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Ottawa promises legislation to ensure federal contractors are paid promptly

November 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The federal government has vowed to enact prompt payment legislation for government contractors in its latest fiscal update. Along with offering the industry faster capital depreciation on equipment, Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement released last week promised the new legislation that

News Construction

Governments put up $33.6M for next phase of downtown Regina renewal project

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

REGINA—The second phase of a project to breathe new life into downtown Regina is moving ahead with $33.6 million in joint funding from the federal, provincial and city governments. Known as the Railyard Renewal Project, the infrastructure work includes overhauling

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On-Site Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

November 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

On-Site is officially accepting entries for its inaugural Canadian Construction Photo Contest!   Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your photography prowess — whether it’s an aerial shot of your sprawling work site that shines a spotlight on

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OPG sells Toronto’s Hearn power plant for $16M, sets off debate over value of waterfront site

November 26, 2018 by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Critics are calling for an independent appraisal of a decommissioned Ontario Power Generation plant on Toronto’s waterfront after they say the site was sold for far less than it appears to be worth. The Opposition New Democrats say something “smells

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Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers

November 24, 2018 by Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The workers building the new $4.2-billion Champlain Bridge toil in difficult conditions, high above the St. Lawrence River. But one of their biggest challenges has been to find a clean—and heated—portable toilet on the work site. Quebec’s workplace safety board

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Clark tapped to take over Alberta hospital project after Graham, province go their separate ways

November 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

The Grande Prairie hospital site became a battleground this summer as delays and cost overruns threatened the project

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B.C. earmarks $1.1B to retrofit its stock of social housing

November 23, 2018 by On-Site Staff

VICTORIA—British Columbia has set aside $1.1 billion over the next decade to upgrade its stock of social housing. With a focus on emissions, the retrofits aim to improve building efficiency and reduce energy use. The province pointed to boiler and

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Ottawa responds to U.S. tax reform, offers construction industry help in form of faster equipment depreciation

November 22, 2018 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The proposed tax changes unveiled by Ottawa this week should allow companies to free up capital and invest more in areas such as innovation

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Planned multibillion-dollar Ontario high-speed rail project facing fresh Tory scrutiny

November 21, 2018 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is considering alternatives to a planned multibillion-dollar high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor, with the government saying it wants to ensure the region gets served by a mode of transportation best suited to its needs. An ongoing environmental

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UPS spending $200M to build major new package hub outside Toronto

November 21, 2018 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—United Parcel Service Inc. is committing $200 million to build a new operations hub for small packages in Caledon, Ont. UPS said construction on the 850,000 sq. ft. facility northwest of Toronto is already underway, though it refused to

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Penn-Co Construction wins $190M deal to build four new Manitoba schools, upgrade another

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

WINNIPEG—A Manitoba construction company has won a consolidated contract with several First Nations in the northern part of the province for work upgrading and building new schools. Under the $190 million contract, Blumenort, Man.-based Penn-Co Construction Canada Ltd. will oversee

News Software / Hardware

Construction software firm PlanGrid bought by Autodesk for US$875M

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Autodesk Inc., an American software firm that caters mainly to the architecture, engineering and entertainment industries is expanding its reach into construction by snapping up PlanGrid, a fast-growing construction software firm used by contractors, subtrades and owners. Worth

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Alberta commits $600M to spur construction of petrochemical projects

November 20, 2018 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is expanding a royalty credit program to support petrochemical upgrading. Premier Rachel Notley says the province is adding $600 million to promote upgrading projects that she says will create jobs and boost the economy. A total of

News Construction

Four firms split contracts for $23.1M of work on Alaska Highway in B.C.

November 20, 2018 by On-Site Staff

FORT NELSON, B.C.—The federal government has handed down four construction contracts for work on the Alaska Highway to companies from Alberta and British Columbia. The scope of work covers mainly a 33-kilometre stretch of the remote 2,500-kilometre route that connects

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Sicamous, B.C. bridge replacement receives $225M in federal, provincial funding

November 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SICAMOUS, B.C.—A project to replace the aging R.W. Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous, B.C. is one step closer to completion. The federal and provincial governments announced $224.5 million in joint funding Nov. 16 to swap out the more than 50-year-old structure

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Tallest Canadian tower outside Toronto topped off in Edmonton

November 16, 2018 by David Kennedy

After three years of construction, the building has reached its full height, eclisping anything currently in Calgary, Vancouver or Montreal

News FinancingGreen Construction

Green light for $40M wind power project in remote Inuvik, N.W.T.

November 16, 2018 by On-Site Staff

INUVIK, N.W.T.—A wind turbine project worth tens of millions of dollars has become the first northern Canadian infrastructure job to secure funding under Ottawa’s new Arctic Energy Fund. The Inuvik Wind Generation project will get $30 million from the federal

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Kiewit consortium selected to construct all-season road in N.W.T

November 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

WHATI, N.W.T—A consortium has been selected to construct a 97-kilometre roadway connecting Highway 3 to the fly-in community of Whati, located about 160 kilometres northwest of Yellowknife. North Star Infrastructure, comprised of Kiewit Canada Development Corp., Peter Kiewit and Sons,

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Five Canadian dealers awarded “Diamond” distinction by Case Construction Equipment

November 15, 2018 by On-Site Staff

Case Construction Equipment has singled out five Canadian dealers in its annual North American “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” awards. The program recognizes dealerships in both the U.S. and Canada that excel in five areas: sales performance, product support, training,

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Feds to spend $88.6M to upgrade, replace First Nation, Inuit police facilities

November 15, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—Policing facilities in Indigenous communities across the country are about to undergo a series of upgrades. The federal government announced it will spend $88.6 million over seven years, beginning in 2018-2019, to repair, renovate and replace policing facilities owned by



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