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B.C. ditches plan for $3.5B Massey Bridge, stays mum on timeline, cost of alternatives

December 18, 2018 by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

The bridge was designed to replace the 59-year-old George Massey Tunnel. Construction started in 2017 before being halted when the NDP came to power

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Nova Scotia begins search for construction team to take on $2B hospital redevelopment project

December 18, 2018 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has issued two requests for supplier qualifications for the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada’s largest hospital complex. The province says it has begun the search for the team that will design, construct, finance and maintain

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EllisDon wins $239M contract for major rebuild of GO train station in Vaughan, Ont.

December 17, 2018 by On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—A construction team led by EllisDon has won a $239 million contract to overhaul a GO Transit station just north of Toronto. Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx announced last week that the EllisDon Infrastructure Transit construction consortium will design, build

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Brampton, Ont. rethinks Hurontario LRT route, looks at tunnel option in major expansion of scope

December 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

Lengthening the line would add hundreds of millions to the construction contract. The current design is expected to cost $1.4 billion

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SNC-Lavalin cuts 100 Canadian jobs as politicians warn it’s vulnerable to foreign takeover

December 14, 2018 by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover. The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable

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Federal minister feuds with new N.B. premier after dramatic project cuts

December 13, 2018 by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON—The federal intergovernmental affairs minister has launched an attack on the Tory premier of his home province, after dramatic project cuts that left millions of federal dollars on the table. Dominic LeBlanc said the cuts announced earlier this week in

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Vancouver construction crew gets free lunch, courtesy of Huawei CFO facing extradition

December 13, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—A pizza delivery to the Vancouver home of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou turned into an offer of lunch Dec. 12 for members of the media camped outside. When six pizza were delivered to Meng’s house the delivery driver was instructed

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Director of hydrovac firm Badger Daylighting resigns over rejected secret takeover offer

December 12, 2018 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—A director who served for 25 years on the board of Badger Daylighting Ltd. said he’s resigning over its decision not to bring to its investors a secret takeover proposal made last summer. David Calnan, a Calgary lawyer who has

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Ketza Construction wins $29M contract to build new Whitehorse secondary school

December 12, 2018 by On-Site Staff

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government has awarded a local construction firm a $29.4 million contract to build a new French language secondary school in Whitehorse. The territory handed Ketza Construction the design-build contract for the new school Dec. 11, noting the cost

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Non-residential building permits fall sharply in October, led by industrial segment

December 12, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The value of newly-issued building permits slipped 0.2 per cent across the country in October, led mainly by a 7.0 per cent slide in the non-residential sector. Non-residential building permits brought in a total of $2.9 billion over the course

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Work on Massey Hall revitalization project in full swing in Toronto as province reiterates $30M in funding

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The doors of one of Canada’s most iconic music venues swung shut early this summer as construction crews got to work on a two-year revitalization project. As the new Ontario government reiterated a $30 million funding pledge originally made by

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Proposed Ontario bill aims to open tendering process to non-union construction firms

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—In its latest drive to “cut red tape” the new Ontario government has introduced a bill that would rewrite a more than 30-year-old stipulation that restricts certain cities, schools and hospitals to hiring unionized construction firms for infrastructure work. The

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Caterpillar dealer Finning to buy Canadian on-site refueling firm 4Refuel for $260M

December 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—Finning International Inc. is stepping up its on-site services offering with a major acquisition. The Caterpillar dealer said Dec. 11 that it has agreed to buy both the Canadian and U.S. operations of mobile refueling firm 4Refuel for $260 million.

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Coalition aims to put First Nations in the driver’s seat on major construction projects

December 10, 2018 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Tired of waiting for major construction projects to come to them, a growing coalition of First Nations is instead taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. “We really are in a place looking to diversify our

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Metrolinx doled out extra $237M to keep Eglinton Crosstown on schedule

December 10, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Nearly a quarter-billion dollars in extra funding from Ontario agency Metrolinx kept the largest transit infrastructure project in the country on track when construction began to fall behind schedule last year, according to a report released last week by Ontario

News Labour

Surge in job growth drives Canada’s unemployment rate down to new 40-year low

December 7, 2018 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The construction industry also showed positive momentum last month, adding nearly 15,000 jobs

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Picturesque waterfront community proposed for site of decommissioned Ontario coal plant

December 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The 177-acre brownfield site in Mississauga, Ont. is expected to become a flurry of construction activity as developers push to transform the valuable piece of lakeside real estate

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ATCO joins Bird-led consortium building 4,500-person lodge for LNG Canada workforce

December 4, 2018 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—ATCO Ltd. has joined the construction team responsible for a major new workforce lodge linked to LNG Canada Inc.’s liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C. The Cedar Valley Lodge will house about 4,500 of the workers building the new

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GMC Sierra is Canada’s truck king

December 4, 2018 by Mario Cywinski

The Canadian Truck King Challenge (CTKC) celebrated its 12th anniversary by crowning the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali as its champion. Sierra beat out five other challengers for the crown, marking the first time that General Motors has won in

News Demolition

Bronte Construction wins $5M contract to demolish piers left after Cornwall, Ont. bridge replacement

December 3, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—The federal crown corporation that oversees four international Ontario bridges, including one in Cornwall, Ont., has awarded Bronte Construction a $5 million demolition contract. The funding from the Federal Bridge Corporation Ltd. will pay for the removal of three in-water