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Industry voices support for Site C project approval

The construction industry is resoundingly supporting the decision to move forward with the Site C project, but other organizations are less enthusiastic about the megaproject. The $8.75 billion project is scheduled to start in 2015 and wrap up in 2024. "Site C is the right project at the right time...

Site C construction to start in 2015

B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced that the province has approved the Site C Clean Energy Project, arguing that it will provide British Columbia with the most affordable, reliable clean power for more than 100 years. "Affordable, reliable, clean electricity is the backbone of British Columbia's ec...

Transportation ministry names contractors of the year

Roadbuilding and maintenance contractors were honoured by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at the annual Deputy Minister Transportation Awards in Victoria, B.C. "We're so proud of all the contractors that we work with in the ministry," said Transportation Minister Todd Stone....

Ontario and Quebec advocate for federal infrastructure cash

OTTAWA—Ontario and Quebec finance ministers are strongly stating the time is now for the federal government to make more investments in public infrastructure in order to support job creation and economic growth in Canada. Recently, the two provinces urged the government to increase its funding f...

Green building products evolution continues

For the past few years, a seminar on new and innovative green building products has been a staple at Construct Canada. This year was no exception, as Windmill Development Group and BuildGreen Solutions partner Rodney Wilts provided an update on the latest technologies, materials and systems — his ...

Industry keeps close eye on MTO’s roadbuilding vehicle definition work

Ontario’s roadbuilding construction sector is paying close attention to the progress of an Ontario Ministry of Transportation proposal to change the definition of a roadbuilding machine under the Highway Traffic Act. The proposal has been posted on the province's regulatory registry since Septembe...

Canadian steel demands federal support

The Canadian steel industry is demanding the federal government take action to support domestic suppliers who are being prevented by protectionist U.S. legislation from participating in the construction of a ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. "We think that it is only a matter of time before t...

Holcim to power cement production with discarded K-cup packs

LONGUEUIL, QUE. — It’s become popular to grab a K-cup pack, throw it in the Keurig, make a cup of coffee and then throw it away. However, one company now intends to use recovered K-cup packs as an alternative fuel for a cement plant. Holcim Canada and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc., a subsidiary o...

Trend lines of construction starts in Canada - November 2014

The accompanying chart shows the trend lines of construction starts in Canada as of November 2014. This chart looks at 12-month moving totals of the two major non-residential building categories in Canada − total ICI starts and engineering work. ICI stands for industrial, commercial and institutiona...

Top 10 largest construction project starts in Canada - November 2014

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in November 2014. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when job-s...

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