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QMD starts construction on new 44-storey Montreal tower

September 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Work is underway on a new 44-storey residential tower across the street from the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal. Known as Soltice Montreal, the upscale 339-unit development on Rue de la Montagne is being built by Les Entreprises QMD Inc.

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Feds backing construction of new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg airport with $30.4M in funding

September 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

WINNIPEG—Construction of a new cargo warehouse at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is poised to get off the ground with tens of millions in backing from the federal government. Ottawa late last week it plans to spend $30.4 million

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Buildings Group at Stuart Olson lands $130M in new contracts

September 12, 2019 by On-Site Staff

CALGARY—Stuart Olson Inc. said Sept. 11 that its Building Group has secured several new contracts that total $130 million. Though it released few details of the new agreements, it said they include a contract for the construction of a new

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2,300 pigeons killed, 635,000 kilograms of bird poop cleared in Saskatoon bridge fix

September 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon says about 2,300 pigeons have been killed as part of a project to rehabilitate a major bridge. The city says the dead birds have been removed from the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge along with 635,000 kilograms

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Cities urge federal leaders to wade into wastewater debate

September 11, 2019 by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—In Canada’s largest city, raw sewage flows into Lake Ontario so often, Toronto tells people they should never swim off the city’s beaches for least two days after it rains. Across the country in Mission, B.C., a three-decade-old pipe that

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Construction of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion still faces hurdles

September 11, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Barbara Gard calls her three-hectare property, nestled below the forested peak of Sumas Mountain, a “miniature Stanley Park.” Its lush trees and flowing creek reminded her of Vancouver’s majestic park, and she immediately knew she wanted to call it home.

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Alberta asks court whether environmental assessment process for major construction projects is constitutional

September 11, 2019 by Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—The Alberta government has asked the province’s Appeal Court to rule on whether Ottawa’s new way of handling environmental assessments for major construction projects such as pipelines is constitutional. The government filed its challenge with the court Sept. 10. It

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B.C. begins procurement process for final stage of costly Kicking Horse Canyon highway project

September 11, 2019 by David Kennedy

The final 4.8-kilometre segment of the Kicking Horse Canyon project is expected to cost a whopping $601 million

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Feds spending $153.7M on new bridge, rail infrastructure and port facilities in Prince Rupert, B.C.

September 10, 2019 by On-Site Staff

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.—Three infrastructure projects on Canada’s West Coast, worth a combined $311 million, are getting a significant boost from Ottawa’s National Trade Corridors Fund. The federal government said Sept. 5 it has approved $153.7 million in funding for work

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Construction industry loses 2,100 jobs in August after major July gain

September 10, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—The construction industry’s labour market gave up some of its earlier gains last month with employment declining 0.1 per cent on the month, Statistics Canada said in its latest assessment. The 2,100 jobs, seasonally adjusted, lost in August follow a

News Financing

Ontario proposes deal to build $126M French language university

September 9, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario has secured half of the funding for a proposed French-language university, the Progressive Conservative government said last week as it invited Ottawa to come up with the other half. The project would cost $126 million and take eight years

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Cleanup begins after Dorion slams Maritimes, topples Halifax construction crane

September 9, 2019 by Michael MacDonald and Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—A storm with hurricane-force winds that hit the Maritimes left more than 400,000 homes and businesses without electricity, as repairs began Sept. 8 to downed power lines and buildings damaged by splintered trees. Joseph Elias, 85, stood in the hallway

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Brandt to buy Nortrax, creating coast-to-coast John Deere dealer

September 9, 2019 by On-Site Staff

REGINA—The Brandt Group of Companies has struck an agreement to buy the Canadian operations of John Deere dealer Nortrax. More than two dozen dealerships owned by Nortrax Canada Inc. and Nortrax Quebec Inc. will change hands as part of the

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Montreal’s Mirabel cargo airport to get $107M to fund expansion, add new warehouse space

September 9, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MIRABEL, Que.—Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business. Last week, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for

News ConstructionLaw

How prompt payment and adjudication rules will impact relationships throughout the construction payment chain

September 3, 2019 by Sandra Skivsky

New rules for construction payments are likely to cause some short-term pain, but the changes also offer an opportunity for a culture shift throughout the industry

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Small equipment increasingly offering big machine performance

September 2, 2019 by Doug LeVouger

Smaller machines are making an impact. Visit any job site today and you’ll likely find more than one piece of compact equipment in the fleet. An evolving construction industry has led to an increase in the use of small equipment

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Kiewit breaks ground on $411.8M Tlicho all-season road project in Northwest Territories

September 1, 2019 by On-Site Staff

WHATI, N.W.T.—A major all-season road project in central Northwest Territories is officially underway after a groundbreaking Aug. 24 in the small community of Whati, northwest of Yellowknife. The three-year construction project will link Whati, traditionally a fly-in community on Lac

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Ontario rips up Ring of Fire deal with First Nations to pursue bilateral talks on road project

August 31, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

Ontario is ripping up an agreement with First Nations on building road access to the Ring of Fire region in favour of pursuing individual deals with the nine communities, saying the move will speed up development of the mining project.

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Three tiers of government set aside $240M for 15 water infrastructure projects across B.C.

August 30, 2019 by On-Site Staff

VANCOUVER—Federal, provincial and local governments are prying open their wallets to fund a series of 15 water and wastewater projects across British Columbia. At an announcement in West Vancouver Aug. 27, politicians from all levels of government said they had

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Alberta regulator gives go-ahead for what would be largest solar project in Canada

August 30, 2019 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Provincial regulators have approved a $500-million solar power project in southern Alberta that its developers say will be the largest in Canada. Privately held Greengate Power Corp. of Calgary says approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission means it can proceed