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Alberta’s Jaus Neigum wins Cat’s Global Operator Challenge, earning title of world’s best

March 11, 2020 by David Kennedy

After a year of hard-fought competitions around the world, Caterpillar Inc. has crowned the winner of its inaugural Global Operator Challenge. Nine equipment operators from North and South America, Europe and Asia stepped into the dirt March 10 to face

News Construction

New shareholder agreement will see EllisDon employees take full control of contractor

March 10, 2020 by On-Site Staff

EllisDon will soon be entirely employee-owned. In a move designed to protect company growth, the big-name Canadian contractor said March 2 it’s reached a deal that will see 100 per cent of the company’s equity transferred to its employees. Up

News Construction

Four construction teams shortlisted for next stage of Toronto’s Union Station expansion

March 9, 2020 by David Kennedy

Part of GO Transit’s push to increase capacity and run trains more frequently, the job includes construction of a new platform and concourse at the south end of the station

News LabourProfilesWomen in Construction

Op-Ed: We need more women in the trades

March 8, 2020 by Jill Dunlop and Monte McNaughton

Looming shortage of apprentices means lost profits and paycheques for Ontarians

News Financing

Few approved oilsands projects stand to be built in near term: analysts

March 7, 2020 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—There are dozens of approved oilsands projects that could be built in the wake of the shelving of the Frontier oilsands mine this week but analysts say they won’t be built until more export pipeline capacity comes online. The application

News Labour

Construction sheds 7,900 jobs in February, snapping three-month win streak

March 6, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Employers in Canada’s construction industry pumped the brakes on hiring in February after three-straight months of steady job gains. Statistics Canada reported the industry shed 7,900 jobs, or about 0.5 per cent, last month. This followed an increase of 15,800

News Construction

Work on new $60.7M transmission line to link Manitoba, Saskatchewan grids to start this summer

March 6, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A major new transmission line designed to transfer up to 215 megawatts of electricity from Manitoba’s power grid to neighbouring Saskatchewan’s is set to get underway this summer. The federal government announced $18.7 million in funding for the 230-kilovolt transmission

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Women made small gains on job sites in 2019, but remain heavily outnumbered throughout construction

March 6, 2020 by David Kennedy

Women in construction made significant strides in 2019, particularly in one of the areas they have been most underrepresented traditionally — job sites themselves — but still accounted for little more than 13 per cent of the industry’s total workforce

News Demolition

Pomerleau, Delsan AIM picked to tear down old Champlain Bridge in Montreal

March 6, 2020 by David Kennedy

The bridge will be taken apart piece by piece with a focus on reusing as many components as possible

News Construction

EllisDon reaches substantial completion on new Ontario hospital just north of Guelph

March 5, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A new hospital in Ontario’s Wellington County is set to open in late spring or early summer as the construction team hands over the keys to the new 152,000 sq. ft. facility to the province. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Groves

News Infrastructure

Work on Coastal GasLink pipeline to resume, but impasse on pipeline remains

March 4, 2020 by Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Work has resumed on a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia at the centre of protests that have disrupted both rail and road traffic across the country, but questions remain about how opponents to the project will react to workers

News Construction

Aecon raising dividend after posting record 2019 revenue, though fourth quarter numbers slip

March 4, 2020 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Aecon Group Inc. is forecasting another year of income growth on the heels of record annual revenue, as the construction firm continues to shore up its backlog of infrastructure projects. Chief financial officer David Smales predicted revenue growth “in the

News Roads

Ontario, two First Nation groups look to clear logjam on proposed road to Ring of Fire mining region

March 3, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A new agreement will spur further study of a set of roads to the remote region, but stops short of committing any funds for construction

News Construction

SNC-Lavalin shares jump as company puts criminal case behind it, commits to shift from construction

March 2, 2020 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Despite a rout on North American stock markets Feb. 28, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. shares jumped 11 per cent or $3.08 to close at $31.20 on the Toronto Stock Exchange following the release of its quarterly financial results. CEO Ian Edwards

News P3s

Marco Group wraps up work on Newfoundland’s first P3 project, a new long-term care home in Corner Brook

March 2, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Construction has officially wrapped up on new long-term care home in Corner Brook, N.L. The 120-bed facility is Newfoundland and Labrador’s first foray in the public-private partnership market and was built over about an approximately 28-month period starting in late

News Construction

One week out: Final prep underway for CONEXPO, special care being taken for coronavirus

March 2, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Thousands of new registrants signed up to attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG last week, as the approximately 2,500 exhibitors enter the final phase of preparation for the massive trade show that will kick off in Las Vegas March 10. Organizers of the triennial

News Green Construction

EllisDon to take on new $105M mass timber, zero-carbon build at Centennial College

February 29, 2020 by On-Site Staff

With momentum for mass timber buildings continuing to build, Centennial College has announced plans for a new wood campus building in Scarborough, Ont. Contractor EllisDon and design firms Dialog and Smoke Architecture have been chosen to take on the $105

News Infrastructure

Canada has pumped nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage into waterways since 2013

February 28, 2020 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s old-fashioned city sewer systems dumped nearly 900 billion litres of raw sewage into this country’s waterways over five years, enough to fill up an Olympic-sized swimming pool more than 355,000 times. Data Environment Canada posted to the federal government’s

News Construction

Pomerleau opens new office in downtown Vancouver

February 27, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Quebec-based contractor Pomerleau is bolstering its presence in British Columbia’s nerve centre with a new office in downtown Vancouver. The company held a grand opening at the site Feb. 26, hosting a range of partners, clients and other stakeholders. Pierre

News Construction

Alberta sets aside $100M to speed up prep work for Red Deer hospital expansion

February 27, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The Alberta government is spending $100 million to get a long-planned expansion project at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre off the ground. The latest in a string of provincial health care infrastructure investments will help finalize key project details