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Citizenship and Immigration Canada proposes changes to fast-track skilled tradespersons

April 11, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is planning on getting skilled tradespersons into Canada faster. Jason Kenney, Minister of the CIC, announced on April 10 that the Ministry will be “transforming Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused

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Two additional groups in effect for Ontario College of Trades ratio reviews

April 10, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario College of Trades’ journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio reviews are now in effect for two additional groups: Group A-3: Precast concrete erector; precast concrete finisher.Group A-4: Cement concrete finisher; cement mason. The college stated that its open and transparent review of

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eTools for concrete

April 9, 2012 by Ross Monsour

The world is changing as fast as you can send an email. Technology is pushing the boundaries on accounting, social media, project management, cell phones, data transfer, maintenance and applications too numerous to mention. In order to keep abreast of these

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Building permits up 7.5 per cent in February

April 9, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Total building permits values jumped 7.5 per cent to $6.5 billion in February, after experiencing an 11.4-per cent decline in January. The boost in total value of permits was due to a 36.2-per cent increase in the non-residential sector to $2.5 billion,

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Graham Group Ltd. awarded Moose Jaw Regional Hospital contract

April 5, 2012 by Corinne Lynds

Graham Group Ltd.’s Regina operating branch was recently awarded the $103.8-million regional hospital project in Saskatchewan. Graham will work with a consortium of firms in lean design and integrated project delivery to design-build the patient and family-centred hospital. The facility

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Ontario College of Trades ratio reviews in effect

April 4, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Ontario College of Trades recently announced that its journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio reviews are in effect. The college stated that its open and transparent review of these ratios is a vital step for promoting fairness and safety in the workplace. Review

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Feds issue RFP for a new bridge for the St. Lawrence

April 3, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Government of Canada officially sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. The bridge will replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Que., which is the busiest

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CCA supports feds deficit reduction measures

April 2, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has offered its support for recent measures taken by the federal government to eliminate the federal and infrastructure deficits. The CCA recently stated it was pleased with announcements made by the federal government regarding budget

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Lafarge appoints senior leaders for Canadian operations

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Lafarge Group has appointed its president and CEOs for Canadian operations. René Thibault has been hired to oversee Canada’s four western provinces (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) as well as the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, while Bob

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Recycled concrete pipes find new home…for tourists

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

A hotel in the village of Tepozitan, Morelos, Mexico has found a new home for recycled concrete pipes. The Tubohotel offers 20 rooms to Tepozitan tourists made entirely from the recycled pipes and come equipped with a queen-sized bed, desk

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Ontario’s construction industry to experience significant labour demands over next nine years

March 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Approximately 120,000 construction workers will need to be recruited over the next nine years, according to the Construction Sector Council’s (CSC) forecast for Ontario’s construction industry. The CSC’s report, Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for Ontario, states

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Construction employment continues to break records in PEI

March 27, 2012 by CNW

Prince Edward Island will see continued investment in utilities and commercial, industrial and institutional building projects over the next decade or so, and construction employment will grow beyond record levels. That’s a key finding in the Construction Sector Council’s (CSC)

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New projects, outside competition and retirements impact demand for construction workers in Nova Scotia

March 27, 2012 by CNW

The recent federal shipbuilding contract and other large non-residential projects are creating new opportunities for Nova Scotia’s construction industry. Industry leaders are taking steps now to deal with new opportunities in some industrial and engineering-related trades, basing their plans on

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New Brunswick construction industry prepares for next decade of building

March 27, 2012 by CNW

With careful planning, the New Brunswick construction industry should be able to draw on its own workforce to meet labour requirements for most of the next decade. Construction Looking Forward, 2012 to 2020 Key Highlights for New Brunswick says the

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Strong employment opportunities for construction workers in Newfoundland and Labrador

March 27, 2012 by CNW

The construction workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador will swell over the next several years as major resource projects get underway. Major projects in electric utilities, mining and offshore oil will be the key drivers of non-residential construction employment. Between 2012

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SNC-Lavalin signs $133-million contract with Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

March 21, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Montreal, Que.-based SNC-Lavalin recently signed a $133-million project management contract with Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) for the Delta Caribe Oriental Project, located in the Sucre State in northeastern Venezuela. The project is comprised of four offshore gas fields; Dragon, Patao, Mejillones and Rio

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Volvo Construction Equipment forms alliance with Carlson Paving Products

March 21, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Volvo Construction Equipment and Carlson Paving Products have entered into an agreement that will increase the number of screed options available for Volvo pavers. Carlson will update the design to the Wedge-Lock screed in addition to offering manufacturing and field

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CDAO fears cuts to infrastructure funding in upcoming budget

March 20, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) recently voiced concerns over comments from Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan stemming from questions regarding the Ontario Liberal government’s budget, set to be tabled on March 27, 2012. Duncan had told reporters

The World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo both took place from March 13 to 15 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.
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Record numbers at World of Asphalt and AGG1 2012

March 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Two tradeshows recently teamed up and paved their way to record numbers for attendee registrations, exhibit space, exhibitors and education session tickets sold. The World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo both took place from

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And the CCA awards go to…

March 15, 2012 by Corinne Lynds

Recipients of the Canadian Construction Association’s National Awards Program were recognized at the 94th annual conference in Savannah, GA. The awards program recognizes outstanding individuals, associations and firms that represent the Canadian construction industry. The following awards were presented at