Sudbury biosolids plant wins national P3 award
Something is rotten in the state of
Denmark. Or, if you live in Lively, something smells rotten.
For more than 30 years the City of
Greater Sudbury has used tailings ponds in Lively, on the city's
outskirts, to dispose of sewage sludge from its wastewater treatment
Province takes stock of its highway work
The Ministry of Northern Development
and Mines released a year-end statement on Nov. 29 of the $2.2
billion pumped into highway projects and the 20,000 construction jobs
created across Ontario.Among the highlights in the northeast
are reconstruction and resurfacing projects on Highway 144 north...
Wood mid-rise bill heads to committee
Construction of mid-rise wood frame
buildings in Ontario could soon become reality.Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced that
his private members’ bill -- Bill 13, the Ontario Forestry Industry
Revitalization Act -- passed second reading at Queen's Park with
all-party support.“This is a huge
Sudbury chamber seeking trades college reform
The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is calling on the
Government of Ontario to undertake serious reform to improve the College of Trades, Ontario’s new regulatory body for the skilled trades.The chamber, in co-operation with its provincial
counterpart – the Ontario Chamber of Commerce - relea...
Bill 73 seeks open tendering fairness
A private member’s bill is proposing
changes to the tendering process for the construction of publicly
funded infrastructure, which currently requires municipalities to
tender the work out to unionized contractors.“For more than three decades, certain
unions have been able to exploit a loophole...
Thunder Bay business park ready to host miners, light industry
The City of Thunder Bay expects the
coming mining boom to fill up a largely vacant but high-profile light
Finding occupants for the
municipally-owned Innova Business Park has been a source of
frustration since its inception in 1997.But should a dozen or so mining
North Bay expands retail base
A 134,000-square-foot retail
development in the north end of North Bay will bring some new
retailers to the city.McKeown Commons, a $60 to $70-million
project, is expected to open in the fall of 2014.“I am a developer of secondary
markets and I am in places like Owen Sound and Niagara Falls, an...
Canadore College utilizes mobile training tool
Canadore College in North Bay has
wheeled out a new mobile recruiting tool for some of its skilled
trades programs.A 47-foot transport trailer, complete
with interactive displays, is on the road to attend some summer
events in the area.
The transport trailer is equipped with
a virtual welder...
OMB appeals hurt Sudbury development
Contractors and homebuilders say
NIMBYism is getting to be a problem in Sudbury.
Three organizations—the Sudbury
Chamber of Commerce, Sudbury & District Home Builders' Association
and the Sudbury Construction Association—say the Not In My Backyard
syndrome is causing a problem with project de...
Research council launching new initiatives
division of the National Research Council is launching four new research initiatives
to respond to industry needs.In the latest edition
of its Construction Innovation newsletter, the council said the initiatives would
focus on the “development and deployment of new technologies...
Residence construction delayed
Construction of the Haileybury Campus
student residence will continue over the summer and will wrap up
later than originally planned. Completion is now slated for late
October.The delay is a result of amendments to
the engineering drawings which were required to accommodate fully
New hydroelectric project announced
A new hydroelectric project, in
partnership with a First Nation, is expected to begin construction in
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its
partner, Coral Rapids Power, a wholly-owned company of the Taykwa
Tagamou Nation (TTN), are moving forward to develop approximately 25
Bridge work awarded
Miller Paving has been awarded a
contract of $5.9 million for bridge work along a stretch of Highway
573 near Englehart.Three bridges on the highway crossing
the Englehart River are being rehabilitated this summer.
Since 2003, the province has improved
3,146 kilometres of highway and 187 brid...
Hammers swing on Nipigon bridge
Bot Construction is ready to drop the
hammer this month on a new highway bridge over the Nipigon River in
northwestern Ontario.It's part of the government's larger
project to widen a 104-kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway
between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.Oakville-based Bot was awarded...
Provincial highway contracts awarded
Warm weather signals the start of
highway and bridge construction season in Northern Ontario.Pioneer Construction landed a $15.6
million contract to resurface 31 kilometres of the Trans-Canada
Highway, east of the 11-17 junction near Nipigon.The work, which began this month,
involves replacing ...
110-year-old dock gets much-needed repairs
A familiar structure in Callander is
finally getting a much-needed refurbishment.
Matching contributions totalling $1.4
million from the federal and provincial governments, and the
municipality, will be used to repair the government dock. The
L-shaped structure has been a part of the communit...
New Liskeard flooring, wall product hits box shelves
Products manufactured in a nondescript
downtown New Liskeard building are being shipped across North
America.It’s not a secret, but some people
might be surprised to find that a brand of subfloor tiles and wall
panels originate in the community.OvrX Manufacturing produces the
Weather postpones Elliot Lake mall development
As March approached, everyone in Elliot Lake was eager to see the construction of the new shopping mall get started, but Mother Nature had other ideas in mind.J.I. Enterprises had to halt site
preparation after winter—longer and harsher than
anticipated—decided to stick around and throw a wrench ...
North Bay’s main arena undergoing renovation
When the puck drops at the home opener
for the North Bay Battalion, Oct. 11, it will be in a new-looking Memorial Gardens.
A $12-million renovation project is
expected to get underway in early May, and will upgrade the
60-year-old facility by expanding its capacity.
The Ontario Hockey League...
Beardmore bridge contract awarded
Dalcon Enterprises was awarded a
$4.4-million contract to replace the Blackwater River Bridge near
Beardmore in northwestern Ontario.The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines said the project, near the junction of Highways 11 and 580,
will create about 40 jobs.Work is scheduled to begin thi...
Round five of infrastructure funding announced
government is accepting applications for the fifth round of the P3 Canada
program.P3 Canada helps
funds public infrastructure projects in communities across the country. PPP Canada's
focus in round five will be on public infrastructure projects that promote jobs
and stimulate econo...
A bridge building-palooza
Spring is in the air and the Ontario
government is awarding contracts for bridge work across Northern
Ontario.East of Dryden, two construction
contracts have been awarded to replace three highway bridges on the
Trans-Canada Highway in northwestern Ontario.L.H. North has been awarded a
Sturgeon Falls redevelops bay area
A waterfront redevelopment project in
Sturgeon Falls is being touted as a means to enhance tourism and
stimulate the downtown core.The $10-million Minnehaha Bay project,
which is nearing completion, includes a 6,700-square-foot building,
new boat slips, a boardwalk and outdoor ampitheatre.“The ...
Atikokan showcases itself for new construction
A slew of coming new industrial
development has the Town of Atikokan rolling out the welcome mat to
The sleepy northwestern Ontario town of
3,300 is making early preparations to host one of Canada's largest
open-pit gold mines.
The municipality has released an
Construction industry seeks skilled tradespeople
Though Sudbury's construction industry
is expecting another busy year, its growth is tempered by looming
shortages of skilled tradespeople.“We are expanding constantly and it
will be another record year,” said Denis Shank, executive director
of the Sudbury Construction Association. “But we are ...
Manitoba starts construction of road network
One of the biggest construction
projects in Manitoba's history is underway to build permanent roads
into that province's more remote communities.The province's East Side Road Authority
began construction of roads and bridges to create a permanent
all-season network which will cover more than 1,...
Manitoba company offering labour shortage solution
Listen first.It's the core value at Running Deer Resources, a Manitoba-based mining construction and Aboriginal
consultation company that is changing the way industry interacts with
the Aboriginal workforce across Canada.For the last six years its president,
Jamie Saulnier, has been working to e...
Moonbeam invests nearly $1 million in Remi Lake
Over the past six years, the
municipality of Moonbeam has been slowly expanding tourism
development along its local lake with upgrades to campsites and
services.This year will be no different.Nearly $1 million will be spent at Remi
Lake to improve roadwork, add three boat launches, rebuild a lo...
GRK Fasteners expands Canadian distribution
A family-owned Thunder Bay fastener
company has landed a lucrative distribution contract with Home Depot
Canada.GRK Fasteners President Uli Walther
said the deal was made through its parent firm, ITW Canada, and
product is shipping immediately.ITW, also known as Illinois Tool Works,
is a diver...
Little Current welcoming development with new venture
When a number of breaks in Little
Current's force main in the mid-2000s led to a series of boil water
advisories, the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands
(NEMI) knew upgrades were needed. Now, those improvements have
resulted in an economic development initiative that's injecting ne...
Hearst roadbuilder finishes Highway 11 repaving
It took nearly eight months to finish, but improvements on Highway 11, west of Hearst, came to an end in November.More than 32 kilometres of road were repaved and improved during the process, with an addition of a new two-and-half kilometre westbound passing lane.Villeneuve Construction of Hearst w...
Moonbeam truss maker expands to meet demand
Luc Bouchard can recall the various responses he received when he decided to leave a full-time position at a bank to open up a business that specializes in roof trusses.“People said that I was crazy and that I didn't know what I was doing,” said Bouchard, owner of Northern Truss in Moonbeam Townshi...
Kapuskasing working to upgrade airport and build new OPP detachment
The Kapuskasing Airport will be getting a facelift.After applying for funding with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and FedNor for its Airport Capacity Project, the town of Kapuskasing will be receiving a total of $4.5 million.The Kapuskasing airport was transferred from the federal g...
Construction is bustling at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, where anchor tenant J.D. Aero Technical Inc. is undergoing a transformation that brings with it a promise of economic development, employment and tax revenue for the city. The company, which has the distinction of being the first business to...
Funds in place, short-line reconstruction begins
Huron Central Railway president Mario Brault was a happy man in August.Two years after announcing that the rail carrier was dropping freight service in northeastern Ontario, he was talking with blue sky optimism about a profitable month of July with opportunities for building up volume.“We're open ...
Matachewan cautious on construction
Matachewan is taking a cautious approach to anticipated growth as a result of the development of Northgate Minerals' Young-Davidson Mine.Reeve Beverly Hine said an influx of people is expected once the mine is in production. Work has begun on a subdivision with the installation of water and sewer l...
Kapuskasing reaps the benefits from power station rebuilds
Kapuskasing’s Lower Mattagami project is not only the largest hydroelectric development project in the province, but one of the most expensive at $2.5 billion.Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is almost entirely reconstructing one existing dam at Smoky Falls and is upgrading three others in the surrou...
New hotel planned for Timmins
A Timmins businessman doesn't expect some conditions imposed by city council will impede his plans to build a new hotel.Luc Sergerie, who owns The Carpet Man on Riverside Drive, wants to construct a new hotel on his property through a joint venture. Although the required zoning change from industri...
New airport building under construction
The Red Lake airport terminal building is the first thing you enter after flying into the municipality, serving both as an introduction and farewell to the community.It’s because of that first and last impression the municipality ranks the construction of its new building an important one.“I think ...
Manitoulin waterfront project in progress
The final stage of the multi-year, multi-million-dollar Little Current waterfront redevelopment is amongst the projects to benefit from a recent infusion of FedNor money in the North.The community, located in the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (NEMI), received $400,000 from the fun...
Sault contractor puts safety policy into practice
For 22 years, Mike Moore & Sons Construction have nurtured a deeply engrained culture of workplace safety.The Sault Ste. Marie general contractor's record and dedication to being the best in construction workplace safety has filled a trophy case full of local, provincial and national industry award...
Motel becomes first tenant in new Red Lake commercial park.
Red Lake's highway commercial area has found a permanent tenant.Super 8 Motel is currently the only confirmed tenant for the 20-acre area, and has begun building for a late-fall grand opening.The 2.8 acre motel will give the 4,000 motorists who pass by the area daily an opportunity to rest at its l...
Housing bonanza hits a snag in Kirkland Lake
After years of wishing for opportunities to grow its dwindling population, the City of Kirkland Lake is struggling to accommodate the thousands of people soon to be pounding on its doors.With low assessment values and limited finances, the municipality largely lacks the resources it needs to build ...
Thirst for power means big demand for powerline technicians, electricians
The equation is simple: more demand for energy equals more equipment, infrastructure and human resources.“Everybody wants to be connected,” said Dean Gatien, vice-president of Powertel, a high-voltage electrical contracting specialist based in Whitefish.As technology evolves, so has the way in whic...
Wood works for North Bay hospital
Evans Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture Inc. accomplished a lot of firsts as they brought the new North Bay Regional Health Centre to fruition.The long-standing North Bay firm has served the region for almost 55 years. Eighteen people work under five architects, three of whom are emeritus. Their c...
Industrial lands needed in Sudbury
As the economic fortunes of the City of Greater Sudbury continue on the upswing, demand for the serviced industrial lands is putting pressure on supply and causing some concern in business circles. To help meet this rapidly growing demand, officials at the Greater Sudbury Airport are looking to cr...
First Nations community enjoys economic boost from modular homes
The Wabaseemoong (Whitedog) Independent First Nations are enjoying an economic and employment boost brought on by the success of a joint venture with Kenora’s Moncrief Construction Ltd. to build modular homes.Operating under the banner of Wincrief Forest Products – a joint venture between Wabaseemo...
Matachewan gears up for gold mine construction
The Township of Matachewan will be back in the gold mining business on Sept. 10 with the groundbreaking ceremonies at Northgate Minerals’ Young-Davidson Mine.With $375 million being spent over the next two years, it is easily the largest construction project in this northeastern Ontario community’s...
New retail, construction underway in Elliot Lake
There is another visible sign of how much Elliot Lake’s economy has changed. A once-popular drinking hole of uranium miners – and one of the town’s original buildings – was demolished to make way for a drug store.The steel framework was going up this summer for an 18,500-square-foot Shopper’s Drug...
Elliot Lake upscales lakeside living with condo project
Rhona Guertin likes to think of the next evolution of Elliot Lake Retirement Living as being in the "people importation" business. When the non-profit corporation unveils their marketing material for their upscale Spine Road condo development, the finance and business development manager suspects ...