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Scheer promises coast-to-coast energy corridor to speed approvals, construction for energy projects

May 17, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

If elected, the Opposition leader said he would create a dedicated route where a wide range of projects, from pipelines to power lines, would be easier to build

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Feds putting up $345.4M to extend Autoroute 19, rehabilitate Montreal bridge

May 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Three infrastructure jobs, including a major project to extend Quebec Autoroute 19 north of Laval, Que., have secured the backing of the federal government. François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion May

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EllisDon makes handful of senior level appointments, including naming new COO of construction operations

May 15, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—To ensure sufficient oversight remains in place as growth continues, EllisDon has announced several new senior-level appointments. The Canadian contractor said May 15 that Kieran Hawe, who has overseen the company’s Canadian Building division as executive vice-president since 2016,

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Freeland leaves D.C. with no tariff deal, despite early optimism from U.S.

May 15, 2019 by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Close, maybe, but no cigar. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland came and went from Washington May 15, shifting diplomatic gears and jetting to Havana on a day that saw early hope that the end of the Canada-U.S. tariff dispute was

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Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit win contract to oversee $2.5B Cityside project at Montreal airport

May 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—A consortium comprised of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit has won a construction management contract to stickhandle the early stages of a major infrastructure project at the Montreal-Trudeau International airport. Aéroports de Montréal, which oversees the city’s two major airports, said

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Cost analysis of $2B Halifax hospital project to be kept under wraps, for now

May 15, 2019 by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A consultant’s cost analysis on the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital complex will be released — but not yet, a Nova Scotia legislature committee was told May 14. Deputy minister Paul LaFleche said the Department of Infrastructure

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Construction starts on new $575M Kruger tissue paper plant in Sherbrooke, Que.

May 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

SHERBROOKE Que.—Work on a major industrial construction project has begun in Sherbrooke, Que. Top officials from paper products firm Kruger Inc., along with representatives of local and provincial government, broke ground May 13 on a $575 million plant in the

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Toronto kicks off ‘busiest’ construction season yet with $1 billion in planned projects

May 14, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—Mayor John Tory ushered in Toronto’s ‘busiest-ever’ construction season May 13, unveiling $1 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. The city will funnel $590 million towards rehabilitating transportation infrastructure, such as roadways, bridges and sidewalks. Of that, $200 million has

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Ottawa has spent or allotted about a quarter of the funds from its $187.8 infrastructure plan

May 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

Work is underway or complete on 48,000 separate projects from coast to coast to coast under the 12-year federal spending plan

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Sobeys parent firm building two $95M warehouses in Toronto, Montreal areas as it pushes into home delivery

May 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

VAUGHAN, Ont.—Empire Company Ltd., the parent of grocery store chains Sobeys and IGA, is making a big push into the home delivery market and spending heavily on a pair of building projects to support the new venture. The company said

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Remote Ontario First Nation strikes deal with feds, province to relocate entire reserve

May 10, 2019 by Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A northern Ontario First Nation signed an agreement May 9 with the federal and provincial government that lays out a plan to move a reserve threatened every year by flood waters. Members of the Kashechewan First Nation, north of Fort

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Construction labour market snaps four-month losing streak as employment surges in April

May 10, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The industry added a full two per cent to its workforce between March and April, easily outpacing the overall economy

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Stuart Olson adds to backlog in first quarter, but sees revenue dip from a year ago

May 9, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. booked about $300 million in new contracts over the first three months of 2019, but saw revenues slip from a year ago. The contractor reported revenue of $220.9 million for the first quarter May 8, compared to

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Construction accident in Alberta’s energy sector kills two workers

May 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

FOX CREEK, Alta.—A construction accident in northern Alberta has killed two workers. Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died May 7 during work on additional storage capacity for what’s known as fracking sand at the company’s

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Cold weather delays, added costs to P3 project hit Bird Construction’s first quarter results

May 8, 2019 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Bird Construction Inc. reported a net loss of $6.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 after markets closed May 7. The figure stacks up against a similar loss of $6.4 million in he same quarter of 2018. The

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Top SNC-Lavalin executives ponder company break up at private sitdown

May 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

The spinning off of a number of worldwide assets is another of the “Plan B” scenarios the company is weighing as it faces a potential criminal conviction

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New Alberta environment minister shoots down Bighorn parks proposal planned by previous government

May 8, 2019 by Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

The NDP plan would have set aside areas on the eastern edges of Banff and Jasper national parks and seen $40 million spent on infrastructure over four years

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Environmental nod keeps B.C.’s $1.4B Pattullo bridge on track for construction to start this year

May 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

SURREY, B.C.—Plans to start work on a replacement for the Pattullo Bridge that connects Surrey to New Westminster, B.C. took a step forward May 2 as the province’s ministers of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Public prosecutor takes aim at SNC-Lavalin’s court bid for remediation deal

May 6, 2019 by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s director of public prosecutions is firing a new volley at SNC-Lavalin that could hobble the company’s ongoing legal fight for a special settlement agreement over alleged corruption in Libya. The prosecutor wants the Federal Court of Appeal to strike

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Two dead after vehicle crashes into construction equipment on Ontario’s QEW

May 6, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OAKVILLE, Ont.—Provincial police say two people have died following a crash on a highway ramp in Oakville, Ont. Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says a vehicle crashed into stationary construction equipment and burst into flames on the Queen Elizabeth Way May 4.