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12,000 Ontario plumbers, steamfitters on standby to strike, threatening construction work in province

May 29, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WHITBY, Ont.—Plumbers and steamfitters are prepared to hit the picket lines May 31 in what would be the sector’s first work stoppage in more than three decades. The imminent strike of 12,000 trades workers could threaten to shake up ongoing

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Judge rules SNC-Lavalin headed to trial on charges of fraud, corruption

May 29, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebec judge has ruled that SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is headed to trial on charges of fraud and corruption. The decision is the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant failed

News Construction

Casino and condos are out, but plenty on the table as province looks to redevelop Toronto’s Ontario Place

May 29, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has ruled out a casino and condos at the site of Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront as it issues a call for development proposals, but the future of the park’s iconic Cinesphere is in question. Michael Tibollo, the minister

News Construction

Court rules B.C. can’t limit oil shipments in major blow for pipeline fight

May 28, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—British Columbia lost the largest tool in its toolbox to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with a court decision last week that concluded it can’t restrict oil shipments through its borders. The unanimous ruling from the B.C. Court of

News Construction

Construction of $125 million hydroelectric generating station in northern Quebec slated for 2020

May 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Partners of the Innavik project inked an agreement May 27 to build a $125 million hydroelectric generation station in one of Quebec’s northernmost, diesel-fueled communities. Hydro-Québec, Pituvik Landholding Corporation and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. say the 7.5-megawatt station on the

News Bridges

Nova Scotia’s 4,200 bridges need more monitoring: auditor general

May 28, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the province’s bridges must be improved more quickly and monitored more effectively. In a audit released May 28, Michael Pickup found the Transportation Department isn’t providing its managers with the information needed to make decisions

News Construction

PCL picks up construction management contract for $500M expansion of Calgary’s BMO Centre

May 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC) has selected a expert team to design and oversee construction on a project to modernize and expand the city’s BMO Centre. The conventional centre’s $500 million facelift has been in the works for years

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Cross-Canada construction corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

May 27, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The idea of a dedicated zone to build rail, power lines and pipelines has been kicked around for half a century. Fresh backing could mean big gains for construction

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Ottawa allots $76M to replace sea dams, upgrade other water infrastructure in Surrey and Delta B.C.

May 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

SURREY, B.C.—Aiming to reduce the risks of coastal flooding in the Vancouver area, the federal government has allocated $76 million from its Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to replace or upgrade infrastructure in Surrey and Delta, B.C. The funding will

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Feds, city spending $122M to kick-start major water infrastructure work in Kitchener, Ont.

May 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff

KITCHENER, Ont.—Work on a series of water infrastructure projects to better protect Kitchener, Ont. from potential flooding are getting underway in the city west of Toronto. The federal government announced just shy of $50 million in funding for the slew

News Compact Equipment

Minnich Manufacturing expands Canadian reach as next generation takes the reins

May 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MANSFIELD, Ohio—Concrete equipment maker Minnich Manufacturing is expanding its distribution network into Atlantic Canada. The company, which makes concrete vibrators, dowel pin drills and concrete monitoring systems, said May 21 it has added Montreal Tractor Inc. and its sister company

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Plan for $447.5M hospital in Terrace, B.C. approved; province looking for contractor

May 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TERRACE, B.C.—It’s “full speed ahead” for a project to build a new hospital in northwestern British Columbia. The province said May 21 that it’s approved the business plan for the new Mills Memorial hospital in Terrace, B.C. and is moving

News Construction

Broccolini pushes into Toronto market, preps for construction of 37-storey residential tower

May 22, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Montreal-based developer Broccolini has set its sights on Toronto, unveiling plans to construct its first high-rise residential building in the city. Work on the tower, set to rise 37-storeys above the Don Valley, is expected to break ground this fall.

News Infrastructure

Three minutes to bust: Trump meeting with Dems on $2T infrastructure plan goes south in a flash

May 22, 2019 by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON—The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president’s consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects

News ConstructionRoads

Pair of four-laning projects in Northern Ontario get $169.2M from feds

May 22, 2019 by On-Site Staff

SUDBURY, Ont.—Two construction projects along Ontario’s Highway 69 have got the go-ahead and millions in funding from the federal government. Ottawa said May 21 it will spend $169.2 million on a pair of four-laning projects between Parry Sound and Sudbury,

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Court orders Alberta to pay $13M to subcontractors working on issue-plagued Grande Prairie hospital

May 21, 2019 by The Canadian Press

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—A court has ordered that nearly $13 million in Alberta government funds be paid to subcontractors and others involved in the building of a new hospital in Grande Prairie. In September, the province claimed to have terminated a

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Trudeau says Canadian countermeasures key to ending standoff with U.S. over steel, aluminum

May 21, 2019 by The Canadian Press

The U.S. imposed import taxes on the metals a year ago as a pressure tactic when negotiations for a North American free-trade agreement got difficult

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SNC-Lavalin cancels sale of Ontario Hwy. 407 stake to OMERS as existing partners battle over stake

May 18, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has cancelled the sale of part of its stake in 407 International Inc. to the OMERS pension plan but will sell the stake to one or both of the other owners of the Ontario toll highway. The

News Construction Materials

Long awaited end to Canada’s tariff standoff with U.S. finally at hand

May 17, 2019 by Mike Blanchfield and James McCarten, The Canadian Press

The U.S. imposed the tariffs nearly a year ago, souring relations with Ottawa, which has blasted them as illegal and absurd

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B.C.-based Emil Anderson Construction wins $85.2M contract to widen 2-km leg of Trans-Canada Highway

May 17, 2019 by David Kennedy

REVELSTOKE, B.C.—Emil Anderson Construction has picked up a $85.2 million contract to four-lane a short but challenging segment of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Revelstoke, B.C. The Kelowna, B.C.-based contractor will be responsible for widening an approximately two-kilometre stretch of