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Neil Bruce takes over leadership at SNC-Lavalin
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SNC-Lavalin CEO steps aside as board eyes new direction for ailing firm

June 11, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce’s tenure as CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. came to an end June 11, capping off a near four-year stint marked by a 42 per cent plunge in share price and a political controversy tied to an ongoing corruption

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On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

June 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

Our annual report highlighting the 40 largest construction companies in the country

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Ontario infrastructure needs more funding from feds, province for economy to maintain momentum: report

June 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—About a year into its tenure, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford has not been shy about declaring the province “open for business.” The sentiment may be a positive one from an economic standpoint, but according

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SNC-Lavalin delays decision on whether to opt for judge or jury in corruption trial until June 28

June 7, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for

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Pelly Construction wins $44.4M contract for remediation project at contaminated Faro Mine in central Yukon

June 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

FARO, Yukon—A significant remediation project on the site of a contaminated mine northeast of Whitehorse is moving to the next phase. Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada said May 31 it has awarded Pelly Construction Ltd. a $44.4 million contract

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Documents show feds pushing Infrastructure Bank to back major Via Rail construction project

June 7, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal officials are pushing the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to back Via Rail’s high-frequency rail project, according to documents tabled in the House of Commons. The response to a written question from New Democrat Robert Aubin details the eight times between

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Edmonton shortlists three construction teams for $2.6B Valley Line West LRT

June 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The procurement battle for one of the largest transit infrastructure projects in the country is down to three consortia. The City of Edmonton released a three-team shortlist for the approximately $2.6 billion Valley Line West LRT project June 5. The

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Rival all-Alberta Indigenous coalition sets sights on Trans Mountain pipeline

June 6, 2019 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Indigenous competition for the right to buy an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline system is heating up, with an Alberta group announcing June 5 it intends to assemble a province-wide coalition of supporters. Iron Coalition said it has

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SNC-Lavalin encouraged to overhaul business model, sell off Canadian construction operations

June 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Faced with steep legal challenges, one financial analyst says the company should divest its Infrastructure unit and refocus entirely on engineering and other services

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Bird Construction shuffles top leadership, McKibbon to take over as president and CEO

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Bird Construction Inc. is shaking up its top leadership, appointing industry veteran Terrance McKibbon as its next president and CEO. McKibbon, who spent more than 20 years at Aecon Group Inc. before joining Bird as chief operating officer in 2017,

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Ottawa, Quebec announce $500M for reconstruction of Canada’s longest highway tunnel

June 4, 2019 by Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. “We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe

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Liberals postpone policy update that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid ban from federal business

June 3, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has postponed a long-awaited update to Canada’s corporate-misconduct provisions, including changes that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid being barred from lucrative federal contracts. The government wants more time to study how it will modernize its so-called “integrity regime”

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Ottawa investing $47M to increase capacity at the Port of Halifax

June 3, 2019 by Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Port of Halifax is getting $47.5 million from Ottawa to boost its capacity to handle goods, but the big news for most residents will be the resulting reduction in container truck traffic in the downtown core — a noisy,

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Ontario plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach impasse

June 3, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Projects underway across the province could face disruptions. Talks to reach a resolution are ongoing

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Quebec City port authority plans to build $775M container terminal with two big-name partners

June 3, 2019 by On-Site Staff

QUEBEC CITY—The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) has signed a long-term deal with CN Rail and global port operator Hutchison Ports to develop a major container terminal in Quebec City. The $775 million project is still being reviewed by the Canadian

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Infrastructure Bank commits $2B to Ontario GO Transit expansion as province issues RFP to four bidders

June 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

The multibillion-dollar expansion aims to modernize the Toronto area’s regional rail network through a series of new construction projects and upgrades

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Younger generation gets chance to try out construction trades as industry stares down labour shortage

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—For three days earlier this month, thousands of Ottawa-area students got to try their hands at everything from real-life glass cutting and soldering to welding in virtual reality. Future Building 2019 rolled through the EY Centre in the Canadian capital

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Two Ottawa construction firms, site supervisors fined for death of worker on condo project site

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Two construction companies as well as a site supervisor with each firm have been fined a combined $677,500 for the death of a worker on an Ottawa condo project site just over three years ago. The victim was struck by

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Toronto thoroughfare earns ignominious title as worst road in Ontario

May 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The voters have spoken… and there’s a new worst road in Ontario. The Canadian Automobile Association released the results of its 2019 Worst Road competition May 30, singling out Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue East for the less than flattering title. CAA

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Developer Brivia looks to lay claim to tallest residential tower in Montreal with 61-storey, $400M project

May 30, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MONTREAL—A real estate development firm with several completed projects under its belt and a couple more in progress is setting its sights higher. Brivia Group announced plans May 30 for a 61-storey tower near Phillips Square in downtown Montreal. If