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Construction sector leads 12-month average weekly earnings increases

April 26, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The construction sector is leading year-over-year average wage increases for non-farm payroll employees in Canada. According to a recent report by Statistics Canada, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 1.8 per cent, over the 12 months leading

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B.C. commits to 18 infrastructure improvement projects in northwest

April 25, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Province of British Columbia recently announced it is investing $25.8 million to improve various highways in northwestern B.C. The highway infrastructure funding will be spread across 18 different projects, with the largest one being the resurfacing of approximately 34

Glenn Case, the Port Hope Area Initiative's manager of project engineering, speaks at the site of the new long-term waste management facility in Port Hope, Ont. during a media day on April 18, 2012. The facility is expected to have a containment capacity of 1.9 million cubic metres of low-level radioactive waste.
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Port Hope water treatment plant bidding begins in May

April 24, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Bidding for Port Hope’s new water treatment plant, one of several multi-million dollar contracts for the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI), is set to kick-off this May. According to Glenn Case, PHAI’s manager of project engineering, the contract for the

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Bot Construction Group wins ORBA Green Leadership and Sustainability Award

April 22, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Bot Construction Group has likely made other construction companies within Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry green with envy. The Oakville, Ont.-based company was recently named the 2012 Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Green Leadership and Sustainability Award winner. The award is

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Non-residential construction up 0.7 per cent in Q1 2012

April 20, 2012 by Andrew Snook

According to Statistics Canada, non-residential building construction investment rose by 0.7 per cent to $11.1 billion in the first quarter of 2012, when compared to the previous quarter. The increase follows two consecutive quarters of decline, driven by increases in

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Holcim Canada launches Together for Communities initiative

April 19, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Holcim Canada is offering up its 3,000 Canadian employees to communities across the country. As part of the 100-year anniversary celebrations of its parent company, Holcim Ltd., employees will be volunteering one workday to relevant causes in their local communities

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Canada will need 319,000 new construction workers from 2012-2020

April 19, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Canada’s construction industry will continue to have record high levels of employment over the next decade, according to the Construction Sector Council’s (CSC) latest forecast of labour supply and demand. The CSC’s national summary report, Construction Looking Forward, 2012-2020 Key

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$589M in Manitoba’s 2012 budget committed to roads and bridges

April 18, 2012 by Andrew Snook

A 2.5-per-cent hike in gasoline taxes will help fuel a sizeable portion of the Province of Manitoba’s budget this year, committed to renewing and improving roads and bridges across the province. On April 18, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger announced that

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PCL to build $10-million facility in Nisku, Alta.

April 18, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The PCL family of companies is expanding in Alberta. The contracting firm recently announced plans to expand its industrial headquarters in Nisku, Alta., with a new $10-million facility. PCL president and COO Heavy Industrial, Peter Stalenhoef stated that continued growth

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Round four for PPP Canada proposals underway

April 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Public-Private Partnerships Canada launched its fourth call for proposals for the P3 Canada fund today. The organization is hoping to encourage provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities. In this

Cecilia Padilla was recently named the new president of On Center Software.
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On Center Software appoints new president

April 16, 2012 by Andrew Snook

Cecilia Padilla has been named the new president of On Center Software. Padilla has been with the company since 2008, when she was hired for the role of vice-president. She played a vital role in introducing Digital Production Control patented

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VIA Rail’s Vancouver Station restoration project is complete

April 13, 2012 by Andrew Snook

All aboard! A celebration for the completion of the $6.9-million VIA Rail restoration project for its heritage train station in Vancouver, B.C., took place on April 13, with Minister of State (Transport) Steven Fletcher, Wai Young, MP South Vancouver and

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eTools for concrete

April 12, 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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Strongco to offer Terex Finlay products in Ontario and Alberta

April 12, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The Strongco Corporation announced today that it would become the exclusive dealer for Terex Finlay mobile crushing and screening equipment in Ontario and Alberta.  Strongco stated that it has entered into an agreement with Terex USA LLC, and will offer

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Global construction equipment sales up 25 per cent in 2011

April 12, 2012 by Andrew Snook

The KHL Group’s annual Yellow Table survey is out, and it shows record sales in global construction equipment. The survey states that overall equipment sales for the 50 largest construction equipment manufacturers grew by 25 per cent in 2011 to

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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