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Twenty-year plan for Canada’s infrastructure

November 20, 2012 by On-Site staff

How much time does Canada need to fix its current infrastructure? Twenty years, according to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM recommended that a 20-year plan with “predictable funding” is required to fix the country’s infrastructure. “A long-term

EllisDon was recently awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. Photo courtesy of EllisDon.
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EllisDon wins first managed services contract

November 16, 2012 by On-Site staff

EllisDon recently entered new territory, when the company was awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. The 650,000-sq.-ft. office building is owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and is located

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Membership fees set for College of Trades

November 15, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) has set its membership fees for 2013. The annual membership fees are broken down as follows:  Apprenticeship Class – $60Journeyperson Candidates Class – $60Tradespersons Class – $60Journeypersons Class – $120Employers/Sponsors Class – $120 (for

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Building construction booming in Halifax

November 14, 2012 by On-Site staff

Construction costs of materials and labour increased substantially in the Maritime provinces’ largest city in the third quarter of 2012. According to a recent Statistics Canada survey, Halifax experienced a 0.7-per cent increase (from 143.4 to 144.4) in the non-residential

Deere & Company chairman and CEO Sam Allen accepts the AEM Hall of Fame plaque from 2012 chair of the AEM and CEO of Krone, North America, Rusty Fowler.
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John Deere inducted into AEM Hall of Fame

November 13, 2012 by On-Site staff

John Deere (Deere & Company) is riding high after being named a 2012 inductee for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame. The company was chosen based on five criteria evaluated by an independent panel: innovation, industry contributions,

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RCCAO offers alternatives to landfilling soil

November 12, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), between 20-25 million cubic metres of excess soil are being excavated annually from construction sites across Ontario. The landfilling of this soil puts more trucks on the road increasing greenhouse gas emissions

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EllisDon receives slew of LEED certifications

November 9, 2012 by Staff Report

EllisDon celebrated six LEED certifications over the past few months. The projects contained a few firsts for EllisDon, including the first LEED Platinum project for the company in Eastern Canada. All projects were certified under CaGBC’s LEED Canada for New

ACCE building in Ottawa, Ont. Photo courtesy of Algonquin College.
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Algonquin construction centre LEEDing Eastern Canada

November 9, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) recently obtained LEED Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the first building to obtain LEED Platinum status in Eastern Canada. The $79-million facility built on Algonquin College’s Woodroffe Campus in

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RMCAO social media campaign underway

November 7, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) officially launched its social media campaign on Nov.7 to extend its reach within the construction industry and better serve its members. The RMCAO now offers industry professionals a chance to network with

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Building permit values down in September

November 6, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, total building permit values dropped 13.2 per cent to $6.5 billion in September, after experiencing a 9.5-per cent increase in August. Non-residential sector building permit values fell 30.8 per cent to $2.2 billion

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CCA announces new guide for cost predictability of construction projects

November 5, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has made a new guide designed to improve cost predictability of construction projects available on its website as a free download. The document, titled Guide to Cost Predictability in Construction: An Analysis of Issues Affecting

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RFQ issued for Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness

November 1, 2012 by On-Site staff

A request for qualifications has been issued to design, build, finance and maintain the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness in Brampton, Ont. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System issued the RFQ for the facility,

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WSIB premiums to increase in 2013

October 31, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will increase premiums by 2.5 per cent across the board in 2013 to help the organization manage $14.2 billion in unfunded liability. According to the WSIB website, the 2013 premium rate increase will assist

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Ontario College of Trades accepting ratio review submissions

October 30, 2012 by On-Site staff

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) is currently accepting written submissions regarding appropriate journeyperson-to-apprenticeship ratios for the following trades:  Group B-5: Roofer (Deadline: December 10, 2012 at 2 p.m.) Group B-6: Terrazzo tile and marble setter (Deadline: December 10, 2012

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EllisDon launches Uprising

October 29, 2012 by On-Site staff

EllisDon has launched Uprising, a crowdsourcing platform that has the potential to revolutionize construction problem solving. Uprising was created by EllisDon to “push problem-solving beyond the boundaries of any one company and into the collective intelligence of the world’s brightest

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VIDEO: Former Montreal engineer testifies at Charbonneau commission

October 25, 2012 by On-Site staff

A recent CBC News report covering the Charbonneau commission states that Gilles Surprenant, a former City of Montreal engineer that admittedly accepted $600,000 in bribes over a 20-year period, testified that reporting corruption to the police wasn’t his job and

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Average weekly earnings up in construction sector

October 25, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings in the construction sector were up 0.8 per cent in August to $1,144.43, when compared to the previous month ($1,135.26 in July 2012). Over the 12-month period, average weekly earnings

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EllisDon takes No. 2 spot for Aon Hewitt’s Top 50 Best Employers in Canada

October 23, 2012 by On-Site staff

Construction companies were well represented on Aon Hewitt’s Top 50 Best Employers in Canada for 2013. EllisDon took the No. 2 spot, while several other firms cracked the top 50, including PCL Constructors (No. 17), Clark Builders (No. 32), Cruickshank

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B.C. reaches agreements for highway maintenance through 2018-19

October 23, 2012 by On-Site staff

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently reached agreements with the B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association (BCRB) and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) for a five-year extension of 27 of the 28 provincial service area

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Non-residential building construction up in Q3 2012

October 22, 2012 by On-Site staff

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, investment in non-residential building construction increased 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2012 (Q3 2012) to $12.1 billion, when compared to the previous quarter. This marked the third consecutive quarterly increase.