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News Labour

Provinces step up with new funds to boost trades during National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Across the country, skilled tradespersons are expected to be increasingly short supply in the coming years, in both construction and beyond

News Labour

Construction industry loses 21,300 jobs in October, led by declines in Quebec, Ontario

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

A loss of 21,300 construction jobs in October pushed overall employment in the industry down to about 1.46 million, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada — translating to a construction labour market that’s only marginally ahead of where

News Construction

Amazon plans new warehouse in Montreal area, its first fulfillment centre in Quebec

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Amazon Canada has announced plans to open what will be its first fulfillment centre in Quebec. The U.S. online retail giant revealed few details about the new facility, but said it will be located in Lachine — a borough at

News P3s

Nova Scotia ditches P3 model for Cape Breton health centres

November 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has quietly reversed its funding plans for two new health centres to be built in Cape Breton. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says the government will now foot the bill, instead of participating in

News Construction

Stuart Olson suspends dividend as tough environment in Alberta, oilsands continues

November 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Stuart Olson Inc. reported its third quarter 2019 earnings after markets closed Nov. 6. The Calgary-based contractor said it recorded $243.1 million in revenue for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, up from $223.7 million a year ago. Net earnings

News Infrastructure

GFL Environmental cancels IPO after investors seek price below range

November 6, 2019 by Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

Existing shareholders in the company, which has a hand in the construction industry through its infrastructure unit, did not feel the IPO price reflected the firm’s value

News Construction

Bird Construction revenue slips, but gross profits rise in third quarter

November 6, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Bird Construction Inc. saw its revenue decline slightly during the third quarter of 2019, but posted net income gains across all sectors, resulting in an improved gross profit percentage. The company recorded $378.6 million in revenue, versus $381.4 million in

News Infrastructure

Alberta to spend $397M to build 25 schools, looking at P3 method for five of them

November 6, 2019 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta is back in the business of partnering with the private sector to build schools. Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda says five of 25 new school projects being built over the next five years may be constructed using the so-called P3

News Construction

Construction of 11-tower project led by Squamish Nation scheduled to start in Vancouver in 2021

November 6, 2019 by Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—One of the largest Indigenous-led urban development projects in Canada that proponents hope will rise in the heart of Vancouver is set to double in size with 6,000 units planned. Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation councillor, said the proximity of the

News Construction

SickKids breaks ground on multibillion-dollar three-part redevelopment

November 5, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Construction is underway on the first of three planned redevelopment projects at the Hospital for Sick Children, better known as SickKids, in downtown Toronto. An official groundbreaking ceremony held on Oct. 22 commemorated the first step in building a new

News Infrastructure

Valard to start work on $1.9B Wataynikaneyap Power project that will connect 17 Ontario First Nations to grid

November 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

More than a dozen remote First Nations communities across Northern Ontario are poised to shut down their diesel generators for good over the next four years as work gets underway on the $1.9 billion Wataynikaneyap Power project. Utility contractor Valard

News Construction

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto reach deal on reduced scope for contentious Quayside project

November 2, 2019 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

The proposed Toronto building project will cover a 4.8-hectare site called Quayside, though it still faces numerous hurdles before shovels can get in the ground

News ConstructionLabourSkills Development

EllisDon teams up with Build a Dream to boost construction industry diversification

November 1, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

EllisDon and non-profit Build a Dream have partnered up to tackle diversification in the construction industry. The contractor and Windsor-based non-profit organization will work together to attract young women to careers in construction, where only 3.8 per cent of job site

News Construction

Aecon reports flat profits in third quarter as backlog shrinks

November 1, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Aecon Group Inc. says profits stayed flat last quarter after construction and nuclear projects drove adjusted earnings that slightly topped analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company says net income nudged up 0.2 per cent year over year to $42.1 million in

News Compact EquipmentHeavy Equipment

Canada’s Jaus Neigum heading to finals of Cat Global Operator Challenge after topping North America rivals

November 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

More than two dozen equipment operators from all regions of Canada and the United States — from balmy Hawaii to comparatively frigid Bloom Lake, Quebec — converged on North Carolina last week to test their mettle against one another in

News Construction

No end in sight for construction at Toronto’s Union Station as province issues RFQ for next phase of work

October 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

Nearly 10 years have gone by since construction crews began work on a major revamp of Toronto’s Union Station. With costs now inching toward the billion-dollar mark and the original completion deadline a distant memory, the city’s rail commuters have

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructure

Toronto signs onto province’s nearly $30B GTA transit construction plan

October 30, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

TORONTO— The City of Toronto and the province of Ontario have endorsed a unified plan for building four new or extended subway lines in Toronto, ending a months-long standoff over the future of the city’s transit system. City council voted

News P3sRoads

Crews complete $1.9B Regina Bypass on time, on budget after four years of work

October 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

The largest highway project ever undertaken in Saskatchewan includes 37 kilometres of new four-lane road and a dozen new interchanges

News Construction

First Nation trying to stop $453M Manitoba-Minnesota power line project

October 30, 2019 by Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—A Manitoba Indigenous community is taking the province to court over a $453-million power transmission project it says it wasn’t properly consulted on before construction started last summer. The Sagkeeng First Nation is to argue in Winnipeg Court of Queen’s

News Bridges

Construction team to miss deadline to hand over final elements of new Champlain Bridge project

October 29, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The main component of the Samuel De Champlain Bridge Corridor project — the new bridge itself — opened to vehicle traffic at the beginning of July, while several pieces of the wider project were scheduled to reach completion by Oct.