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Bird subcontracted to build seven new stations for next phase of Ottawa’s light rail transit expansion

December 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction had yet to wrap up on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line when the city green-lit an expansion of the light rail network earlier this year. After a number of delays and a troublesome launch, the line entered regular service this

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BASF sells Construction Chemicals unit to U.S. private equity firm Lone Star for $4.6B

December 23, 2019 by On-Site Staff

The chemical giant had been shopping for a buyer for the business that employs 7,000 people worldwide for more than a year

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Aecon, Acciona selected as preferred proponent to build $1.4B Pattullo bridge

December 20, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The $1.377 billion replacement project is scheduled to open in 2023.

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Govan Brown opens new office catering to clients in Kitchener and Waterloo, Ont.

December 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Construction management firm Govan Brown has officially cut the ribbon at a new office in Kitchener, Ont. The location is the Toronto-headquartered company’s sixth and will cater to local clients as well as those throughout southern Ontario. “While we have

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Aecon picks up three new contracts worth $420M, including one for work on Trans Mountain pipeline

December 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Aecon Group Inc. disclosed three new contract wins Dec. 17 worth a total of $420 million. The Toronto-based contractor said it has picked up jobs in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, which will be added to the company’s backlog in

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Rail service firm Cando starts construction of new terminal outside Edmonton

December 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Construction is underway on a new rail terminal on the outskirts of Edmonton. Cando Rail Services said Dec. 17 it has started work on the Cando Sturgeon Terminal in an area known the province’s Industrial Heartland. The new rail hub

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More than 80-year-old highway bridge west of Toronto spared tear down as province pledges to rehabilitate

December 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

A historically significant and vitally important bridge that carries the Queen Elizabeth Way over the Credit River just west of Toronto has be spared from the wrecking ball. Earlier this year, the province shortlisted three construction teams to either tear

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SNC-Lavalin settles Libya charges, pleads guilty to single count of fraud

December 18, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. settled criminal charges Dec. 18 related to business dealings in Libya, with its construction division pleading guilty to a single count of fraud and bringing the engineering giant a step closer to ending a long-standing scandal that

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Nova Scotia withholds pulp mill approval, putting major construction project in limbo

December 17, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s environment minister is withholding approval of a pulp mill’s controversial proposal to pump 85 million litres of treated effluent daily into the Northumberland Strait, a decision that leaves the fate of thousands of forestry industry jobs in limbo.

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Trudeau releases mandate letter to new Minister of Infrastructure

December 17, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released the mandate letter addressed to Canada’s new Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna. The letters, which are released by the Prime Minister to Cabinet ministers at the start of a new term, highlight

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Falcon Equipment becomes Western Canada dealer for Palfinger equipment

December 17, 2019 by On-Site Staff

British Columbia-based dealer Falcon Equipment Ltd. and lifting equipment manufacturer Palfinger Group have announced a new partnership. As of Dec. 11, Falcon Equipment will begin distributing Palfinger’s lineup of loader cranes, hooklifts, skiploaders, truck mounted forklifts and other equipment at

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Ontario cancels Hamilton light rail project in what mayor calls a ‘betrayal’

December 17, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

The province said the cost of the transit project had ballooned to five times its original price tag and abruptly pulled the plug ahead of a planned press conference

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Boring starts on Toronto’s Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, first phase of $3B water infrastructure project

December 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

Components of a tunnel boring machine known as “Donnie” have been lowered and assembled at the bottom of a 50-metre shaft at a wastewater treatment plant on the east end of Toronto. The 1,000-tonne machine will begin moving material shortly

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Jury finds former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi guilty on all charges, including fraud, corruption

December 16, 2019 by Roxanne Ocampo and Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A former SNC-Lavalin executive was found guilty Dec. 15 of paying off foreign officials and pocketing millions as he worked to secure contracts for the Canadian engineering company in Libya. On the fourth day of deliberations, a jury found Sami

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B.C. pre-qualifies three build teams for final stage of highway project that will cost $125M per kilometre

December 14, 2019 by David Kennedy

A costly highway widening project just east of Golden, B.C. is one step closer to being shovel-ready. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Dec. 13 it has shortlisted three teams for the final stage of the long-running Kicking

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Proposed Toronto infrastructure levy supported by mayor and executive council

December 13, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Toronto residents may soon be paying higher taxes to fund major infrastructure projects. A proposed levy, called the City Building Fund, has been backed by Mayor John Tory. If implemented, it would increase property taxes for homeowners from 0.5 per

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Methods to avoid fraud, mismanagement needed in Nova Scotia hospital project: auditor

December 13, 2019 by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general is raising concerns about inadequate safeguards to prevent fraud and mistakes in the largest capital project in the province’s history. In a report released Dec. 10, Michael Pickup delved into the management of the $2-billion health-care

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Keeping score: How Toronto’s Bespoke Metrics is standardizing data and helping to de-risk construction

December 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

The tech company’s prequalification tool lets GCs vet subcontractors to ensure they’re capable of taking on various aspects of major projects

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Four, including three brothers, charged in alleged Ontario solar farm construction fraud

December 12, 2019 by The Canadian Press

Provincial police say three brothers are among those facing charges in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving three government-funded solar energy projects across the province. Det. Const. John Armit says the alleged fraud, believed to have taken place in 2012 and 2013,

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The tariffs have been lifted, but construction cost inflation still looms large

December 11, 2019 by Gerard McCabe

The lifting of tariffs may have been a huge weight off the shoulders of the Canadian construction market, but it remains under considerable strain. This is due to the strength of booming demand combined with months of uncertainty surrounding the