December 31, 2012
Looking back at the past year in construction news: September – December
Canadian infrastructure report card unveiled
The message of the first-ever Canadian Infrastructure Report Card is more important than the actual findings, said the president of the Canadian Construction Association.
The report card surveyed 123 municipalities, representing from 40.7 to 59.1 per cent of the Canadian population.
Construction bosses pay cash to Quebec mob
Ties between well-known construction entrepreneurs and the highest figures in the Italian Mafia were laid out before Quebec’s corruption inquiry where, after months of anticipation, witnesses started to name names. These transfers were made at a notorious Montreal Mafia hangout while authorities quietly observed.
CCA supports federal red tape action
The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) gives a thumbs-up to the federal government’s announced plan to cut red tape. The red tape reduction action plan introduces six changes, intended to reduce the administrative burden on business, make it easier to do business with regulators, and improve service and predictability.
Ontario construction reflects on McGuinty
Dalton McGuinty will be remembered by Ontario construction as the infrastructure premier, said industry stakeholders. Following news of his decision to resign and prorogue Queen’s Park, construction leaders assessed the impact McGuinty had on Ontario construction during his nine-year tenure as premier.
OCOT membership fees unveiled
Ontario College of Trades’ (OCOT) membership classes of apprentices, tradespersons and journeyperson candidates will pay $60 annually. Journeypersons and employer/sponsors will pay $120 a year. The college is expected to begin accepting membership on April 8, 2013. OCOT will represent 157 skilled trades.
IO adopts project bundling framework
After a series of meetings with stakeholders from the design and construction sectors, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) adopts a six-point framework for the bundling of projects. The document stipulates that IO will employ measures to protect local and other segments of the design and construction sectors when considering project bundling.
Mixed labour reaction to union disclosure bill
Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), passes in the House of Commons, further dividing union and open shop organizations in the Canadian construction industry. The bill will require public disclosure of the finances of labour organizations, including unions.
New federal skilled trades program lauded
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is unveiled by the federal government. The program will build the foundation to address construction labour shortages, said the Canadian Construction Association. Previously, workers had to apply through a program which emphasized post-secondary education and official language proficiency.
|MOST POPULAR STORIES|
- PCL Constructors works on Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto
- Tower Hill unveils 56-storey condo tower project
- Hundreds of workers to be out of work as Caterpillar Inc. is set to close Toronto factory
- London association withdraws from COCA
- OPG $1 billion proposal to bury nuclear waste up for comment
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|TODAY’S TOP CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS|
These projects have been selected from 316 projects with a total value of $2,787,806,637 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Friday.
$90,000,000 Richmond Hill ON Prebid
$82,000,000 White River Twp ON Tenders
$40,650,000 Markham ON Prebid
- VIDEO: Competing in the trades
- Provinces need to loosen up apprenticeship rules
- Way Up on Westwood
- Building Up On Bayview
- Barrie Construction Association rolls with motorcycle ride for cancer
- Vimy Ridge memorial gets new visitor centre
- Minnesota Vikings unveil new multi-use stadium plan
- Proposed Ambassador Bridge twinning draws Windsor mayor’s ire
- Construction on pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport continues to make progress
- Construction Site Arson
- Journal of Commerce Update for the week of May 20th, 2013
- Industry reacts to surprise B.C. Liberal majority
- Calgary Airport Tunnel
- Worker at centre of union sign up allegations speaks out
- Calgary program aims to get more people into the trades
- Midrise in the City
- Veterans battle barriers into the trades
- Government makes changes to online tendering
- SNC-Lavalin maintains that new bribery allegations have been resolved
- B.C. faces a tough battle for top talent
- Keyano College building state of the art training facility
- Essential skills can play a vital role in an apprentices' success
- Taking a closer look at the risks in green building for contractors
- Colleges conduct construction research in addition to teaching
- Skills Canada BC Competition
- Lower Mainland high school trades program is unique
- Construction Learning Forum aims to educate
- High schools looking for more industry participation
- Industrial construction supervisor program takes off
- Saskatchewan bill passed
- Edmonton garners support for regional cash for arena
- Feds pledge $5 million for Vimy memorial
|ALEX’S ECONOMICS BLOG|
Reed Construction Data Canada’s Chief Economist Alex Carrick discusses current developments in the North American economic environment with emphasis on the construction industry.
- An Overview of Prices and Sales in the Diverging U.S. and Canadian Housing Markets (April 25, 2013)
- Canada’s Precarious Dependence on the Commodity Price Super-Cycle (April 22, 2013)
- Twenty major upcoming residential and transportation terminal construction projects - April 2013 (April 15, 2013)