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Construction begins on $700 million residential development in Montreal, the city’s largest

September 27, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Montreal’s skyline is about to get taller. On Sept. 26, a team of developers broke ground on Maestria, the city’s largest mixed-use residential real estate project.  A joint effort between Devimco Immobilier, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and Fiera

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China opens new Beijing airport with world’s largest terminal

September 27, 2019 by The Associated Press

BEIJING—President Xi Jinping on Sept. 25 inaugurated a second international airport for the Chinese capital with the world’s biggest terminal. Beijing’s Daxing International Airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers a year. Located on the capital’s south side, it

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Crews near finish line on $66M highway twinning project outside Saskatoon

September 27, 2019 by On-Site Staff

A major road construction project southwest of Saskatoon is nearing completion. The Saskatchewan government announced Sept. 23 crews working on a $66 million twinning project on Highway 7 between Saskatoon and Delisle are preparing to open a final 12-kilometre stretch

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Manulift extends reach in Toronto area, opens new operations centre in Stoney Creek, Ont.

September 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Quebec-based lifting equipment dealer Manulift is scaling up its operations in Ontario with a new operations centre just outside Hamilton, Ont. The company said Sept. 26 it has opened the doors at the nearly $12 million facility that covers 30,000

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EllisDon and PCL shortlisted for $1.9B Vancouver hospital project

September 26, 2019 by David Kennedy

Currently a sprawling parking lot, the site of the new hospital is one of the largest undeveloped plots of land left in Vancouver

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New Brunswick starts work on $45M project to replace two bridges along key forestry route

September 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Work to replace a pair of aging bridges on Highway 10 in central New Brunswick is set to begin in the small community of Coles Island. The province set aside $45 million for the project in April 2018 and has

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Bustling Tim Hortons drive-thru straining road infrastructure in Fredericton

September 25, 2019 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

The troublesome drive-thru has divided officials over whether public funds should be used to improve local roads or if the business should foot the bill

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Bird wins $140M contract to build new two-tower development in Halifax

September 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Bird Construction Inc. has won a new contract to take the lead on construction of a new two-building mixed-use project in Halifax. The construction management deal with Westwood Construction is worth $140 million. The Mississauga, Ont.-based contractor released other

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Graham completes big concrete pour as work progresses on new Vancouver tower [WATCH]

September 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—After about two years of pre-construction, demolition and excavation work, crews at the site of a future 43-storey tower in Vancouver’s west end are inching their way upward. More than 100 workers from Graham Group Ltd. spent 14 hours earlier

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Nova Scotia hires two contractors to remove collapsed crane from Halifax building

September 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff, with files from The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Days after declaring a localized state of emergency to speed up the removal of a construction crane toppled as post-tropical storm Dorian swept through Halifax, the Nova Scotia government has hired two contractors to take down the ruined crane. The

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Hydro One spending $150M to build new grid control centre in Orillia, Ont.

September 24, 2019 by On-Site Staff

ORILLIA, Ont.—After several years of uncertainty, Ontario utility Hydro One Inc. is moving ahead with construction on a major operations centre in Orillia, Ont. The company said Sept. 23 it plans to spend $150 million to build the new grid

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Halifax police looking for man who slashed traffic controller and drove off

September 24, 2019 by The Canadian Press

Halifax police are searching for a man who cut a traffic controller with a knife in the city’s west end early Sept. 23. Investigators say the incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. after the traffic control person advised a motorist

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Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart city project

September 23, 2019 by Blayne Haggart

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. With the federal election campaign under way, it’s helpful to have

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The ‘proper invoice’: What parties to a construction project need to know

September 23, 2019 by Catherine DiMarco

The new prompt payment provisions under section I.1 of Ontario’s Construction Act (formerly called the Construction Lien Act) are scheduled to come in to effect on October 1, at the same time as Part II.1, which includes the adjudication provisions.

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Molson Coors cuts the ribbon at new $300M Chilliwack, B.C. plant after three years of work

September 19, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CHILLIWACK, B.C.—Construction is complete on a major new brewery in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley after three years of work. Top officials from Molson Coors Canada were on hand to cut the ribbon at the new plant that will serve Western

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Ottawa’s opens new $2.1B light rail line after six years of construction

September 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—After half a dozen years of construction and several substantial delays to the original timeline, service launched last weekend on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line. “Today really is the result of years of planning and extremely hard work,” the city’s Mayor

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B.C. won’t use court ruling as tactic in pipeline battle: environment minister

September 18, 2019 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Environment Minister George Heyman says British Columbia can’t stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project but will use a court-ordered review of its environmental assessment certificates to protect the environment and coastal economies. In a decision released Sept. 17, the

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Crews top out world’s tallest residential tower at 1,550 feet

September 18, 2019 by On-Site Staff

NEW YORK—After five years of construction, crews in New York City have extended a new tower a block south of Central Park to its full height of 472 metres (1,550 feet) — laying claim to the label of world’s tallest

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‘They really hate us’: New prompt payment rules may help mend relationship between GCs, subtrades

September 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

Tension between separate levels of the construction industry is part of the business. Legal changes may relieve one major source of strain

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SNC-Lavalin’s exit from fixed-price construction jobs shakes up shortlists for two big-ticket B.C. projects

September 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

The shortlists for Metro Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project and the Pattullo Bridge Replacement project are both now missing a prominent name