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PCL wins $48.7M contract to overhaul campground in Jasper National Park

July 5, 2019 by On-Site Staff

EDMONTON—The contract for a major construction project in one of Canada’s busiest National Parks has been awarded to PCL Constructors Inc. Parks Canada announced last week the Edmonton-based contractor will head the $48.7 million project to overhaul Jasper National Park’s

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Feds invest $185M in six highway widening, upgrade projects in B.C.

July 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

TAPPEN, B.C.—Three major construction projects along the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia, as well as three other roadwork jobs on three other routes, are getting a combined $185 million from Ottawa. The federal government said July 3 it has set

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N.L. premier defends decision to trudge forward on Muskrat Falls megaproject

July 4, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier says the joy of his 2015 election victory was short-lived as he began to realize the dire financial situation brought on by the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject’s runaway costs. Liberal Premier Dwight Ball took

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Trudeau pledges $1.3B in federal funds for five-stop Montreal metro extension

July 4, 2019 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

The funds will help pay for an extension to the blue line on the city’s east end

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PCL among consortium picked to build new $750M hospital in Corner Brook, N.L.

July 3, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CORNER BROOK, N.L.—A seven-firm consortium has been picked to take on a major new hospital project on the west end of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced late last week the government has selected the Corner Brook Health

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Quebec man arrested after alleged rampage with stolen backhoe

July 3, 2019 by The Canadian Press

STE-THERESE, Que.—A Quebec man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a backhoe and going on a rampage on Canada Day. Local police said a 50-year-old man from Ste-Therese, north of Montreal, appeared in court July 2 on charges of theft,

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Montreal’s new Champlain bridge fully open as old bridge heads for brief retirement, deconstruction

July 2, 2019 by The Canadian Press

The ailing 57-year-old bridge required numerous late-life fixes to keep it functional while construction progressed on its modern replacement

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Demolition progressing on downtown Vancouver tower as crews prep for new 32-storey development

July 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Six months into demolition, crews working at 1090 West Pender Street in the core of downtown Vancouver have reduced a seven-level parkade essentially to ground level. They’ll soon turn their attention to tearing down an adjacent 12-storey office tower that’s

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Toronto-area firm fined $200,000 after worker killed by concrete panel on downtown construction site in 2017

July 2, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—J.N.D. Erectors Ltd. has been ordered to pay a $200,000 fine for a health and safety violation that resulted in the death of a worker on a Toronto construction site. The fatal incident happened in March 2017 at a new

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SNC-Lavalin opts for corruption trial before judge alone

June 30, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Lawyers representing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. have opted for trial by judge alone in a corruption case that has loomed over the Montreal-based engineering giant. The company was ordered to stand trial last May. The Montreal-based firm is accused of paying

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Governments putting up $81.5M to build new wastewater treatment plant in Lloydminster

June 29, 2019 by On-Site Staff

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta.—Three tiers of government and two separate provinces are coming together to kick-start a major wastewater treatment project in Lloydminster. The city, which straddles the Alberta and Saskatchewan border, has been working toward updating its water treatment facility since

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Feds, province put up nearly $50M for series of flood prevention projects in Grand Forks, B.C.

June 28, 2019 by On-Site Staff

GRAND FORKS, B.C.—A small city in south-central B.C. that sits at the confluence of the Granby and Kettle rivers is getting just shy of $50 million in joint federal and provincial funding to start construction on a series of flood

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Remnants of Italian bridge that collapsed last year demolished in controlled explosion

June 28, 2019 by The Associated Press

GENOA, Italy—A spectacular planned explosion June 28 knocked down the remaining spans and supporting pillars of the Italian bridge that collapsed last year with the loss of 43 lives. The blast in Genoa at 9:37 a.m. triggered a huge cloud

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EllisDon picked to build Orleans Health Hub in Ottawa suburbs

June 27, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Infrastructure Ontario has picked EllisDon Corp. as the preferred proponent to build a new health care facility just outside Ottawa. The crown agency said June 26 it’s selected EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare from a shortlist of five companies that advanced to

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Japan-based Yanmar to buy track and skid steer loader maker ASV for US$70.7M

June 27, 2019 by On-Site Staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.—Japanese diesel engine and equipment manufacturer Yanmar Holdings Co. is expanding its footprint in the compact equipment segment with the acquisition of Minnesota-based ASV Holdings Inc. ASV, which makes compact track and skid steer loaders, said June 27

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B.C. shortlists three construction teams for $2.8B Broadway subway extension project

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Three construction teams remain in the running for the contract to build Vancouver’s six-station Broadway subway extension project. The B.C. government released its shortlist for the $2.8 billion project June 25, about two months after closing the request for qualifications

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11 months, 60,000 cubic metres of rock later, Site C dam crews breakthrough on first of two diversion tunnels

June 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.—After nearly a year of work with roadheaders chewing through about 60,000 cubic metres of rock, tunnelling crews at B.C.’s Site C dam project are seeing daylight. BC Hydro announced June 24 that excavation crews working on

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Infrastructure bank gives Via Rail $55M for work on still-uncertain multibillion-dollar project

June 25, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Via Rail is getting $71 million in federal cash — some through Transport Canada and some from an infrastructure financing agency — to tackle the last few details needed to make the case that its high-frequency rail proposal should get

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Sidewalk releases grand vision for controversial Toronto development

June 25, 2019 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Expanding on the project’s initial scope, the subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet has mapped out an elaborate urban development project that could cost $38 billion over the next 20 years

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Ottawa’s new prompt payment rules become law, firming up pay schedule for federal construction jobs

June 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The rules are expected to benefit both general contractors and subcontractors, which can face cash flow problems if they aren’t paid quickly enough for work on major projects