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Alberta PowerLine Partnership wins contract for Fort Mac transmission project

The Alberta PowerLine Ltd. Partnership has been awarded a major contract to build and operate a 500-kilovolt transmission project in Fort McMurray, Alta. The partnership between Alberta-based Canadian Utilities Ltd. and U.S.-based Quanta Capital Solutions Inc. had submitted a $1.433-billion bid for ...

Joseph Brant contract inked

BURLINGTON, ONT.—EllisDon Infrastructure JBH Inc. has signed a fixed-price contract with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Joseph Brant Hospital to design, build and finance the hospital’s $353.6 million expansion and redevelopment project. The project includes a new seven-storey patient care tower...

CONSTRUCTION CORNER: Spinning a sunny Christmas yarn

Once a year I like to mark Christmas by setting aside construction and all its concerns for a week, and introducing readers to some of the other work I do. Besides my construction writing, I write pieces about the history of the Canadian Prairies, and about technology and what it can mean for the ...

PHOTO: Healthy Building

Exterior work continues on the Women’s College Hospital Redevelopment project in Toronto, Ont. Contractors Walsh Construction/Bondfield Partnership have completion of the design-build/finance/maintain/operate facility scheduled for 2016. The facility will replace the existing buildings and most serv...

Industry skeptical about new Ontario high-speed rail proposal

Ontario construction leaders are both optimistic and skeptical about the provincial government’s decision to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto. "For any kind of a transit project or high...

Heading into 2015, Alberta is still hiring but so are Ontario, B.C. and Quebec

After adding more than 110,000 jobs in the past two months, it is not all that surprising that employment retreated slightly (-10,700) in November and the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7%, after dropping to a six-year low of 6.6% in October. One aspect of the recent employment stats which has ...

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....

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...

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...

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