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Ottawa, Quebec announce $500M for reconstruction of Canada’s longest highway tunnel

June 4, 2019 by Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada’s longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. “We’re bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century,” said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe

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Liberals postpone policy update that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid ban from federal business

June 3, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government has postponed a long-awaited update to Canada’s corporate-misconduct provisions, including changes that could help SNC-Lavalin avoid being barred from lucrative federal contracts. The government wants more time to study how it will modernize its so-called “integrity regime”

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Ottawa investing $47M to increase capacity at the Port of Halifax

June 3, 2019 by Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Port of Halifax is getting $47.5 million from Ottawa to boost its capacity to handle goods, but the big news for most residents will be the resulting reduction in container truck traffic in the downtown core — a noisy,

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Ontario plumbers, pipefitters strike for first time in 30 years after negotiations reach impasse

June 3, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

Projects underway across the province could face disruptions. Talks to reach a resolution are ongoing

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Quebec City port authority plans to build $775M container terminal with two big-name partners

June 3, 2019 by On-Site Staff

QUEBEC CITY—The Quebec Port Authority (QPA) has signed a long-term deal with CN Rail and global port operator Hutchison Ports to develop a major container terminal in Quebec City. The $775 million project is still being reviewed by the Canadian

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Infrastructure Bank commits $2B to Ontario GO Transit expansion as province issues RFP to four bidders

June 1, 2019 by David Kennedy

The multibillion-dollar expansion aims to modernize the Toronto area’s regional rail network through a series of new construction projects and upgrades

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Younger generation gets chance to try out construction trades as industry stares down labour shortage

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—For three days earlier this month, thousands of Ottawa-area students got to try their hands at everything from real-life glass cutting and soldering to welding in virtual reality. Future Building 2019 rolled through the EY Centre in the Canadian capital

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Two Ottawa construction firms, site supervisors fined for death of worker on condo project site

May 31, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Two construction companies as well as a site supervisor with each firm have been fined a combined $677,500 for the death of a worker on an Ottawa condo project site just over three years ago. The victim was struck by

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Toronto thoroughfare earns ignominious title as worst road in Ontario

May 30, 2019 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—The voters have spoken… and there’s a new worst road in Ontario. The Canadian Automobile Association released the results of its 2019 Worst Road competition May 30, singling out Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue East for the less than flattering title. CAA

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Developer Brivia looks to lay claim to tallest residential tower in Montreal with 61-storey, $400M project

May 30, 2019 by On-Site Staff

MONTREAL—A real estate development firm with several completed projects under its belt and a couple more in progress is setting its sights higher. Brivia Group announced plans May 30 for a 61-storey tower near Phillips Square in downtown Montreal. If

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12,000 Ontario plumbers, steamfitters on standby to strike, threatening construction work in province

May 29, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

WHITBY, Ont.—Plumbers and steamfitters are prepared to hit the picket lines May 31 in what would be the sector’s first work stoppage in more than three decades. The imminent strike of 12,000 trades workers could threaten to shake up ongoing

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Judge rules SNC-Lavalin headed to trial on charges of fraud, corruption

May 29, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—A Quebec judge has ruled that SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is headed to trial on charges of fraud and corruption. The decision is the latest step in criminal proceedings that began last fall after the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant failed

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Casino and condos are out, but plenty on the table as province looks to redevelop Toronto’s Ontario Place

May 29, 2019 by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has ruled out a casino and condos at the site of Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront as it issues a call for development proposals, but the future of the park’s iconic Cinesphere is in question. Michael Tibollo, the minister

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Court rules B.C. can’t limit oil shipments in major blow for pipeline fight

May 28, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—British Columbia lost the largest tool in its toolbox to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with a court decision last week that concluded it can’t restrict oil shipments through its borders. The unanimous ruling from the B.C. Court of

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Construction of $125 million hydroelectric generating station in northern Quebec slated for 2020

May 28, 2019 by Jillian Morgan

MONTREAL—Partners of the Innavik project inked an agreement May 27 to build a $125 million hydroelectric generation station in one of Quebec’s northernmost, diesel-fueled communities. Hydro-Québec, Pituvik Landholding Corporation and Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. say the 7.5-megawatt station on the

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Nova Scotia’s 4,200 bridges need more monitoring: auditor general

May 28, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the province’s bridges must be improved more quickly and monitored more effectively. In a audit released May 28, Michael Pickup found the Transportation Department isn’t providing its managers with the information needed to make decisions

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PCL picks up construction management contract for $500M expansion of Calgary’s BMO Centre

May 28, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—The Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC) has selected a expert team to design and oversee construction on a project to modernize and expand the city’s BMO Centre. The conventional centre’s $500 million facelift has been in the works for years

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Cross-Canada construction corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

May 27, 2019 by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press

The idea of a dedicated zone to build rail, power lines and pipelines has been kicked around for half a century. Fresh backing could mean big gains for construction

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Ottawa allots $76M to replace sea dams, upgrade other water infrastructure in Surrey and Delta B.C.

May 26, 2019 by On-Site Staff

SURREY, B.C.—Aiming to reduce the risks of coastal flooding in the Vancouver area, the federal government has allocated $76 million from its Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to replace or upgrade infrastructure in Surrey and Delta, B.C. The funding will

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Feds, city spending $122M to kick-start major water infrastructure work in Kitchener, Ont.

May 25, 2019 by On-Site Staff

KITCHENER, Ont.—Work on a series of water infrastructure projects to better protect Kitchener, Ont. from potential flooding are getting underway in the city west of Toronto. The federal government announced just shy of $50 million in funding for the slew