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Contractors break ground on new $500M National Bank headquarters

November 8, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction is underway on the largest office tower to go up in Montreal in a quarter century. National Bank, which announced plans to build the new 40-storey tower earlier this year, held an official groundbreaking at the site on Saint-Jacques

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Construction groups launch survey to learn what keeps tradespeople satisfied

November 8, 2018 by Residential Construction Council of Ontario

With almost 90,000 Ontario construction workers set to retire in the next 10 years, a group representing the province’s residential builders has sprung to action, launching a survey to learn what satisfies trades professionals day-to-day as they build the province

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Stuart Olson buys Alberta industrial maintenance, construction firm Tartan for $12M

November 7, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. is expanding its reach in the industrial maintenance, construction and plant turnaround business. The Canadian contractor said Nov. 7 it has acquired Calgary-based Tartan Canada Corp. for approximately $12 million. The company, which primarily serves clients in

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Imperial Oil going ahead with $2.6B Aspen oilsands project, will create 700 jobs at peak construction

November 7, 2018 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project. Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022. The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.,

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Canada Infrastructure Bank ‘actively engaged’ in reviewing 10 projects for investment

November 6, 2018 by David Kennedy

Two months after opening its chequebook for the first time, the new federal institution says it’s looking closely at nearly a dozen new projects

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Canada Infrastructure Bank appoints exec to head project development pipeline

November 6, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The Canadian Infrastructure Bank has named François Lecavalier, currently a senior vice-president with Business Development Bank of Canada, to take on the new arms-length government institution’s project development activities. Lecavalier, who has 30 years of experience leading infrastructure and private

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SNC-Lavalin CEO aims to ease worries over ongoing court case, diplomatic woes

November 5, 2018 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. tried to assuage concerns over criminal charges at home and diplomatic tensions with the government of Saudi Arabia, saying the challenges will not hurt its business. “Despite the political issues we’ve had to contend

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Construction employment declines marginally in October

November 2, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Approximately 3,400 fewer construction workers were on the job in October compared to a month earlier, mirroring 31 days of little change for the overall Canadian labour market. The small decline of 0.2 per cent for the construction industry compares

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$2.6B Edmonton LRT project has green light as province steps aboard

November 2, 2018 by David Kennedy

The western leg of the city’s Valley Line will stretch 14 kilometres. Procurement will get underway shortly, with construction likely starting by 2020 or before

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Rail line to Churchill, Man. reopens after more than a year of neglect, 35 days of repair

November 2, 2018 by Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

CHURCHILL, Man.—Residents of Churchill crowded around a bonfire during a street party to celebrate the return of rail service and a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the northern Manitoba town. Patricia Kandiurin held a banner with the label

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Work to start on latest Metro Vancouver water tunnel project; Aecon, Traylor Bros win $267M contract

November 1, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—A major tunnelling project is set to get underway in Metro Vancouver this month after the regional government firmed up a $267 million construction contract with a joint venture between Traylor Bros. Inc. and Aecon Group Inc. The U.S.-based contractor

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Calgary 2026 Olympic Games bid remains alive, offering opportunity for builders

November 1, 2018 by Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games survived a city council vote Oct. 31, when a motion leading to the cancellation of an upcoming plebiscite did not pass. Ten votes out of 15 on council were

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Turkey opens new Istanbul Airport, looks to overtake Atlanta as world’s largest

November 1, 2018 by Zeynep Bilginsoy And Neyran Elden, The Associated Press

ISTANBUL—Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held plenty of grand opening ceremonies in his 15 years at Turkey’s helm. This week he unveiled one of his prized jewels—Istanbul New Airport—a megaproject that has been dogged by concerns about labour rights, environmental issues

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Contractors complete 70-metre high foundation for B.C.’s Site C hydro project

October 31, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—The foundation for Site C hydroelectric project has been completed. Acciona says the 70-metre high foundation structure is solid enough to support the 1,100-megawatt power plant and spillways. The company leading the construction for contractor Peace River Hydro Partners says

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Inquiry begins into past SNC offshore activity; conviction could bar firm from federal work for 10 years

October 30, 2018 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A month-long preliminary inquiry into SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. kicked off Oct. 29, more than three-and-a-half years after federal authorities slapped the construction and engineering giant with fraud and corruption charges. Prosecutors began to present their case to a Court of

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Stringent use of written change orders risking construction delays, cost overruns

October 30, 2018 by Aaron Stavne and Alan Regel

The Canadian engineering and construction industries often insist on using only written change orders when agreeing to alterations to a project’s scope. Other means of communication, such as verbal direction, are often seen as inadequate and non-binding. But this nearly

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Aecon takes advantage of ‘robust’ infrastructure market to secure record backlog

October 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Canadian construction firm Aecon Group Inc. has a built up a record project backlog nine months into 2018. The contractor credited a “robust” infrastructure market, as well as its “diverse” capabilities, for the $7 billion in work currently on its

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Spending on non-residential construction increases for sixth-straight quarter

October 26, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The non-residential segment of the construction industry posted healthy growth in the third quarter of 2018. With investments rising 0.9 per cent to a total of $14.4 billion, spending on the combined commercial, industrial and institutional sectors have inched up

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Air Canada, Terracap officially break ground on new maintenance facility at Edmonton airport

October 26, 2018 by On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—Work is well underway on a new 50,000 sq. ft. (4,645 square metre) maintenance facility at the Edmonton International Airport. Flanked by the structure’s steel skeleton, Air Canada and developer Terracap Group held an official groundbreaking at the site Oct.

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In public infrastructure funding shake-up, Ontario strikes private sector deal for new GO train station

October 25, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A private developer will foot the bill for major renovations at a Toronto-area GO train station under a new—though still non-binding—agreement with the Ontario government. The Mimico GO Station, on the west end of the city, will be entirely overhauled