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Ontario government, Toronto looking at multiple options for subway upload

February 13, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario and Toronto have agreed to ground rules for talks on Premier Doug Ford’s plan to take over the city’s subway system, with the discussions including options for a partial upload of the network or none at all. The province

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B.C. shortlists three bid teams for major Vancouver-area interchange project

February 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

DELTA, B.C.—A significant highway upgrade project involving an interchange in Metro Vancouver is down to a trio of bidders. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said Feb. 8 it has picked three construction consortia to submit bids for the

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SNC-Lavalin faces criminal probe over Montreal bridge contract, documents reveal

February 13, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain

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Trudeau in the hot seat over SNC-Lavalin allegations, as former justice minister heads for the exit

February 12, 2019 by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was surprised and disappointed by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation Feb. 12. The former justice minister resigned from the federal cabinet one day after Trudeau suggested her continuing presence there was proof she didn’t think she’d

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Man arrested after Bobcat stolen from construction site slams into Toronto home

February 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Toronto police have arrested a man after a stolen piece of construction equipment crashed into a home on Toronto’s east end Feb. 9. The Bobcat loader, which was originally misidentified as a bulldozer, slammed into the house at Danforth and

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The impending shortage: Canadian construction industry has 300,000 jobs to fill over next decade

February 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

With hundreds of thousands of industry veterans set to hang up their hard hats, construction firms need to step up their recruitment efforts

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Construction industry shed 8,500 jobs in January, even as overall economy gained ground

February 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—Employment in the Canadian construction industry dipped for the second-straight month in January, shedding 8,500 jobs, according to the latest Statistics Canada data. The 0.6 per cent seasonally adjusted decline from the month before occurred even as the overall economy

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Bobcat adds new dealer just south of Edmonton

February 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

NISKU, Alta.—Compact equipment manufacturer Bobcat Co. has added a new authorized dealer just outside Edmonton. The company said Feb. 7 is has expanded its dealer network to include Bobcat of Nisku in the province’s Leduc County. The new location is

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Trudeau denies report his office pressured attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin

February 8, 2019 by Joan Bryden and Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied a potentially incendiary allegation that his office told former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution. The Quebec engineering and construction giant has faced legal trouble over allegations it paid

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Green buildings must do more to fix our ‘climate emergency’

February 8, 2019 by Meg Holden and Rebecca Holt

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. After more than three decades of talk about the potential of

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Province gives NextBridge go-ahead to construct northern Ontario transmission line

February 6, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—The provincial government has handed a project to build a transmission line in northern Ontario to NextBridge Infrastructure, a partnership between NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge Inc. and OMERS Infrastructure. Ontario announced Jan. 31 that it had issued an an Order

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Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for smart city infrastructure research

February 6, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MARKHAM, Ont.—The City of Markham, Bell Canada and IBM Canada are teaming up to test a new generation of internet-connected systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding. Mayor Frank Scarpitti says Markham will serve as

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Ontario government confirms $633M in funding toward CAMH hospital redevelopment

February 6, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

TORONTO—A project by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to overhaul two mental health facilitates in downtown Toronto has received a leg up from the province. Premier Doug Ford confirmed $633 million in funding Jan. 30 towards the redevelopment

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EllisDon teams up with investment firm Fiera Capital on P3 projects

February 6, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Asset management firm Fiera Capital Corp. and contractor EllisDon have formed a new partnership to work together on a series of Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The long-term agreement, signed last October but disclosed Jan. 29, covers a portfolio of nearly

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Feds dismiss Ontario’s call to drop retaliatory U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs as ‘unilateral surrender’

February 5, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

Ottawa said Canada’s reciprocal tariffs are “critical” in pressuring the U.S. to call an end to the trade dispute “once and for all”

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End of an era: 20 years of ‘almost uninterrupted’ construction growth poised to slow

February 5, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction activity is expected to inch forward at a slower pace over the next decade as certain provinces ramp up work and others tap the brakes, BuildForce Canada says

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Chandos Construction establishes Toronto leadership team as part of continued expansion

February 4, 2019 by On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Several months after promoting a pair of internal executives to its top leadership and beginning an expansion into British Columbia and Ontario, Chandos Construction Ltd. has shored up its ranks in Canada’s most populous city. The Alberta-based contractor said Feb.

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Hopes melt for ice bridge at Dawson City, Yukon, as territory ends project

February 4, 2019 by The Canadian Press

DAWSON CITY, Yukon—The Yukon government is pulling out of a project to build an ice bridge across the Yukon River that would have provided a winter-time connection between Dawson City and the little suburb of West Dawson. A snowcat broke

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleads guilty for role in Montreal hospital bribery

February 1, 2019 by Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin CEO Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust in connection with a bribery scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant

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PCL taps Toronto district chief to lead Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure unit

February 1, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Toronto—PCL Construction has tapped veteran Todd Craigen to lead the company’s Eastern Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure as the unit’s new president. Formerly a senior vice-president and district manager for the Greater Toronto Area, Craigen will take over for recently-retired