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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

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GDP down slightly in construction sector in April

June 29, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The gross domestic product (GDP) by industry report from Statistics Canada for April shows the construction sector down 0.1 per cent for the month, following a gain of 0.8 per cent in March. The decline was due to a drop

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Solid as a rock

June 28, 2012 by James Menzies

Mack Granite lives up to its name, reputation

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PCL recognizes 35 years of employee ownership

June 28, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

The PCL family of companies is recognizing the 35th anniversary of the organization’s employee-ownership business model. PCL Construction, originally Poole Construction Limited, was purchased from the Poole family on June 27, 1977. “This anniversary marks the single most important day

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EllisDon Corporation donates $25,000 to Inspiring Growth Capital Campaign

June 28, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

EllisDon Corporation has confirmed a $25,000 gift in support of the Sault College Inspiring Growth Capital Campaign. Their contribution will be directed towards the continued modernization of the campus facilities. “Sault College has a long and rich history of preparing

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Flynn Canada acquires Laurentian Insulations

June 28, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Flynn Canada Ltd. has acquired the business of Laurentian Insulations 1982 Ltd. in Sudbury, Ont. Laurentian has a long history in the glazing and metal products business in the Northern Ontario area. This combined with the fact that Flynn Canada

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Average weekly earnings up 6.9 per cent in construction sector

June 28, 2012 by Andrew Snook

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.0 per cent in April 2012 to $896.63, when compared to the previous month. Over the 12-month period, average weekly earnings grew 3.1 per cent,

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Vale Breaks Ground on Historic $2B Clean AER Project

June 25, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Joined by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, government cabinet ministers, community leaders, local residents and employees, Vale officially broke ground on its $2-billion “Clean AER Project”, one of the largest single environmental investments in Ontario’s history. The Clean AER Project, where

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Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Announces Winners of the 2012 CISC National Steel Design Awards

June 21, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) announced the winners of its biennial National Steel Design Awards competition during its Annual General Meeting & Convention in Ottawa last week. The prestigious CISC National Steel Design Awards are open to architects,

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Low Level Road Project approved for construction

June 20, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

North Shore travellers can look forward to $100 million in transportation improvements to the Low Level Road by spring 2014, as Port Metro Vancouver confirmed June 19 that the project will proceed to construction, following approval from City of North