On-Site Magazine

News

News ConstructionSkills Development

KPMG’s survey shows positive outlook for global construction industry

November 1, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors are optimistic about growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey 2013: Ready for the Next Big Wave. In Canada, the majority of respondents reported a backlog

News ConstructionConstruction MaterialsHeavy Equipment

Bobcat Company adds two new authorized dealers in southwestern Ontario

November 1, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Bobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with two new Carrier Centers locations in southwestern Ontario as authorized sales, service, parts and rental providers of Bobcat equipment. The dealerships are located at 1312 Plank Rd. in Sarnia, Ont. and 4880

News ConstructionSkills Development

BuildForce concerned TD report downplayed impending skilled trades shortages

October 30, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

BuildForce Canada is refuting a recent TD Economics report on shortages in Canada’s skilled trades, saying it may be masking the real and serious challenges facing the country’s construction industry.  BuildForce estimates that over the next 10 years more than

News ConstructionSkills Development

Funding approved for Canadian construction research institute

October 30, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Canadian Construction Association’s board of directors has approved financial support for the start up of a construction industry research institute. The institute, Canadian Construction Innovations (CCInnovations), will represent all sectors of the Canadian construction industry such as contractors, suppliers,

News ConstructionSkills Development

Construction professionals want new challenges, strong benefits, performance-based increases: Study

October 28, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The majority of construction professionals (60 per cent) say new challenges are the most important factors in terms of career progression and professional development. They are also looking for strong health and dental plans, and promotions and salary increases based

News ConstructionSkills Development

Toronto to host 2014 Skills Canada National Competition

October 28, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Toronto has been selected to host the 20th annual Skills Canada National Competition. The event brings together hundreds of Canada’s top skilled trade and technology students, all vying to be the best in the country and for the chance to

News ConstructionSkills Development

Canada’s top consulting, engineering firms honoured at prestigious awards gala

October 28, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Twenty-six awards were handed out at the 45th annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala—the highest recognition for excellence in the Canadian consulting engineering industry.  Held on Oct.22 at the Ottawa Convention Centre, the awards showcased projects ranging from extraordinary building

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Enbridge awards Aecon with $60M terminal expansion contract

October 28, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Aecon Group Inc. recently announced it has been awarded a $60-million construction contract by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. as part of Enbridge’s South Edmonton Terminal Expansion Project.  The project involves an expansion of the south portion of the existing Enbridge Terminal,

News ConstructionSkills Development

EllisDon president and CEO named 2013 Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

October 25, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

EllisDon president and CEO Geoff Smith received the 2013 Ontario EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award on Oct. 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from

News ConstructionSkills Development

Algonquin College, Calgary West LRT win top prize for design-build at CDBI awards

October 23, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Algonquin College Student Commons and the Calgary West LRT are the winners of the Canadian Design-Build Institute’s (CDBI) Award of Excellence program for 2013. The awards recognize outstanding Canadian projects that promote the use of the design-build delivery model. The

News ConstructionInfrastructureSkills Development

Feds award $15M engineering contract for St. Lawrence River bridge project to ARUP

October 22, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Government of Canada awarded a $15 million contract to ARUP Canada Inc. for engineering and coordination services for the new St. Lawrence River bridge. The work involves bridge, highway and traffic engineering, environmental protection, urban and corridor integration, architectural

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Subsidiaries of CVTech Group awarded $45M in new contracts

October 22, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

CVTech Group Inc. announced that three of its subsidiaries have been awarded five new contracts worth a total of $45 million. Thirau ltée won two contracts from Hydro-Québec for more than $21 million. The first, valued at $20.6 million, is for

News ConstructionInfrastructureLEED

Acciona, Stuart Olson lauded for construction of northern BC Hospital

October 21, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Acciona and consortium partner Stuart Olson received the gold award in the general contractor over $40 million category from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association for the Fort St. John Hospital and Residential Care Facility. The construction team were recognized for

News ConstructionInfrastructureRoads

NWT government to invest $222 million in infrastructure

October 21, 2013 by STAFF REPOR

The Northwest Territories government has earmarked $70 million for construction of a 135-km highway connecting the town of Inuvik and the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. That represents close to one third of the territorial government’s plans to invest $222 million in

News ConstructionSkills Development

Alarming number of workplace deaths leads to safety blitz

October 18, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN

Nine Ontario workplaces deaths since June has prompted the Ministry of Labour to launch a province-wide “fall safety blitz” of construction sites until the end of October.  The focus is on workers’ safety at heights, sloped roofing at low-rise residential

News BridgesConstructionInfrastructureP3s

Alternative financing and procurement recommended to repair Ontario’s bridges

October 17, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

A joint study by the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) and the Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) recommends exploring Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) to maintain Ontario’s bridges and culverts. The County of Wellington Bridge Study analyzed

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Ontarians pay majority of road infrastructure costs

October 17, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area paid almost $1 billion more in road taxes and fees from 2008 to 2010 than actual costs, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. And province-wide, more than $7.5 billion in

News ConstructionInfrastructureSkills Development

PCA says Enbridge’s pipeline reversal will benefit construction industry

October 16, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is throwing its support behind Enbridge’s proposed reversal of Line 9 because it believes the pipeline will help sustain jobs in the Canadian construction industry. The association filed a written argument to the National

News ConstructionSkills Development

B.C. Construction Association heading back to Ireland for recruits

October 15, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Facing a severe shortage in skilled tradespeople, the B.C. Construction Association is making its second recruiting trip to Ireland this year. It will be looking to hire 600 workers, and entice hundreds more, to uproot to Western Canada for jobs.

News ConstructionSkills Development

Tsawwassen First Nation, Maple Reinders to build sewer treatment plant

October 15, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Tsawwassen First Nation and Maple Reinders Inc. are partnering to construct a new sanitary sewer treatment plant, replacing an older one, to service Tsawwassen lands in British Columbia. The contract for the sanitary plant includes a sequence batch reactor