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EllisDon teams up with investment firm Fiera Capital on P3 projects

February 6, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Asset management firm Fiera Capital Corp. and contractor EllisDon have formed a new partnership to work together on a series of Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The long-term agreement, signed last October but disclosed Jan. 29, covers a portfolio of nearly

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Feds dismiss Ontario’s call to drop retaliatory U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs as ‘unilateral surrender’

February 5, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

Ottawa said Canada’s reciprocal tariffs are “critical” in pressuring the U.S. to call an end to the trade dispute “once and for all”

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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Chandos Construction establishes Toronto leadership team as part of continued expansion

February 4, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Several months after promoting a pair of internal executives to its top leadership and beginning an expansion into British Columbia and Ontario, Chandos Construction Ltd. has shored up its ranks in Canada’s most populous city. The Alberta-based contractor said Feb.

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Hopes melt for ice bridge at Dawson City, Yukon, as territory ends project

February 4, 2019 by The Canadian Press

DAWSON CITY, Yukon—The Yukon government is pulling out of a project to build an ice bridge across the Yukon River that would have provided a winter-time connection between Dawson City and the little suburb of West Dawson. A snowcat broke

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 by Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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PCL taps Toronto district chief to lead Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure unit

February 1, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Toronto—PCL Construction has tapped veteran Todd Craigen to lead the company’s Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure as the unit’s new president. Formerly a senior vice-president and district manager for the Greater Toronto Area, Craigen will take over for recently-retired

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Nova Scotia Highway 104 twinning project gets environmental nod from province

January 31, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The environmental assessment of a plan to twin a deadly 38-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia’s Highway 104 has been approved by the province’s environment minister. In a decision released Jan. 29, Margaret Miller says she’s satisfied any adverse or significant

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A new Canadian city flirts with the dream: heated downtown sidewalks

January 30, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—A winter-weary city councillor in St. John’s, N.L. is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. Sandy Hickman has asked city engineers to look at heating

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SNC-Lavalin mulls retreat from Saudi Arabia amid deepening diplomatic row

January 30, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL —The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. said ongoing diplomatic tensions between Canada and Saudi Arabia are hurting business and forcing the company to consider a possible retreat from the oil-rich state as SNC share prices plunged to their lowest

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Some provinces creating challenges for infrastructure projects: Trudeau

January 29, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Unco-operative provincial governments have been making the effort to get more infrastructure dollars into Canada’s cities a challenge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Trudeau, whose government has struggled to fulfill tens of billions worth of infrastructure commitments, made the

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Ontario man edges out the competition to win ‘Super Bowl’ of masonry at World of Concrete

January 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

LAS VEGAS—A 30-year-old mason from Hamilton, Ont. spent 60 tense minutes Jan. 23 locked in a battle of speed, skill and stamina with more than two dozen rivals from across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Dexterously throwing down brick to

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Alberta commits $33M in funding to construct Leduc interchange

January 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

LEDUC, Alta.—The Alberta government has chipped in $33 million to kick start construction of a long-awaited overpass that will connect the City of Leduc, Alta. with the Edmonton International Airport Premier Rachel Notley announced the funding to build an interchange

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‘Low-value’ construction projects delayed approval process, roll-out of federal infrastructure dollars, internal documents say

January 28, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A large number of small construction transit and water system projects funded through the first phase of the Liberal government’s infrastructure program bogged down the approval process and delayed construction and spending, newly released documents show. An internal analysis obtained

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Infrastructure Bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

January 28, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects. In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about

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Reported mobster, real estate developer shot dead in Montreal

January 25, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A real estate developer known for his ties to the Montreal Mafia was shot dead Jan. 24. Tony Magi, who survived a brazen rush-hour murder attempt in 2008, was the victim of Montreal’s first homicide, a well-placed source confirmed to

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Looking down: Toronto remains comfortably on top in latest North American construction crane count

January 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

A voracious appetite for new towers has allowed Toronto to extend its lead over its North American rivals in the key construction indicator

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Anti-corruption squad arrests former head of Montreal construction trade school

January 24, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The former head of a Montreal construction trade school was arrested by the province’s anti-corruption unit Jan. 23 and charged with fraud-related crimes against the school. The anti-corruption unit said officers arrested Alain Prud’homme, who was director of the trade

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Business association hands out mock red tape ‘award’ to B.C. for union rules on public construction projects

January 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—British Columbia’s new framework for public infrastructure projects made the list of egregious regulatory restrictions across the country in the Canadian Federal of Independent Businesses annual ‘Paperweights.’ The Community Benefits Agreement, which requires construction firms working on provincial infrastructure projects

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Building investment dips in November with declines in majority of provinces

January 23, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Investment in building construction dipped in November, with both residential and non-residential sector taking a more than two per cent hit to $11.6 billion. In the non-residential sector, investment decreased 1.6 per cent to $4.3 billion, largely due to declines



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