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Montreal’s new, $4.4B Champlain bridge opens to first traffic

June 24, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Six months late and millions of dollars over budget, Montreal’s new Samuel De Champlain Bridge opened to northbound traffic early June 24, officially beginning the replacement of its crumbling but very busy predecessor. Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was riding

News Construction

Ledcor starts construction on new ‘stacked box’ office tower in Vancouver expected to become city’s tallest

June 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Construction is officially underway on a new high-rise in downtown Vancouver expected to become the tallest office building in the city. The tower’s developers held a groundbreaking for the project June 20, kicking off a construction period scheduled to take

News ConstructionFinancing

Plan for construction of $595M Alberta superlab scrapped as Kenney makes good on promise

June 22, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—Alberta is cancelling construction of a medical superlab and scrapping a plan to put all laboratory services under government control. Premier Jason Kenney promised to do so before his United Conservative government was elected in April. The former NDP government

News Construction

Former Dessau executive pleads guilty to bid rigging scheme in Gatineau, Que.

June 22, 2019 by The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que.—A former regional vice-president for the Dessau engineering firm has pleaded guilty to participating in a bid-rigging scheme that cost the City of Gatineau, Que., an estimated $1.8 million. Michel Famery was ordered to serve nine months of house

News Financing

Volvo Group announces funding for construction of memorial along Ontario’s Highway of Heroes

June 21, 2019 by On-Site Staff

WHITBY, Ont.—Just a few months after the federal government committed $2.9 million to construct a living memorial along Ontario’s Highway of Heroes, the project has received financial backing from the Volvo Group. The campaign, which aims to raise a total

News Construction

Lindsay Construction starts work on new school in Paradise, N.L. after landing $30.9M contract

June 21, 2019 by On-Site Staff

ST. JOHN’S—Work is underway on a new middle school in Paradise, N.L. designed to accommodate 800 students. Nova Scotia-based Lindsay Construction won the contract for the $30.9 million project in April and now has shovels in the ground, the province

News FinancingInfrastructure

C-69, federal bill overhauling environmental approval process for major construction jobs, clears final hurdle

June 21, 2019 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The highly controversial bill, along with another piece of legislation barring oil tankers from B.C.’s northern coast, is poised to become law after gaining the Senate’s stamp of approval

News InfrastructureRoads

Ontario revives possibility of building major new highway on northwest end of Greater Toronto Area

June 20, 2019 by David Kennedy

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives have pulled a major Toronto-area highway project quashed by the previous Liberal government from the dustbin, relaunching an environmental assessment (EA) into the potential Greater Toronto Area West Highway Corridor. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of Transportation,

News Construction

Construction on new $330M Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa area to start this year

June 20, 2019 by On-Site Staff

GATINEAU, Que.—Construction of a unique facility designed to house part of the federal government’s vast trove of Canadian heritage documents, photos, artwork and films is poised to get underway later this year. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Plenary Properties

News Compact EquipmentHeavy Equipment

Brandt signs deal to become exclusive dealer for American Augers, Trencor in Canada

June 20, 2019 by On-Site Staff

REGINA—The Brandt Group of Companies has announced a new deal that will make it the exclusive dealer for American Augers and Trencor equipment across Canada. The Regina-based company said the agreement will give its customers access to the full American

News Software / Hardware

Quebec-based Pomerleau aims to improve operations through new partnership with Procore

June 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Pomerleau Inc. is looking to increase operational efficiencies and improve its construction processes through a new partnership with Procore Technologies Inc. The U.S.-based technology firm said June 19 that the Canadian contractor will use its construction management software to help

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion gets second green light from Ottawa

June 19, 2019 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

The federal Liberals pitched the divisive pipeline project as a compromise between the environment and the economy

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Graham-led consortium picked to build rail overpass, elevated guideway in busy Toronto neighbourhood

June 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—A construction team led by Graham Group Ltd. has been tapped as the preferred proponent for the Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation project, a major rail realignment job on the west end of Toronto. Provincial government agencies Infrastructure Ontario and

News Compact EquipmentHeavy EquipmentSoftware / HardwareTrucks

Volvo teams up with tech firm Nvidia on autonomous trucks, construction equipment

June 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—With the market for automated vehicles continuing to gain traction, Volvo Group and U.S. tech firm Nvidia are teaming up on the development of the complex series of systems behind driverless trucks, construction equipment and public transport vehicles. The

News Labour

LNG Canada training initiative aims to recruit women to work on Kitimat, B.C. megaproject

June 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The team of companies behind the development and construction of a major liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s north coast have launched a new initiative aimed at recruiting more women to work on building the liquefaction plant and export

News ConstructionSoftware / Hardware

Q&A: Procore CEO Tooey Courtemanche on productivity, technology and the skilled labour gap

June 17, 2019 by David Kennedy

On-Site sat down with the construction technology firm’s chief executive for his take on some of the biggest opportunities and challenges in Canadian construction

News BridgesConstruction

Montreal’s new Champlain bridge to open July 1, but builders could be on the hook for millions for late finish

June 17, 2019 by David Kennedy, with files from The Canadian Press

After four years of construction, work on the new $4.2 billion Samuel De Champlain Bridge has entered its final weeks, but the question of penalties for the major delay remains

News FinancingInfrastructure

Runway, taxiway upgrades to begin at Hamilton, Ont. airport as feds chip in to help fund $38.9M project

June 16, 2019 by On-Site Staff

HAMILTON, Ont.—A significant rehabilitation project at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is set for liftoff. The federal government announced an $18.5 million contribution June 14 to help fund the infrastructure project that’s expected to approximately 350 construction jobs

News ConstructionLabour

Construction industry faced highest number of unfilled jobs in Q1, surpassing national average: CFIB

June 15, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—The number of unfilled jobs in Canada’s construction sector outpaced all other industries and the national average in the first four quarter of 2019, according to a recent report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Coast to coast, 435,000

News Construction

Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce says succession process began in 2018

June 15, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce, who stepped down abruptly as head of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. June 11, says the process to replace him was in the works for at least six months. Bruce says in a LinkedIn post that the process started last