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SNC-Lavalin backtracks on CEO’s comments surrounding potential job losses

March 26, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is walking back a statement by its CEO, who said last week he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the construction giant should be granted a remediation agreement. Neil Bruce told The

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PCL partners with Edmonton machine learning firm AltaML in latest drive into artificial intelligence

March 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Edmonton—PCL Construction is taking another step into the disruptive realm of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Canadian contractor announced a partnership deal March 25 with Edmonton-based software firm AltaML, a company that custom builds software for businesses aiming to

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Billionaire couple’s $100M donation to UofT to kick-start construction of major new complex in downtown Toronto

March 25, 2019 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—One of Canada’s richest families is giving $100 million to the University of Toronto — a donation the school says is the largest in its history. The university said the gift from Heather Reisman and Gerald Schwartz will help build

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Notley, Kenney pledge to back Calgary flood protection infrastructure in lead-up to Alberta election

March 25, 2019 by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—NDP Leader Rachel Notley pledged more flood protection for Calgary March 22 as she and United Conservative rival Jason Kenney accused each other of dithering on another project to help prevent a repeat of the 2013 deluge that heavily damaged

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Equipment transport firm fined for float trailer overturn that killed Brampton, Ont. worker in 2013

March 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

BRAMPTON, Ont.—A Toronto-area company that specializes in transporting heavy equipment is facing an $85,000 fine after an Ontario appeal judge sided with the crown in a case that involved a 2013 workplace death. The incident took place on May 25,

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Citing budget pressures, Metrolinx scales back Hurontario LRT

March 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Ontario transit agency Metrolinx has revised the route of the soon-to-be-built Hurontario Light Rail Transit project, most notably chopping off a downtown loop included in the original plans. The provincial crown agency pointed to “potential” budget pressures and “a more

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Work camp builder Horizon North moves further into modular construction with Ontario acquisition

March 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Horizon North Logistics Inc., an Alberta-based firm best know as a provider of temporary work camps, is expanding its presence both in eastern Canada and in the modular construction market with a new acquisition. Horizon North said earlier this month

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Federal budget promises millions to promote skilled trades, outlines funding for job training programs

March 20, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

OTTAWA—The federal government unveiled a series of new budgetary measures March 19 to encourage young people to enter the skilled trades. The Liberals plan to funnel $40 million over four years to Skills Canada under Budget 2019, with $10 million

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SNC-Lavalin CEO says he never cited job losses in push for remediation agreement

March 20, 2019 by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The chief executive of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says he never cited the protection of 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the company should be granted a remediation agreement to avoid a criminal trial on allegations it paid millions of dollars

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N.S. to spend another $22.3 million on ferry including renos to Maine terminal

March 20, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says it will fund renovations of a ferry terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine, at an expected cost of $8.5-million. It will also provide another $13.8 million to the privately owned ferry service for its 2019-20 operations.

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In pre-election budget, Liberals look to speed up infrastructure spending by offing cash directly to cities

March 20, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The $2.2 billion in extra funding is designed to pay for roads, bridges, water systems and other local infrastructure

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Alberta spending $478M to add lanes, upgrade interchanges on busy Deerfoot Trail

March 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Upgrades are coming to a stretch of Alberta Highway 2 that winds alongside the Bow River through the heart of Calgary. The province said March 14 it has set aside $478 million to add more lanes to 21 kilometres of

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Ontario contractors predict busy 2019 construction season despite labour, political challenges

March 19, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—With an grueling construction season in the rearview, contractors across the province expect to grind out even more work this year, according the Ontario Construction Secretariat’s 2019 Contractor Survey. Just over 30 per cent of non-residential contractors forecast a busier

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Liberal-dominated justice committee ends SNC-Lavalin probe amid opposition howls

March 19, 2019 by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Liberal-dominated justice committee of the House of Commons pulled the plug March 19 on its probe of the SNC-Lavalin affair, prompting fresh howls of opposition outrage and a walkout by Conservative MPs from the government’s budget presentation later in

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Canada’s new tax rules: A game changer for construction companies looking for improved performance and productivity

March 19, 2019 by Steve Nielsen, executive vice-president and CFO, Finning International

The 2017 changes to U.S. tax law set Canada’s construction industry reeling, challenging an already resource tapped industry to stay competitive. Deeply tied with the American economy, those in the industry in Canada realized any changes to the U.S. tax

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Aecon, Graham and Broccolini among On-Site’s Construction Photo Contest finalists

March 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

From transit infrastructure and bridge construction, to residential and commercial development work, the incredible diversity of the country’s construction industry is on full display in On-Site’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest Top Five Finalists. Taken by both professional photographers and

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RAM 1500 ages like a fine wine

March 18, 2019 by Mario Cywinski

While RAM, which at the time was still a Dodge, may have been one of the first to introduce a ‘semi’ truck looking front end to its pick-up truck, it is now the norm. Just look at the grilles on

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WSP ordered to pay fine for bid rigging on Quebec contracts as it bolsters backlog to $7.7B

March 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Engineering firm WSP Global Inc. has been ordered to pay $4 million for bid-rigging on municipal infrastructure contracts in Quebec, according to the Competition Bureau. Canada’s competition watchdog said March 13 the payment is part of a settlement filed with

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B.C. building code adjusted upwards to allow 12 storey wood buildings

March 14, 2019 by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

OKANAGAN FALLS, B.C.—The height limit for wood buildings in British Columbia is rising to 12 from six storeys in a move that Premier John Horgan expects to spur development using timber and give the province a headstart on other parts

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Point of view: On-Site unveils winner of its first-ever Canadian Construction Photo Contest

March 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

2018 was a markedly busy year for Canada’s builders. Shovels hit the ground coast-to-coast on major infrastructure projects – from early work on the long-awaited Gordie Howe Bridge to the last leg of Calgary’s intricate ring road. Construction also progressed