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Canada signs onto new NAFTA despite lack of detente on steel, aluminum tariffs

November 30, 2018 by Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Canadian officials had insisted Ottawa would not sign the deal unless the punitive tariffs were lifted, but ultimately Trudeau put pen to paper in a decision that could have long-term implications for construction

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Growth to continue in Canadian rental industry; market to top US$6.3B by 2022, report says

November 30, 2018 by On-Site Staff

MOLINE, Ill.—The Canadian rental market is expected to be worth nearly US$1 billion more in 2022 than it is today, according to the latest forecast from the American Rental Association (ARA). The trade association, which represents rental houses in both

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Alberta introduces bill on future infrastructure funding for Calgary, Edmonton

November 30, 2018 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—A proposed new deal to fund municipal infrastructure in Alberta’s two largest cities would tie future money to the rise and fall in provincial revenues and to the carbon tax. “(Calgary and Edmonton) are partners in growing Alberta’s economy and

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Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveils more plans for high tech Toronto build project

November 29, 2018 by Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs unveiled more details around its ambitious plan for a high-tech Toronto community last week, but it’s unclear as to who will own what in the company’s futuristic neighbourhood, and who will pay for it. Sidewalk revealed

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TransCanada pushes to get Keystone XL pre-construction work back underway

November 28, 2018 by Matt Volz, The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont.—The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is asking a judge to change his order blocking the project to allow pre-construction work to continue, such as purchasing materials and finalizing contracts. Attorneys for the company will

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Danish logistics firm DSV officially breaks ground on 1.1 million sq. ft. warehouse in Milton, Ont.

November 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

MILTON, Ont.—The Canadian arm of Copehagen-based DSV Global Transport and Logistics has officially broken ground on a major new warehouse facility west of Toronto. The company, which has operations in 80 countries, said the complex will cover 1.1 million sq.

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Maple Leaf spending $660M to build new London, Ont. plant; construction to start next spring

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Construction of a sprawling new poultry plant in London, Ont. is set to get underway in spring 2019. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. said Nov. 27 it will spend $660 million to build a new 640,000 sq. ft. facility in

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Ottawa promises legislation to ensure federal contractors are paid promptly

November 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The federal government has vowed to enact prompt payment legislation for government contractors in its latest fiscal update. Along with offering the industry faster capital depreciation on equipment, Ottawa’s Fall Economic Statement released last week promised the new legislation that

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Governments put up $33.6M for next phase of downtown Regina renewal project

November 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

REGINA—The second phase of a project to breathe new life into downtown Regina is moving ahead with $33.6 million in joint funding from the federal, provincial and city governments. Known as the Railyard Renewal Project, the infrastructure work includes overhauling

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On-Site Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Construction Photo Contest

November 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

On-Site is officially accepting entries for its inaugural Canadian Construction Photo Contest!   Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your photography prowess — whether it’s an aerial shot of your sprawling work site that shines a spotlight on

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OPG sells Toronto’s Hearn power plant for $16M, sets off debate over value of waterfront site

November 26, 2018 by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Critics are calling for an independent appraisal of a decommissioned Ontario Power Generation plant on Toronto’s waterfront after they say the site was sold for far less than it appears to be worth. The Opposition New Democrats say something “smells

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Safety board tells Champlain Bridge builders to provide clean toilets for workers

November 24, 2018 by Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The workers building the new $4.2-billion Champlain Bridge toil in difficult conditions, high above the St. Lawrence River. But one of their biggest challenges has been to find a clean—and heated—portable toilet on the work site. Quebec’s workplace safety board

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Clark tapped to take over Alberta hospital project after Graham, province go their separate ways

November 23, 2018 by David Kennedy

The Grande Prairie hospital site became a battleground this summer as delays and cost overruns threatened the project

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B.C. earmarks $1.1B to retrofit its stock of social housing

November 23, 2018 by On-Site Staff

VICTORIA—British Columbia has set aside $1.1 billion over the next decade to upgrade its stock of social housing. With a focus on emissions, the retrofits aim to improve building efficiency and reduce energy use. The province pointed to boiler and

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Ottawa responds to U.S. tax reform, offers construction industry help in form of faster equipment depreciation

November 22, 2018 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The proposed tax changes unveiled by Ottawa this week should allow companies to free up capital and invest more in areas such as innovation

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Planned multibillion-dollar Ontario high-speed rail project facing fresh Tory scrutiny

November 21, 2018 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is considering alternatives to a planned multibillion-dollar high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor, with the government saying it wants to ensure the region gets served by a mode of transportation best suited to its needs. An ongoing environmental

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UPS spending $200M to build major new package hub outside Toronto

November 21, 2018 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—United Parcel Service Inc. is committing $200 million to build a new operations hub for small packages in Caledon, Ont. UPS said construction on the 850,000 sq. ft. facility northwest of Toronto is already underway, though it refused to

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Penn-Co Construction wins $190M deal to build four new Manitoba schools, upgrade another

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

WINNIPEG—A Manitoba construction company has won a consolidated contract with several First Nations in the northern part of the province for work upgrading and building new schools. Under the $190 million contract, Blumenort, Man.-based Penn-Co Construction Canada Ltd. will oversee

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Construction software firm PlanGrid bought by Autodesk for US$875M

November 21, 2018 by David Kennedy

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—Autodesk Inc., an American software firm that caters mainly to the architecture, engineering and entertainment industries is expanding its reach into construction by snapping up PlanGrid, a fast-growing construction software firm used by contractors, subtrades and owners. Worth

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Alberta commits $600M to spur construction of petrochemical projects

November 20, 2018 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government is expanding a royalty credit program to support petrochemical upgrading. Premier Rachel Notley says the province is adding $600 million to promote upgrading projects that she says will create jobs and boost the economy. A total of