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Ontario to allow all construction work to resume next week

May 14, 2020 by David Kennedy

After an approximately six-week closure, all sites are poised to reopen Tuesday

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Stuart Olson revenue ticks up in first quarter, anticipates ‘gradual’ return to normal post-pandemic

May 14, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Stuart Olson Inc. posted a small increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2020 as it began reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. The Calgary-based contractor said its revenue amounted to $224.9 million for the first three months of the

News Construction

From crisis to recovery: The emerging landscape for estimating, budgets and outcome construction costs

May 13, 2020 by Arif Ghaffur, FRICS

The discussion about opening up the Canadian economy continues in parallel with an increasing desire to get back to business, albeit indications are that it is not going to be “business as usual.” There is recognition that the transition from

News Construction

Bird sees revenue rise in Q1, expects profitable 2020 despite COVID-19

May 13, 2020 by On-Site Staff

More industrial work helped Bird Construction Inc. record a nearly 23 per cent increase in revenue in the first quarter of 2020 and shifted its bottom line into the black. The company posted $321.6 million in revenue for the first

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Feds unveil new COVID-19 stream for provincial infrastructure program

May 12, 2020 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is preparing to spend more than $3 billion in infrastructure money on projects to make facilities more pandemic-resistant and encourage outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna says. McKenna told The Canadian Press

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Ontario pulls plug on new Halton courthouse at tail end of procurement

May 12, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Instead of revealing a winning bidder for a major new courthouse in Oakville, Ont., the province is cancelling the project. Attorney General Doug Downey announced the decision to pull the plug on the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse May 8. For

News Construction

COVID-19 prompts urbanites to rethink ‘grand bargain’ of dense city living, with major implications for builders

May 11, 2020 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The densely populated slums of Montreal’s Griffintown were the subject of a famous 1897 study by businessman and philanthropist Herbert Ames, whose work on the disease-ridden tenements influenced generations of urban planners on how to develop healthy cities. Ames’s study,

News Labour

Construction labour market walloped in April, with job losses topping 300,000

May 8, 2020 by David Kennedy

The extent of the job losses is considerable, but the vast majority of the lay-offs are expected to be temporary

News Infrastructure

Manitoba bolts $500M onto infrastructure spending plan to stimulate economy

May 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly behind it, Manitoba is shifting into recovery. Premier Brian Pallister announced a $500 million increase to the province’s two-year infrastructure spending plan May 7. “As Manitoba continues to flatten the COVID curve,

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Dexter, Nova construction consortium wins $718M contract for highway twinning project

May 7, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A contract been awarded for the twinning of a notorious stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway in northeastern Nova Scotia. The province says Dexter Nova Alliance outbid two other companies shortlisted for the $717.9 million project. The consortium is to design,

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Sidewalk Labs pulls out of smart city project planned for Toronto waterfront

May 7, 2020 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

The Google affiliate had pitched a wide range of innovative ideas for the smart city project, but faced criticism over privacy protections

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‘Booster-shot’ adds $2B to Saskatchewan’s infrastructure spending plan

May 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Saskatchewan is tacking an extra $2 billion in infrastructure spending onto its capital plan to help spur the province’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Scott Moe announced the updated two-year, $7.5 billion capital plan May 6.

News Construction

More work on multi-unit residential projects allowed to restart in Ontario

May 6, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Ontario continues to add more aspects of the construction industry to its essential service list as it makes good on its commitment to gradually reopen the industry. In a press conference May 6, Premier Doug Ford said below-grade work on

News Construction

ICUEE rebrands as The Utility Expo ahead of 2021 event

May 6, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Utility pros planning to arrive in Louisville, Ky. for the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) next fall will find a new banner hanging over the Kentucky Exposition Center. The biennial show has rebranded as The Utility Expo ahead

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Man arrested in Vancouver after climbing crane, getting machine started

May 6, 2020 by The Canadian Press

A man is in custody after climbing a crane tower at a construction site on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sergeant Aaron Roed says the man scaled the crane last night and was able to get into the operating booth and start

News Construction

Construction outlook darkens, but extent of COVID-19 fallout uncertain as industry scrambles to adjust

May 5, 2020 by David Kennedy

How long physical distancing rules remain in place and how quickly the economy can bounce back will shape how construction weathers the crisis

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Construction, infrastructure expectations take sharp turn in Q1 as COVID ‘shock’ stokes fears

May 5, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Strongly positive sentiment heading into 2020 turned negative during the first quarter as the COVID-19 crisis broadsided the building industry. Fears over a struggling economy in the wake of widespread shutdowns have persisted, despite significant fiscal intervention from government, according

News Health & Safety

Not ‘like flipping a light switch’: Ontario construction sector to reopen gradually, minister says

May 4, 2020 by David Kennedy

With the industry’s reopening process starting this week, the supply of PPE will play a major role in getting workers back on job sites

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Toronto speeds up infrastructure work to take advantage of quieter streets

May 4, 2020 by David Kennedy

With 45 to 65 per cent less traffic on Toronto roads, the city is making use of the pandemic-related slowdown to speed up a number of planned infrastructure projects. “Despite the current challenges we are facing with COVID-19, this is

News Construction

Ontario loosens restrictions on construction, will allow work to restart on some projects May 4

May 1, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Excavation and other site prep for projects in the industrial, commercial and institution (ICI) and residential segments will be allowed to resume