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Aurora Cannabis halts construction of nearly finished production facility in Medicine Hat, Alta. to cut costs

November 15, 2019 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Aurora Cannabis Inc. is halting construction of two production facilities to save over $190 million as part of a plan to strengthen its balance sheet. The Edmonton-based cannabis producer said it will indefinitely defer completion of construction and commissioning at

News Concrete

EllisDon completes 10-hour concrete pour for new utilities building at Vancouver airport [WATCH]

November 14, 2019 by On-Site Staff

It took 10 hours of work and just short 300 loads of concrete, but EllisDon smoothly wrapped up a massive concrete pour at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) last month. Their booms crisscrossing the job site, four separate concrete pump

News Law

New head of Quebec anti-corruption police admits to ‘failure,’ vows to do better

November 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

QUEBEC—The new head of Quebec’s anti-corruption squad is seeking to assure the public he can restore trust in his embattled institution following years of criticism and problems that have marred the reputation of the once-respected police unit. Frederick Gaudreau, recently

News Health & Safety

43-year-old worker killed by falling material on Welland, Ont. construction site

November 13, 2019 by On-Site Staff

An investigation is underway after a worker on a Welland, Ont. construction site was killed by falling material Nov. 12. Police, as well as Welland Fire and emergency medical services teams, responded to an “industrial accident” Tuesday afternoon at a

News Construction

Southern Alberta village council burns proposed biowaste incinerator

November 13, 2019 by The Canadian Press

BEISEKER, Alta.—A proposal to build a biomedical waste incinerator near a southern Alberta village has been rejected after area residents raised concerns about emissions from the plant. There was loud applause from about 100 people on hand Nov. 12 when

News Roads

Alberta to widen 29-kilometre stretch of main southern highway in $76.5M project

November 13, 2019 by The Canadian Press

KANANASKIS, Alta.—The Alberta government will be widening 29 kilometres of Highway 1A in the southern part of the province. The $76.5 million project is to double the width of the section between Cochrane and Canmore, which has not had significant

News Health & Safety

Ontario fines construction firm for incident involving overhead wires in Port Perry, Ont.

November 12, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Coco Paving Inc. has been fined $50,000 for a workplace incident involving an excavator and energized wires, though no workers were injured. The company had been hired by Durham region to install an underground waste pipe in Port Perry, Ont.

News Law

What construction stakeholders need to know to navigate Ontario’s new adjudication regime

November 11, 2019 by Catherine DiMarco

Adjudication is intended to be a “swift justice” process for parties to resolve payment disputes

News Labour

Provinces step up with new funds to boost trades during National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Across the country, skilled tradespersons are expected to be increasingly short supply in the coming years, in both construction and beyond

News Labour

Construction industry loses 21,300 jobs in October, led by declines in Quebec, Ontario

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

A loss of 21,300 construction jobs in October pushed overall employment in the industry down to about 1.46 million, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada — translating to a construction labour market that’s only marginally ahead of where

News Construction

Amazon plans new warehouse in Montreal area, its first fulfillment centre in Quebec

November 8, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Amazon Canada has announced plans to open what will be its first fulfillment centre in Quebec. The U.S. online retail giant revealed few details about the new facility, but said it will be located in Lachine — a borough at

News P3s

Nova Scotia ditches P3 model for Cape Breton health centres

November 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government has quietly reversed its funding plans for two new health centres to be built in Cape Breton. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says the government will now foot the bill, instead of participating in

News Construction

Stuart Olson suspends dividend as tough environment in Alberta, oilsands continues

November 7, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Stuart Olson Inc. reported its third quarter 2019 earnings after markets closed Nov. 6. The Calgary-based contractor said it recorded $243.1 million in revenue for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, up from $223.7 million a year ago. Net earnings

News Infrastructure

GFL Environmental cancels IPO after investors seek price below range

November 6, 2019 by Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

Existing shareholders in the company, which has a hand in the construction industry through its infrastructure unit, did not feel the IPO price reflected the firm’s value

News Construction

Bird Construction revenue slips, but gross profits rise in third quarter

November 6, 2019 by On-Site Staff

Bird Construction Inc. saw its revenue decline slightly during the third quarter of 2019, but posted net income gains across all sectors, resulting in an improved gross profit percentage. The company recorded $378.6 million in revenue, versus $381.4 million in

News Infrastructure

Alberta to spend $397M to build 25 schools, looking at P3 method for five of them

November 6, 2019 by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON—Alberta is back in the business of partnering with the private sector to build schools. Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda says five of 25 new school projects being built over the next five years may be constructed using the so-called P3

News Construction

Construction of 11-tower project led by Squamish Nation scheduled to start in Vancouver in 2021

November 6, 2019 by Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—One of the largest Indigenous-led urban development projects in Canada that proponents hope will rise in the heart of Vancouver is set to double in size with 6,000 units planned. Khelsilem, a Squamish Nation councillor, said the proximity of the

News Construction

SickKids breaks ground on multibillion-dollar three-part redevelopment

November 5, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

Construction is underway on the first of three planned redevelopment projects at the Hospital for Sick Children, better known as SickKids, in downtown Toronto. An official groundbreaking ceremony held on Oct. 22 commemorated the first step in building a new

News Infrastructure

Valard to start work on $1.9B Wataynikaneyap Power project that will connect 17 Ontario First Nations to grid

November 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

More than a dozen remote First Nations communities across Northern Ontario are poised to shut down their diesel generators for good over the next four years as work gets underway on the $1.9 billion Wataynikaneyap Power project. Utility contractor Valard

News Construction

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto reach deal on reduced scope for contentious Quayside project

November 2, 2019 by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

The proposed Toronto building project will cover a 4.8-hectare site called Quayside, though it still faces numerous hurdles before shovels can get in the ground