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Feds open funding spigot for series of Ontario water infrastructure projects

January 9, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—A set of 10 water infrastructure projects ranging from a minor generator upgrade at Pelee Island’s wastewater plant to a multimillion-dollar lowering program in Halton Region are set to receive federal funding. Ottawa said Jan. 8 that it has set

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Alberta plots future road upgrades as heaviest-ever load snakes out of Edmonton en route to petrochemical site

January 8, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The heaviest piece of equipment to ever move across Alberta’s road network has begun a four-day journey from a fabrication plant in Edmonton to the site of a new petrochemical facility a few dozen kilometres away. The 96-metre propylene-propane splitter

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Quebec City consumed by debate over new span across St. Lawrence that could cost up to $10B

January 7, 2019 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River. Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly

News Construction

Construction employment slides in December, ends 2018 with slightly larger workforce

January 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—A construction hiring surge in November that saw the industry add nearly 15,000 jobs did not carry into December. According to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, the construction industry shed 2,400 jobs, seasonally adjusted, in the final month of

News Roads

Driving improvement for Alberta’s roads

January 2, 2019 by Ron Glen

How would you feel if you read a notice in the elevator you were taking to the 30th floor that said 43 per cent of the cable carrying you was in fair to poor condition? Or the pilot announced that

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Liberals look to Infrastructure Bank to finance rural, remote broadband internet

January 2, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections. Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever

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Understanding the impact of engine idling

January 2, 2019 by Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison, Petro-Canada Lubricants

Downtime for a construction operation can cause significant disruption and have a real impact on a company’s bottom line. It’s therefore essential to ensure that equipment is running smoothly — even in the most difficult and extreme conditions. There are

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Construction industry embraces unlikely source of growth: shifting work off the job site

January 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

Modular building comes into its own as timeline and labour issues squeeze builders

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Saskatchewan company fined $80K after crane strikes scissor lift with worker inside

December 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

SASKATOON, Sask.—Crane rental agency Prairie Crane Inc. was slapped with a $80,000 fine after a worker operating a scissor lift was truck by an overhead crane. The worker suffered serious injuries to his arm and pelvis when the scissor lift

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Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure

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LafargeHolcim wins contract for major highway project in Vancouver

December 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The Canadian arm of multinational construction materials firm LafargeHolcim has won a contract worth more than $100 million to serve as the prime contractor on a major highway project at the northern end of Metro Vancouver. The B.C. government announced

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Crews complete main structure of new Champlain bridge as project drifts past original deadline

December 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction crews at the Champlain bridge job site marked a project milestone Dec. 19, but it wasn’t the Christmas present many in Montreal has been hoping for. The event, held two days before the bridge’s original Dec. 21 completion date,

News Construction

First of 17 remote Ontario First Nations plugged into grid as $1.6B power line project progresses

December 24, 2018 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—The first of 17 remote First Nations has been connected to Ontario’s power grid under a $1.6-billion expansion project. The diesel generating station in Pikangikum First Nation, more than 200 kilometres north of Kenora, Ont., was shut down Dec. 20

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It’s been an eventful year in Canadian construction. Take a look at the stories that shaped 2018

December 21, 2018 by On-Site Staff

From the long-awaited go ahead on the Gordie Howe bridge project to the still-raging battle over steel and aluminum tariffs, 2018 has kept builders busy

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U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs ‘contradict’ new NAFTA deal and have to go, Freeland says

December 19, 2018 by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs contradict a key component of the new North American trade agreement — the pivotal section on autos — which will ultimately lead to their demise, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says. U.S. businesses are

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Nova Scotia to spend $300M to improve roads and bridges in 2019-20

December 19, 2018 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s roads, highways and bridges will get $300 million in upgrades in 2019-20 — a $15 million increase over last year. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says much of the additional funding will go toward twinning portions

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Take a ride through Elon Musk’s oddball underground construction project

December 19, 2018 by Amanda Lee Myers, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES—Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel Dec. 18, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.”

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Amazon to build new distribution centre outside Edmonton

December 19, 2018 by The Canadian Press

NISKU, Alta. – Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is opening a new distribution centre in Leduc County, just south of Edmonton, with plans to create 600 full-time jobs by 2020. The e-commerce company says the approximately 92,900-square-metre (one-million-square-foot) centre in

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Bronte Construction awarded $26M contract for Port Dalhousie Piers repair project

December 18, 2018 by On-Site Staff

ST. CATHARINES, Ont.—Ottawa has awarded Bronte Construction a $26.3 million contract to repair a marina on Lake Ontario. Construction on the Port Dalhousie piers is anticipated to begin in early 2019 and wrap up in March 2021. Concrete decks will

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Alberta backs highway twinning project south of Grande Prairie

December 18, 2018 by On-Site Staff

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta.—A project to twin a 19-kilometre stretch of highway outside Grande Prairie is moving ahead. The provincial government announced support Dec. 14 for a pair of highway projects in the growing city northwest of Edmonton. The larger of