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Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) president Chris Lorenc poses for a photo alongside Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and infrastructure stakeholders at the LTIP roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Photo courtesy of the MHCA.
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MHCA emphasizes importance of infrastructure programs

July 19, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Permanent, long-term infrastructure programs (LTIP) are good for Canada. That was the message from the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) at a recent roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Industry stakeholders discussed the possibility of a permanent LTIP, which would extend beyond

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Calling all crews: show off your best project in concrete or masonry to win a trip to WOC 2013

July 17, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Commercial construction and masonry crews have another chance at bragging rights for the Crews That Rock competition, which will honour the winners at World of Concrete 2013 (WOC). Concrete construction and masonry workers’ submit their most outstanding projects to the

New Brunswick's Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams, along with other local politicians and school district officials recently took part in a sod-turning ceremony to mark the construction of a $22.7-million francophone school in Moncton, N.B. (From left) Marc Pelletier, future principle of the school; Moncton Mayor Georges LeBlanc; Ernest Thibodeau, chair of the District 1 Education Council; Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams; Adle Landry, Lonie Post and Madeleine Landry, three future students of the school; Moncton-Crescent MLA John Betts; Wade AuCoin, a member of the parent's committee; and Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais. Photo courtesy of New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
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Foulem Construction Lte wins bid to build $22.7-M francophone school in Moncton, N.B.

July 17, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The City of Moncton, N.B. will have a new school for the 2013-14 school year. New Brunswick’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams, along with Moncton Crescent MLA John Betts, Mayor of Moncton Georges LeBlanc, and various school district officials

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Non-residential building construction investment up in Q2 2012

July 17, 2012 by Andrew Snook

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, increased investment in commercial and industrial components pushed non-residential building construction up to $11.2 billion in the second quarter of 2012, for an increase of 1.8 per cent. The increase follows three consecutive

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Orange Zone safety hits airwaves in Saskatchewan

July 17, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Province of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure launched its campaign to remind motorists to slow down to 60 km/hr in Orange Zone during the highway construction season. To listen to the Ministry’s new radio ad, click here.

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PCL launches My Legacy hiring campaign

July 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The PCL Family of Companies recently launched a new recruitment campaign to assist the company in meeting its current and future employment needs. The My Legacy campaign is designed to create a unified voice for the company’s recruitment efforts and

Agrium Inc. president and CEO Michael Wilson helps kick off the sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the new Agrium Western Event Centre at the Stampede Park in Calgary, Alta. on July 8. (From L to R) Michael Casey, Calgary Stampede chairman and president, Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance), Michael Wilson, Premier of Alberta Alison Redford, Vern Kimball, Calgary Stampede CEO. Photo courtesy of Agrium Inc.
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$42.6M Agrium Western Event Centre set for construction at Stampede Park

July 13, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Members of the Calgary Stampede, the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and Agrium Inc. assembled for a ceremonial sod turning to mark the start of construction of the Agrium Western Event Centre in Calgary, Alta. on July 8.

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Back on track: LEED Canada certification backlog eliminated

July 13, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada’s certification process experienced a significant backlog in 2010, but since that time the CaGBC have implemented a variety of initiatives to get the process back on track. “I’m happy to say

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International Power Canada’s $50M solar project underway in Brockville, Ont.

July 11, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Sunnier days may be ahead for Brockville, Ont. residents, courtesy of International Power Canada (IPC). The independent power generation company announced on July 6 that construction began at the Brockville Solar project in the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley in Leeds County,

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EllisDon expands western reach with purchase of PME Group of Companies

July 11, 2012 by Andrew Snook

EllisDon announced the purchase of the Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.-based PME Group of Companies on July 10, expanding its civil services across Canada, particularly out west. The company performs civil site work and general construction services for the oil and gas

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Canada and U.K. team up to upgrade CFB Suffield

July 10, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Canada and the United Kingdom are working together to upgrade Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield in southeastern Alberta. The two countries are investing a total of $17.3 million to build a fire hall building, range control facility and various other

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Construction employment down slightly in June

July 6, 2012 by Andrew Snook

According to Statistics Canada’s recent labour force survey, the construction sector experienced little change in employment levels, down approximately 3,000 jobs, or 0.2 per cent, in June. Despite the decline, employment in the construction sector over the 12-month period was

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Building permit values hit five-year high in May

July 6, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Municipalities issued $7.0 billion worth of building permits in the month of May, for an increase of 7.4 per cent when compared to April 2012, when permits declined by 4.4 per cent. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the

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Blitz targets construction sites with cranes

July 6, 2012 by Submitted by the Ontario Ministry of Labour

A 3,000-kg load of concrete descends from a tower crane into a busy intersection during rush hour. A mobile crane graces an overhead power line, electrocuting the crane operator. A tower crane tips over and crushes a worker. These catastrophic

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Bird Construction Inc. wins $95 Million Alberta Public Safety and Law Enforcement Training Centre contract

July 6, 2012 by Staff Report

Alberta Infrastructure has awarded Bird Construction with a contract to construct the new Alberta Public Safety and Law Enforcement Training Centre located in Fort Macleod, Alberta.  The centre will be built on 320 acres of land in the southeast corner

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Cone Zone campaign underway in B.C.

July 5, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Work Zone Safety Alliance launched its 2012 Cone Zone campaign on July 3, an initiative designed to increase driver awareness when driving near roadside workers. The campaign promotes reducing speed, avoiding driver distractions and respecting the roadside at construction

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PCL wins bid for sports complex for 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

July 5, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 team will design, build and finance the construction of a facility that will house the aquatics centre and field house and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO); all in time for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan

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RFP issued to three companies for Humber College project

July 5, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Infrastructure Ontario sent out a request for proposals (RFP) to Integrated Team Solutions, PCL Contractors Canada Inc. and SNC Lavalin Capital for the design, build and finance of the Learning Resource Commons for Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced

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Campaign to close the Ontario College of Trades continues to grow

July 3, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Two more associations have joined the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition campaign to get the provincial government to shut down the Ontario College of Trades. With the addition of the Heavy Construction Association of Regional Niagara and the Hamilton & District

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Apprenticeship training program registrations hit record level

July 3, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Bring on the apprenticeship training. According to a recent Statistics Canada report, Canada experienced its highest level of apprenticeship training registration in 2010. In 2010, there were 430,452 registrations for apprenticeship training nationwide, up 5.2 per cent (409,041 registrations) from