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April 21, 2014

Scotiabank sees slow growth in housing

Scotiabank says Canada’s housing market is in the process of transitioning to slower growth and will remain on a “subdued trajectory” over the next several years, imposing a modest drag on output growth as the effects make their way through the broader economy

April 17, 2014

Upset waters over new Ontario diving regulations

Recent changes to the Ontario Diving Regulations have landed the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in somewhat turbulent waters with some members of the province’s professional diving community.

April 17, 2014

RFP released to shortlisted teams for Milton hospital expansion

Infrastructure Ontario and Halton Healthcare Services have released a request for proposals to the three teams shortlisted to design, build, finance and maintain the Milton District Hospital expansion project.

April 16, 2014

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty died suddenly on Thursday, less than a month after quitting the cabinet.

April 16, 2014

World Cup stadium strike comes to an end

Workers ended a strike at the World Cup stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba after disrupting traffic for nearly two hours and forcing organizers to accept their demands on April 10.

April 15, 2014

Trio of Ontario associations update electronic plansroom for their members

A group of Ontario’s local construction associations have taken a step forward by adopting a new, advanced electronic plansroom platform.

April 15, 2014

Waterloo Region LRT work agreement almost done

Work on the first stage of a long-awaited light rail transit system to serve the Waterloo Region will swing into gear as soon as the groups involved finalize the terms of the public-private partnership development agreement.

April 14, 2014

Green bonds could be tax-free solution to transit funding

With the prospect of an election growing more likely every day, the minority Liberals’ spring budget may turn out to be more campaign platform than peace treaty.

April 11, 2014

CRA shares tax filing tools and tips for construction

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has some handy tips for construction employers and apprentices to keep in mind as the April 30 tax filing deadline approaches.

April 10, 2014

Industry debate still surrounds OCOT on its first anniversary

April 8 marked the first anniversary of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and both supporters and detractors of the college gathered at Queen’s Park to celebrate and voice their opposition during the milestone.

April 10, 2014

New Ontario deficit pegged at $11.3 billion, reports government

Ontario’s new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion, a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget, reports the provincial government.

April 10, 2014

391 bridges in Nova Scotia have serious damage

Nova Scotia’s bridges are corroding and crumbling to the point where 391 of those inspected were listed as having serious damage including missing concrete, says a provincial database.

April 9, 2014

Canada’s North: Infrastructure on mining wishlist

Speaking at the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in Toronto in March, business representatives from the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) had a different take as they discussed infrastructure and other challenges they face — and some of their recent achievements.

April 9, 2014

Caterpillar execs headed to Capitol Hill to explain tax strategy

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.

April 8, 2014

The concept of dedicated buyers

The concept of dedicated buyers is an interesting subject and many municipalities do work under this procurement system.

April 7, 2014

Bill 69 a success, says OGCA

Bill 69 has proven to be an unqualified success. As a private member’s bill it had very limited time on the legislative calendar. However, despite this, it launched a spirited discussion across the construction and design industry and obtained heightened attention from the municipal and broader public sectors. They all agreed in the end to the principles of prompt payment. The Premier Kathleen Wynne government appropriately responded with a commitment, not only to prompt payment but with a promise to co-ordinate it with a review of the Construction Lien Act. It is not common for a private member’s bill to achieve such a strong endorsement from government.

April 7, 2014

PCL signs $70.5-million deal to build new McMaster health facility

PCL Partnerships has signed a $70.5-million fixed price contract to design, build and finance the new McMaster Children’s Health Centre.

April 7, 2014

Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire far from fading

It’s been a burning question in mining circles the last few years – when will northwestern Ontario’s Ring of Fire see production?

April 7, 2014

Glass fibre concrete wrap use in construction waiting for a break out role, says expert

Wrapping concrete beams, walls, slabs and columns with a fibre-reinforced polymer or using fibre rods as rebar has proved to increase load capacity and prevent cracking and degradation but breaking the price barrier remains elusive, says one expert.

April 4, 2014

Steady investment leads to better productivity, say Ontario Liberals

The Ontario government says its investments in infrastructure, health care and education will increase productivity and support economic growth in Ontario as employers and workers adapt and seize opportunities in the new global economy, according to its recent Long-Term Report on the Economy.

April 4, 2014

Tories say Liberal budget will come May 1 and increase spending $5.7 billion

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they have obtained documents that show the Liberal government will add at least $5.7 billion in new spending in a budget that will come May 1.

April 4, 2014

Drive for Bill 69 results in Ontario lien act review

Many in Ontario’s construction industry are applauding the provincial government’s decision to undertake an independent review of the Construction Lien Act.

April 3, 2014

Planning and reporting key to jobsite safety

For safer jobsites, companies should encourage workers to plan for the worst and report near misses, heard the audience at a recent Canadian Construction Association (CCA) panel discussion.

April 3, 2014

ONroute centres ontrack for complete revamp

Site contamination and public safety were some of the biggest concerns when creating the new ONroute service centres along Ontario’s Highways 400 and 401.

April 2, 2014

How to close the gender gap e-book released by U.S. electronic engineers

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)-USA has released the first in a series of e-books on women engineers.

April 1, 2014

Integrity is everything in procurement

I am very concerned with what I have seen over the last several weeks related to the tender process at several municipalities.

April 1, 2014

Canadian budget watchdog questions claims of labour shortage and mismatch

Canada’s budget watchdog says there’s little evidence of serious labour shortages or a skills mismatch problem in the country.

April 1, 2014

U.S. economy takes a jump during last quarter of 2013

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

March 31, 2014

Workplace safety due diligence vital to everyone, says expert

Maintaining a safe workplace requires a team effort. Under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “Act”) everyone has an important role to play — employees, supervisors, constructors, management and site owners.

March 31, 2014

Cost-tracking team for Muskrat Falls set

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has appointed a committee of bureaucrats to keep track of costs and deadlines during the construction and operation phases of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

March 28, 2014

Should Ontario prompt payment bill and Lien Act be linked?

During the second day of committee hearings for Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, presenters were asked if the issue should be encompassed within reforms to the Construction Lien Act.

March 28, 2014

International rail companies charged by Brazilian authorities

Prosecutors in Brazil have charged executives from a dozen international companies, including Montreal-based Bombardier, with forming a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo.

March 26, 2014

Prompt payment bill still needs work committee hears

Though it seems that stakeholders are supportive of the basic principles of prompt payment, most who presented at the first day of Bill 69’s committee hearing did not want to see it passed in its current form.

March 26, 2014

Carpenters’ Campbell honoured by BBPA

Chris Campbell may be surprised that he is one of this year’s winners of the Black Business and Professional Association’s (BBPA) Distinguished Men of Honour award handed out at the Toronto Region Board of Trade recently but anyone who knows Campbell well sees the business representative of the Carpenters’ Local 27 as deserving of the award.

March 25, 2014

The nuances of termination rights

Termination rights and the municipal laws that apply is an issue that would appear to be misunderstood by some municipalities in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) as to how to the law applies.

March 25, 2014

EDC to work with construction for bonding solution

Export Development Canada (EDC) made its case to Canada’s construction industry recently that a permanent industry-based solution is needed for bonding P3 projects domestically.

March 25, 2014

Ontario is debt-ridden, says Fraser Institute study

By every measure, Ontario is much deeper in debt than California, the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

March 25, 2014

National human resources toolkit now available: CCA

An updated national human resources (HR) toolkit is now available and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is taking a “wait and see” approach to see if seminars on it will be needed.

March 24, 2014

National guidelines needed for prompt payment: CCA

A national set of guidelines on the principles of prompt payment should be developed, concluded the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) general contractors council during the association’s recent 96th annual conference.

March 24, 2014

Ottawa LRT named P3 deal of the year

Ottawa’s light-rail transit (LRT) project, the Confederation Line, has been named the North American Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.

March 24, 2014

Middle class safe from tax increases

The Ontario government has announced that it will go ahead with a transportation and infrastructure plan that won’t include increases in the gas tax, HST or personal income taxes for the middle class. The province is set to increase the minimum wage to $11 an hour starting June 1, in addition to a 30 per cent tuition grant, full-day kindergarten and a plan to bring down auto insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent.

March 21, 2014

A look at Canadian P3s over a decade

According to a recent study conducted by consulting company InterVISTAS, public-private partnerships (P3s) have generated $51.2 billion in direct economic output to Canada and 290,680 direct full-time equivalent jobs between 2003 and 2012.

March 21, 2014

Alberta still a heavyweight when it comes to job creation

When it comes to job creation in Canada, there’s Alberta and then there’s everybody else.

March 21, 2014

The ‘perfect’ lien act a step closer to reality?

Development of a “perfect” lien act for construction took some significant steps at the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) recent 96th annual conference.

March 21, 2014

Aviva Canada finds new home in Downtown Markham

Superior amenities and the unique benefits provided by a mixed-use development are among the many reasons why Aviva Canada Inc. (Aviva Canada) recently announced plans to relocate their head office to The Remington Group’s Downtown Markham development.

March 20, 2014

Shiny and Sleek

Exterior work has reached the top floor at the Southwest Quadrant Renewal Phase 1in Brampton, Ont.

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