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To mark the groundbreaking of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto, 50,000 LEGO bricks were dumped on the ground. The $12 million, 34,000-sq.-ft. centre is expected to open in the spring of 2013. Image courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.
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Vote to build LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto’s MINILAND

December 19, 2012 by On-Site staff

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto has announced the top 20 finalists for its Toronto MINILAND, where the top 10 Toronto-based landmarks will be replicated using LEGO bricks and put on display. The top 20 finalists for Toronto MINILAND are: – CN

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Construction underway for $132M York Region transit facility

December 19, 2012 by On-Site staff

Politicians at the federal, provincial and municipal levels came out to celebrate the start of construction for a $132 million York Region transit facility being built in Richmond Hill, Ont. The facility will maintain and store York Region Transit/Viva transit

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College of Trades accepting ratio review submissions for Group D

December 18, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades is accepting written submissions regarding appropriate journeyperson-to-apprenticeship ratios for the following trades:  Group D-17: Drywall, acoustic & lathing operator; Drywall finisher and plasterer (Deadline: February 1, 2013 at 2 p.m.) Group D-18: Electrician: construction and

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers' international headquarters in Burnaby, B.C., was recently awarded LEED Gold certification in the new construction category. Photo courtesy of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.
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Ritchie Bros. HQ goes golden

December 17, 2012 by On-Site staff

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers’ international headquarters in Burnaby, B.C., was recently awarded LEED Gold certification in the new construction category. The 164,000-sq.-ft. commercial office building currently houses more than 400 employees, as well as a corporate child-care centre, fitness facility and

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RFQ issued for St. Michael’s Hospital redevelopment project

December 14, 2012 by On-Site staff

A request for qualifications has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario and St. Michael’s Hospital to design, build and finance a new 17-storey patient-care tower at the corner of Queen Street and Victoria Street, as well as renovate approximately 150,000 sq.

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Bird Construction buys Nason Contracting Group

December 13, 2012 by On-Site staff

Bird Construction announced it is acquiring Nason Contracting Group Ltd. for $12.8 million, plus $500,000 in closing costs. Nason, a multi-discipline construction company operating throughout Western Canada, has focused on the municipal water and wastewater treatment market for more than

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UPDATE: College of Trades accepting ratio review submissions for Group C

December 12, 2012 by On-Site staff

Plumbers, steamfitters, HVAC/R mechanics, residential sheet metal installers and sheet metal workers now included

The Ladder Association, the U.K.-based trade body responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, started a competition on Sept. 1, 2012, to raise awareness of unsafe ladder practices. Image provided by The Ladder Association.
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U.K. Ladder Association names biggest “ladder idiot”

December 12, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ladder Association, the U.K.-based trade body responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, started a competition on Sept. 1, 2012, to raise awareness of unsafe ladder practices. The association asked the public to submit photos

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Building permit values up in October

December 11, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, building permit values jumped 15 per cent, to approximately $7.5 billion in October, when compared to the previous month. The increase follows a 12.7-per-cent decline in September. Non-residential construction intentions were up 50.3

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New Federal Skilled Trades Program kicks off in 2013

December 10, 2012 by On-Site staff

A new program will be launched in the new year to help tackle Canada’s upcoming shortage of skilled tradespeople. Immigration Canada’s new Federal Skilled Trades Program will begin on Jan. 2, 2013, and will except upwards of 3,000 applications in

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Construction employment down in November

December 10, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, employment in the construction sector was down 0.7 per cent in November (approximately 8,400 jobs) when compared to October. Over the 12-month period from November 2011 to November 2012, employment in the sector

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New Port Mann Bridge opens to public

December 5, 2012 by On-Site staff

On Dec. 1, commuters in the Coquitlam, B.C. area began enjoying their drive across eight-lanes of the 10-lane Port Mann Bridge, designed to significantly reduce commute times and accommodate regular transit service across the bridge for the first time in

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PCL makes top 10 admired corporate cultures

December 5, 2012 by On-Site staff

The PCL family of companies recently added to its vast list of awards and achievements, when it was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 most admired corporate cultures for 2012 in the enterprise category (organizations with more than $500 million

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Aecon receives Certificate of Recognition in Ontario from IHSA

December 4, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) recently presented Aecon with the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Ontario. According to the IHSA website, companies that obtain the COR certification have the ability to “demonstrate to buyers of construction that their

A contract launch event was held on Nov. 30 for Phase 2 of the Port Hope Project. From left: Sandra Young, regional director, acquisition and compensation for Public Works & Government Services Canada; Greg Stack, vice-president, business development and design for Kenaidan Contracting, Mississauga; Rick Norlock, MP Northumberland-Quinte West; Port Hope Mayor Linda Thompson and Port Hope Area Initiative Management Office Port Hope Project director Walter van Veen. Image courtesy of Port Hope Area Initiative management office.
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Phase 2 of Port Hope Project underway

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

The second phase of the Port Hope Project recently began, with the construction of the $22-million Water Treatment Plant construction contract underway. The contract, which includes site clearing and road upgrades, was awarded to Mississauga, Ont.-based Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. The

Members of the Toronto International Film Festival team pose for a photo after being awarded the Ontario Concrete Award for the Mid to High Rise Residential category on Nov. 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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Concrete champions

November 30, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario Concrete Awards took place on Nov. 28, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during Construct Canada and honoured innovative concrete-related design and construction across the province. Award winners Architectural Merit – Rotman School of Management Expansion Location:

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SNC-Lavalin responds to arrest of former CEO

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

SNC-Lavalin recently responded to the arrest of its former CEO Pierre Duhaime. The Montreal-based engineering firm released this statement on Nov. 28 in response to Duhaime’s arrest: “We have just been informed of the arrest of Pierre Duhaime. We have

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Takeuchi names new dealer in Manitoba

November 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

Atlanta-based Takeuchi has added AgCon Equipment to its North American dealer network. AgCon will represent the company’s full line of compact earthmoving equipment from its offices in Springfield, Man. AgCon can be contacted at: (202) 255-4772 or visit www.agconequipment.ca Takeuchi

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Average weekly earnings down in September

November 28, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings from employees within the construction sector fell 0.5 per cent in September when compared to the previous month. Construction sector employees had average weekly earnings of  $1,143.82 in September, compared

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buildingSMART alliance to collaborate with Canadian chapter on BIM Standards

November 26, 2012 by Institute for BIM in Canada

OTTAWA, November 26, 2012 – In an effort to collaborate on the development of building information modeling (BIM) standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART Canada, a Council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC),