont.—Construction is underway on a temporary span to replace Imperial Road bridge in Port Bruce, Ont., which collapsed late February after heavy rain and snowmelt flooded the region. A gravel-filled dump truck was driving across the 54-year-old concrete

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B.C. government sets out new hiring rules for provincial infrastructure projects

July 17, 2018 by Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press

The province says the initiative will add more under-represented groups to the workforce, but critics say it will simply benefit unions and drive up costs

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Aecon wins $248M contract to rehabilitate aging stretch of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway

July 13, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Aecon Group Inc. has won a major contract with the City of Toronto to carry out rehabilitation work on the Gardiner Expressway that runs along the city’s waterfront. The $248 million deal includes replacing the full superstructure of the elevated

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Nova Scotia spaceport submits report for environmental assessment

July 12, 2018 by The Canadian Press

CANSO, N.S.—Canada’s first commercial spaceport has submitted its proposal for environmental assessment, and is now awaiting approval from Nova Scotia’s environment minister to begin construction on the site that is expected launch its first rocket in 2021. The environmental assessment

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‘Pothole Man’: The hero Newfoundland needs?

July 11, 2018 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

For years, bright orange paint has ringed potholes in north-central Newfoundland. For years, locals and tourists alike assumed the province was behind the colourful warnings

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CN Rail to spend $315M to upgrade Ontario operations

July 11, 2018 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—CN Rail says it plans to invest about $315 million in Ontario this year to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province. The company says planned projects include upgrades at CN’s intermodal terminal in Brampton northwest of

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Only land link to Churchill, Man. may be sold and revived: rail company

July 10, 2018 by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

CHURCHILL, Man.—The company that owns a broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba says talks to sell the line and restore it are back on. Hudson Bay Railway says negotiations with a consortium of northern communities resumed on Monday

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Quebec-based contractor Broccolini to build sprawling new Amazon fulfillment centre in Ottawa suburbs

July 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Online retail giant Amazon has revealed plans to build a one million sq. ft. fulfillment centre just east of Ottawa. The Orléans, Ont. facility will become Amazon’s fifth in the province and employ some 600 workers when it opens in

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Construction employment jumps after two months of decline

July 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

The industry roared back to life in June, adding tens of thousands of new jobs

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Feds, Alberta announce combined $77M for Calgary Airport Trail expansion

July 9, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The federal government has contributed $50 million to complete an expansion of Airport Trail, a corridor that connects Calgary International Airport with the city’s northeast. A new segment of Airport Trail will be constructed between 36 Street NE and 60

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Feds contribute $53M to improve roads on U.S.-Saskatchewan trade corridor

July 6, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

WEYBURN, Sask.—The federal government announced a contribution of $53.3 million Thursday for a series of highway construction projects in Saskatchewan, which aim to strengthen a “key” trade corridor that connects the province to the U.S. The projects involve construction of

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Construction on over $1B project to complete last leg of Calgary ring road scheduled for 2019

July 6, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

CALGARY—The west leg of Calgary’s ring road will undergo construction in 2019, signalling the end of a decades-long plan to complete a 101-kilometre freeway around the city. Premier Rachel Notley and Minister of Transportation Brian Mason announced the infrastructure project

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Ex Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso gets four year prison term

July 5, 2018 by The Canadian Press

LAVAL, Que.—Former Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso received a four-year prison term on Thursday following his conviction on fraud and corruption charges. A jury recently found Accurso guilty on all five charges he was facing stemming from a municipal corruption

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Feds pick construction team for multibillion-dollar Gordie Howe bridge project

July 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

The WDBA has tapped a preferred proponent to design, build, operate and maintain the major P3 project