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New B.C. order clarifies it’s ‘business as usual’ under province’s Builders’ Lien Act

April 15, 2020 by David Kennedy

A new ministerial order in British Columbia has cleared up uncertainty in the construction industry and clarified it’s “business as usual” when it comes to the province’s Builders’ Lien Act. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic March 26, Minister of

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Alberta to issue RFP for five new schools worth $100M at end of month

April 15, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Construction on a handful of new Alberta schools will get underway this summer as part of the province’s boost in infrastructure funding announced earlier this month. The province anticipates launching the request for proposal stage of procurement April 30 and

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Quebec government changes tack, will add residential construction to essential service list

April 13, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—The Quebec government has declared that home builders, miners and landscapers provide essential services and can return to work despite COVID-19 restrictions that have brought much of the economy to a halt. Premier Francois Legault first announced April 13 that

News Construction

North American Construction Group pulls guidance for 2020 in wake of COVID-19

April 13, 2020 by On-Site Staff

North American Construction Group Ltd. has joined the long list of companies that have withdrawn their 2020 financial guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic blurs Canada’s economic prospects. “Clearly, our clients are currently dealing with the extremely negative and wide-ranging impacts

News Infrastructure

After abrupt cancellation of Hamilton, Ont. LRT, new panel again recommends light rail or bus rapid transit

April 13, 2020 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—A panel created to recommend how Hamilton should spend a billion dollars on transit says the city needs a project like its recently cancelled light-rail line. The provincially-appointed group issued a report April 9 saying the city needs a “higher

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Ontario amends COVID-19 emergency order preventing contractors, suppliers from getting holdback

April 13, 2020 by David Kennedy

Holdback typically makes up the bulk of a contractor’s operating capital. Not receiving it has caused serious cash flow problems across the industry

News Construction

Alberta announces extra $1B to create jobs repairing roads, bridges, schools

April 11, 2020 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta is adding $1 billion to its budget to repair more roads, schools, bridges and potholes as a way to create jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Jason Kenney said the plan will create thousands of jobs and any work

News Construction

Toronto easily tops other North American cities in latest crane count, but COVID-19 muddies outlook

April 10, 2020 by David Kennedy

Toronto remains virtually unopposed in the low-stakes race for North America’s construction crane crown. The city boasts 121 of the steel towers in the latest iteration of Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.’s Crane Index, carried out in the first quarter of

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Quebec preparing plan to reopen economy as infection rate stabilizes

April 9, 2020 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec Premier Francois Legault said April 9 health risks for younger people returning to work are limited considering almost all Quebecers who have died of COVID-19 are over the age of 60. And if those younger workers — particularly in

News Construction

Ontario to let construction run 24 hours a day to speed health care projects, help contractors stagger shifts

April 9, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Health care projects currently taking shape across Ontario will now be allowed to run all night without running afoul of city noise by-laws. Premier Doug Ford, along with Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton, announced a new

News Construction

Canada loses a million jobs in March, but construction industry holds steady

April 9, 2020 by David Kennedy

Just over one million jobs, or 5.3 per cent of all positions, evaporated across Canada in March as governments urged residents to stay at home and businesses closed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Statistics Canada released its latest Labour

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COVID-19 plan key part of Keystone XL pipeline construction acceleration, says CEO

April 9, 2020 by The Canadian Press

The CEO of TC Energy Corp. says the company is fine-tuning its plan to guard against the spread of COVID-19 as it moves ahead with site preparation for the US$8-billion Keystone XL Pipeline project. Russ Girling says crews are working

News Construction

Ontario order to close job sites sows confusion, creates concern over industry’s ability to bounce back

April 8, 2020 by David Kennedy

Until last week, Ontario’s construction industry seemed poised to ride out the coronavirus crisis by implementing added health and safety precautions

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Liberals asked to help cover overruns on projects delayed by COVID-19

April 8, 2020 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

Billions in infrastructure funding was slated to leave federal coffers to help pay for construction this spring and summer. Some of that work is now on hold

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Former SNC-Lavalin CEO took home $7M in 2019, despite stepping down in June

April 8, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Former SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. CEO Neil Bruce earned a full $7 million in 2019, though his tenure came to an end less than halfway through the year. Bruce, who ceded the top spot to Ian Edwards in June, received a

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Where does your province stand? Construction slows, but different jurisdictions taking different approaches

April 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

Differing classifications for essential workers across Canada has led to little coast to coast uniformity for construction

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Edmonton-based utility contractor Epcor shares top honour at B2W client awards

April 7, 2020 by On-Site Staff

A Canadian utility contractor was one of four honoured last month at U.S. tech firm B2W Software’s annual client awards. Edmonton-based Epcor Utilities Inc. shared the Best Use of a Single B2W Product Award for its replacement of spreadsheets with

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Coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to create affordable cities

April 4, 2020 by Howard Ramos, Alan Walks and Jill Grant

  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. Every crisis shows cracks in the current system and points

News Infrastructure

CEO out, new board chair in as Liberals shakeup infrastructure bank leadership

April 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal government is shaking up the people in the top spots at the Canada Infrastructure Bank, including saying goodbye to the chief executive and installing a new board chair. Out is Pierre Lavallee, the first CEO of the infrastructure

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Ontario orders closure of more construction sites, but many residential projects allowed to continue

April 3, 2020 by David Kennedy

Despite widespread shutdowns last week in other segments of the economy, construction activities were exempted from the initial closure orders