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Cost-sharing agreement in place to twin Highway 40 in Alberta

February 26, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

The Alberta government, the Municipal District of Greenview and County of Grande Prairie have reached a cost-sharing agreement to twin a portion of Highway 40. The cost-sharing deal will kick-start early construction activities, such as the relocation of utilities and

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Massive renovation to Parliament’s Centre Block needs to find space for dozens more MPs

February 26, 2020 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The experts overseeing the massive restoration of Canada’s largest Parliament building have to find out a way to cram more than 100 additional MPs into the House of Commons without compromising its architectural heritage. A House of Commons committee Feb.

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Alberta spending $137M to expand Calgary hospital

February 25, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The Alberta government is making a big ticket investment to expand the emergency department at a hospital in northeast Calgary. The province said Feb. 19 it plans to spend $137 million to up the capacity at the Peter Lougheed Centre,

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In the spotlight: The finalists in On-Site’s 2019 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

February 24, 2020 by On-Site Staff

The On-Site team had a deep field of great images to look through this year and a long list of remarkable projects to assess — from complex rehabilitation work to unique high-rise jobs. Narrowing down the contributions to a half

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Turner Construction, Tomlinson, Wales McLelland, other big names round out On-Site’s 2019 photo contest

February 24, 2020 by On-Site Staff

On-Site received dozens of worthy photos for our 2019 Canadian Construction Photo Contest. And though it’s never easy picking a winner, we were captivated by the sharp contrast in the winning image, as well as its symbolic tip of the

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A bit of perspective: On-Site unveils winner of its annual photo contest

February 24, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Showcasing the tenacity of Canada’s construction industry, both past and present, a shot taken on a sprawling EllisDon construction site in downtown Toronto is our 2019 winner

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Teck withdraws application for Frontier mine project that would have created 7,000 jobs during construction

February 24, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Teck Resources Ltd. has withdrawn its application for a massive oilsands mining project just days ahead of an expected government decision, citing the political discourse over climate change. The Vancouver-based company said it will take a $1.13-billion writedown on the

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Devimco Immobilier to start work this year on redevelopment of CBC tower in Montreal

February 21, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A team of Montreal developers is moving ahead with plans to redevelop the Maison de Radio-Canada tower and surrounding parking lots into a mixed-use neighbourhood. Mach, which is spearheading the project at Wolfe Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard, said Feb. 20

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Montreal-based contractor JCB Construction Canada opens Toronto office

February 21, 2020 by On-Site Staff

JCB Construction Canada has put down roots in Toronto. The contractor based in Brossard. Que. — across the Champlain Bridge from Montreal — officially announced the new office on King Street in the east end downtown Toronto Feb. 18, though

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‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ becomes online star after partially surviving implosion

February 19, 2020 by The Associated Press

DALLAS—A social media sensation dubbed the “ Leaning Tower of Dallas” was born when a portion of a building survived an implosion in Dallas. After the implosion Feb. 16 failed to bring down the core of the 11-story former Affiliated

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Quebec, Cree leaders sign major development deal as other Indigenous groups protest across Canada

February 19, 2020 by Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—As Indigenous-led, anti-pipeline protests have shut down rail service across much of the country, Quebec and Cree leaders announced Feb. 17 the first steps of a wide-ranging 30-year plan to further develop the province’s northern territory together. Premier Francois Legault

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Aiming to disrupt construction, building products start-up Nexii to open new production plant in Squamish, B.C.

February 19, 2020 by David Kennedy

A British Columbia building products start-up looking to upend the construction industry’s conventional building process is scaling up its operations with a new 90,000 sq. ft. production facility. Nexii Building Solutions Inc. announced plans to invest in the new commercial-scale

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PCL starts demolition work at Edmonton hospital, making way for $85M expansion

February 19, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A significant expansion project expected to take about three years is underway at Misericordia Hospital at the west end of Edmonton. Sledge hammers in hand, government and hospital officials kicked off the demolition phase of the job late last week.

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Waterfront Toronto committee weighs in on 160 Sidewalk Labs ideas

February 19, 2020 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A committee tasked with advising Waterfront Toronto about Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs’s proposal to build a smart city says the agency should support most — but not all — of the company’s ideas for the high-tech neighbourhood. Of the 160

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Ontario introduces bill to speed up Toronto area transit project construction

February 19, 2020 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s government is changing development rules to speed up work on four key transit projects for the Greater Toronto Area, but opposition critics say the new legislation could trample on the environment and homeowners’ rights. Transportation Minister Caroline

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Nova Scotia tables largest single-year capital plan at just over $1B; supports road twinning, hospital work

February 19, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has announced the largest single-year capital plan in the province’s history at just over $1 billion for 2020-21. The $1.042-billion figure released Feb. 18 is a 51 per cent year-over-year increase in capital spending, which saw

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Think before you sue: Lawsuits can disqualify bidders on new projects

February 18, 2020 by Laura Brazil and Christina Kim, McMillan LLP

Critics say the court decision against a B.C. contractor could have a chilling effect on construction companies’ use of the courts

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Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown delayed until ‘well into’ 2022; Metrolinx blames construction team

February 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

The new light rail transit line crews are currently building along and under Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue will not open on schedule. Blaming the construction team for the delay, Metrolinx president and CEO, Phil Verster, said the Eglinton Crosstown won’t be

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Auditor general to put Trudeau’s $187B infrastructure program under the microscope

February 15, 2020 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government’s massive $187-billion infrastructure program will be scrutinized by the office of the auditor general of Canada. Interim auditor general Sylvain Ricard says his office will endeavour to complete its investigation and report to Parliament no later than

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Ontario construction firm fined for fatal fall during project at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport

February 13, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A siding contractor based in Rockwood, Ont. has been fined $125,000 and faces 18 months probation after a worker suffered a fatal fall on a project at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport in early 2018. Vixman Construction Ltd. was sentenced last