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Manitoba announces $57.5M in funding for school infrastructure projects

April 23, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is spending $57.5 million to overhaul aging school infrastructure across the province. Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen unveiled the 59 planned projects April 18, which include renovations and new construction for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools. The Public

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Alberta halts construction of superlab to allow incoming UCP a chance to review it

April 23, 2019 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta has halted construction of a medical superlab, saying it wants to allow the just-elected United Conservative government time to review the project. An Alberta infrastructure representative says in an email that the “pause” is intended to minimize costs incurred

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Trudeau to be portrayed on Canuck-themed episode of ‘The Simpsons’

April 22, 2019 by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be portrayed in Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of “The Simpsons,” which is titled “D’Oh Canada.” Toronto journalist Lucas Meyer revealed April 22 that he got to guest-voice Trudeau for the segment after a video of his

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Feds, BC Hydro fund $289M transmission line expansion in Peace region

April 22, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA—British Columbia’s northeast is getting an electricity boost to help power natural gas expansion in the Peace River region and fight global warming. The federal government and Crown-owned BC Hydro have announced a project to expand transmission lines to meet

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Manitoba Premier launches review of construction approval process at Winnipeg City Hall

April 20, 2019 by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government is launching an independent review of how Winnipeg city hall approves and inspects construction projects and property development, to address what Premier Brian Pallister says is a drag on the economy. Pallister also offered April 18 to

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Feds push deadline for Trans Mountain pipeline decision into June

April 19, 2019 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government says it is delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18 in order to wrap up consultations with Indigenous groups. The deadline is being pushed back by almost a month on the

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Toronto compromises on changes to noise bylaw that threatened construction

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Continuous concrete pours and heavy crane work will continue to be permitted overnight throughout Toronto, but will be subject to new restrictions following a vote at city hall April 17. The change represents a compromise between councillors pushing for a

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Mississauga, Ont. kicks off road construction season as it paves way for major LRT job

April 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—More than 30 new and continuing road construction jobs are on the books this year in Ontario’s third largest city as Mississauga construction crews and commuters brace themselves for years of work on the Hurontario Light Rail Transit project.

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Five-year timeline to rebuild fire-ravaged Notre Dame questioned as investigators probe cause

April 17, 2019 by Thomas Adamson And Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press

PARIS—Nearly US$1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years was facing accusations of being

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Ontario not working with feds on building projects, endangering summer construction starts, Trudeau says

April 17, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

KITCHENER, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government of dragging its feet on vital infrastructure spending and says the indecision endangers work for the summer construction season. Trudeau criticized Premier Doug Ford’s government during a funding announcement at

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Ontario pauses funding for high-speed rail corridor, will look at enhancing current services

April 16, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario is pausing all capital funding for a proposed high-speed train corridor from Toronto to Windsor, Ont., a move opposition critics says will derail the project. The province’s 2019 budget delivered last week said the Progressive Conservative government will explore

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PCL wins $217.6M contract to redo exterior of major federal office tower complex in Gatineau, Que.

April 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

GATINEAU, Que.—One of the most recognizable sets of office towers in the Ottawa area is poised to undergo a major facelift. Public Services and Procurement Canada said April 15 it has awarded a $217.6 million construction management contract to PCL

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Combating the labour shortage with operational efficiency gains

April 15, 2019 by Jason Barber

Contractors can optimize job site productivity and reduce the need for additional workers by using proven tools for planning and executing work

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Pomerleau consortium picked to build two long-term care facilities in Newfoundland

April 15, 2019 by On-Site Staff

ST. JOHN’S—A consortium headed by Quebec-based contractor Pomerleau and investment firm Fengate Asset Management has been tapped to build two new long-term care homes in central Newfoundland. NL Healthcare Partners topped two other construction teams vying for the project. It

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Road repaving, other Whitehorse infrastructure work gets $23.5M from Ottawa, Yukon

April 15, 2019 by On-Site Staff

WHITEHORSE—Three infrastructure projects in Yukon’s capital are moving ahead with millions in fresh funding from the feds and territory, plus a small contribution from the city. Ottawa said April 12 it will contribute $17.4 million to the trio of projects.

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Ontario budget promises overhaul of apprenticeship, skilled trades system

April 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The scarcity of skilled workers across Ontario is no secret. Construction employers, among others, often face a serious challenge finding tradespersons to fill roles, resulting in project delays and higher costs. The 2019 Ontario budget, the first released under Premier

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Canadian construction costs balloon as steel and aluminum tariffs exact a heavy price

April 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

The trade battle was expected to be brief, but nearly a year after the U.S. imposed duties on Canadian steel and aluminum, the tariffs remain firmly in place

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Few SNC-Lavalin rivals have been granted DPAs, contrary to CEO’s claims

April 12, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—It was a sunny Wednesday in March, and Neil Bruce was making his case for why SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. deserved a negotiated settlement over corruption charges tied to alleged dealings in Libya. After spending six weeks in the eye of

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Ontario tightens purse strings, Tories don’t plan to balance books until 2023-24

April 12, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s books won’t be balanced within the Progressive Conservatives’ mandate, but the government’s first budget serves up an era of gradual belt-tightening with a side of booze. The Tories peg the current deficit at $11.7 billion, and they don’t expect

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Newfoundland to build new prison to replace notorious Victorian-era penitentiary

April 11, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador has announced it is replacing its notorious Victorian-era men’s prison, one of the oldest in Canada. Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, N.L. has faced decades of criticism for its harsh, violent conditions for inmates