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NEB approves $453M Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project, clearing way for construction

June 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The National Energy Board has signed off on a major power project that will carry electricity generated at Manitoba’s array of hydro plants to neighbouring Minnesota. The federal regulator approved plans for the $453 million Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project June 14

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EllisDon appoints senior vice-president to oversee Construction Sciences unit

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—EllisDon Corp. announced June 11 it’s expanding the role of David Klassen, the current senior vice-president of Design-Build. Along with maintaining his responsibilities within the Design-Build business unit, Klassen will now head up EllisDon’s Construction Sciences division, also as

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Ottawa opens funding spigot to help pay for $206.7M Toronto storm sewer system

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—A water infrastructure project aimed at reducing the risk of basement flooding in west Toronto is moving ahead with $73.2 million in backing from the federal government. The stormwater project, centred roughly at Rogers and Caledonia Roads on the west

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Construction begins on $450M mixed-use Espace Montmorency project in Montreal suburb of Laval

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

LAVAL, Que.—Construction is underway on a major mixed-use building project in the Montreal suburb of Laval. Montoni Group and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ, the driving forces behind the project, said June 11 crews have started work on a $450

News Labour

Ontario plumbers, pipefitters return to work after week-long strike

June 12, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WHITBY, Ont.—Just a week after Ontario plumbers and steamfitters walked off the job over work hours and hiring practices, the two labour organizations involved in the dispute have struck a deal. The Ontario Pipe Trades Council said June 11 it

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Metso buys Ontario-based crusher and screener manufacturer McCloskey for $464M

June 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—An Ontario-based manufacturer that makes mobile crushing and screening equipment has been snapped up by industrial machinery maker Metso in an agreement worth $420 million. The Finland-based company, which makes equipment for the mining, aggregates and process industries, among others,

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Grant Beck, president and CEO of Graham Group, dies suddenly

June 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CALGARY—A veteran member of Canada’s construction industry and the president and CEO of Graham Group, died suddenly last week, according to a statement from the company’s executive team and board of directors. “With heavy hearts, the employees and leadership team

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After big April gain, construction employment slips in May

June 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The construction labour market rallied in April after four straight months of losses, but it slipped back to its losing ways in May, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The industry shed approximately 8,600 jobs in May, seasonally

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Ontario construction industry prepares for new prompt payment, adjudication rules expected to bring ‘profound’ change

June 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Contractors, subcontractors, owners, construction lawyers and a wide range of other stakeholders in Ontario’s construction industry have four final months to prepare for one of the most significant changes to the province’s building industry in years. After a long series

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OPG relocating headquarters east of Toronto, planning construction of new campus for 2,000 workers

June 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CLARINGTON—Ontario Power Generation is planning to consolidate its workforce in Clarington, Ont., drawing staff from 15 locations across southern Ontario. The crown-owned generating company, which produces about half of Ontario’s power, said June 10 it expects to start construction on

Neil Bruce takes over leadership at SNC-Lavalin
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SNC-Lavalin CEO steps aside as board eyes new direction for ailing firm

June 11, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Neil Bruce’s tenure as CEO of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. came to an end June 11, capping off a near four-year stint marked by a 42 per cent plunge in share price and a political controversy tied to an ongoing corruption

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On-Site reveals Canada’s 2019 Top Contractors

June 10, 2019 by David Kennedy

Our annual report highlighting the 40 largest construction companies in the country

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Ontario infrastructure needs more funding from feds, province for economy to maintain momentum: report

June 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

VAUGHAN, Ont.—About a year into its tenure, the Ontario Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford has not been shy about declaring the province “open for business.” The sentiment may be a positive one from an economic standpoint, but according

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SNC-Lavalin delays decision on whether to opt for judge or jury in corruption trial until June 28

June 7, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is pushing back its decision on whether to opt for a trial by jury or by judge alone in a corruption case that has tripped up the engineering giant and ensnared it in a political controversy for

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Pelly Construction wins $44.4M contract for remediation project at contaminated Faro Mine in central Yukon

June 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

FARO, Yukon—A significant remediation project on the site of a contaminated mine northeast of Whitehorse is moving to the next phase. Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada said May 31 it has awarded Pelly Construction Ltd. a $44.4 million contract

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Documents show feds pushing Infrastructure Bank to back major Via Rail construction project

June 7, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Federal officials are pushing the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to back Via Rail’s high-frequency rail project, according to documents tabled in the House of Commons. The response to a written question from New Democrat Robert Aubin details the eight times between

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Edmonton shortlists three construction teams for $2.6B Valley Line West LRT

June 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The procurement battle for one of the largest transit infrastructure projects in the country is down to three consortia. The City of Edmonton released a three-team shortlist for the approximately $2.6 billion Valley Line West LRT project June 5. The

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Rival all-Alberta Indigenous coalition sets sights on Trans Mountain pipeline

June 6, 2019 by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Indigenous competition for the right to buy an equity stake in the Trans Mountain pipeline system is heating up, with an Alberta group announcing June 5 it intends to assemble a province-wide coalition of supporters. Iron Coalition said it has

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SNC-Lavalin encouraged to overhaul business model, sell off Canadian construction operations

June 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Faced with steep legal challenges, one financial analyst says the company should divest its Infrastructure unit and refocus entirely on engineering and other services

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Bird Construction shuffles top leadership, McKibbon to take over as president and CEO

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Bird Construction Inc. is shaking up its top leadership, appointing industry veteran Terrance McKibbon as its next president and CEO. McKibbon, who spent more than 20 years at Aecon Group Inc. before joining Bird as chief operating officer in 2017,