Province increases annual highway funding
The province will invest $527 million in 2014 to support
highway rehabilitation and expansion projects across the North."Our government is delivering on our commitment to
increase funding for transportation infrastructure in Northern Ontario through
the Northern Highways Program because we reco...
Proponents named for provincial construction contracts
MHPM Project Managers Inc. and SNC-Lavalin O&M have been jointly selected to deliver
infrastructure construction projects for the province over the next five years.The pair has been
contracted under Infrastructure Ontario, which oversees construction and
improvement projects on properties owned ...
Architecture school advocate to be conferred degree
Sudbury’s Laurentian University will confer an honorary Doctorate of Laws on Blaine Nicholls, an
early proponent and influential force in the establishment of the Laurentian
University School of Architecture.Nicholls was
chair of the original Northern Ontario School of Architecture community com...
Sudbury biosolids program gets national nod
Sudbury has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) for its biosolids management plan.“CAMA is pleased to recognize the administrative excellence
demonstrated by Greater Sudbury and its ability to rise to changing
environmental standards,” said CAMA presiden...
Northern architects merge with national firm
PBK Architects, a firm with locations in Timmins,
Sudbury and Thunder Bay, has merged with five other companies into
Architecture49.The new, national firm amalgamates PBK, Arcop
(Montreal and Toronto), AE Consultants (Newfoundland and Labrador), North46 (Prince
Edward Island), Smith Carter (Win...
First Nation construction company takes to the road
Wally Bannon has an interesting dilemma on his hands.The economic director for Fort William First Nation said there’s no shortage of contracting jobs in the pipeline for the band’s contracting company, Fort William Construction, but he’s facing a critical shortage of skilled manpower.Two years afte...
Timmins developing housing plan to address shortage
When the preliminary results of a housing study for the City of Timmins were released earlier this year, Mayor Tom Laughren admits there weren’t any big revelations, but they still made him sit up and take notice.“I don’t want to say there are any real surprises,” Laughren said, “but the first draf...
Historical building seeing new life in Sudbury
Susan Thompson’s heart sank when, in 2009, she learned yet another heritage building in downtown Sudbury was facing the threat of demolition.Built in 1903, the Muirhead’s building was the city’s first brick block, and as head of the Downtown Sudbury Village Development Corp., Thompson had advocated...
Service roads, bridge contracts awarded
Teranorth Construction and Engineering has landed a $7.3-million contract for work on Highway 11 near Burk’s Falls.Service roads providing highway access are being upgraded to accommodate more traffic, which has increased since the four-laning expansion on Highway 11 was completed in 2012.Work begi...
Sustainability key feature of architecture school
Terrance Galvin takes a practical approach to architectural design. Principle number one? Don’t throw away the old for the new. Catalogue the available materials and repurpose them where possible.“These days you call it sustainable,” said Galvin, founding director at the Laurentian Architecture Lau...
Government infrastructure money found here
PPP Canada announced April 14 that it’s taking applications for “Round Six” of the P3 Canada Fund.PPP Canada is a federal Crown corporation with a funding program that supports the construction model involving public-private partnerships (P3s) in a number of categories.The $1.2-billion fund was fir...
FONOM all-in for mid-rise wood construction
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is pleased that changes are coming to the Ontario Building Code to allow for six-storey wood-frame buildings.FONOM said the regulatory change should help boost the North’s forestry industry by creating a demand for wood products.FONOM said t...
Province to consider six-storey wood building construction
The province announced March 20 it will review proposed
changes to the Ontario Building Code that would allow the construction of six-storey
wood-frame buildings.Under the changes, mid-rise wood-frame construction would be
permitted for residential buildings and office buildings. The Ministry of...
Bridge contracts awarded
The Sharp Group has been awarded a
$4.6-million contract to replace the Seven Mile Bridge on Highway 11,
east of Fort Frances.The Ontario government said the bridge
replacement will create 46 jobs. Work begins this spring with
completion scheduled for the fall.Moncrief Construction Ltd. has bee...
Campus contract awarded
Sudbury-based Capital Construction was awarded a $2.09-million contract to modernize Laurentian University’s iconic Great Hall this summer.The university said it’s the “first major step in a sweeping modernization” of the Sudbury campus.“Our planned renovations to the Great Hall will create a warm,...
Work to start on phase two of Sudbury architecture school
There will be
work for roughly 100 local labourers and tradespeople when construction begins
on phase two of the Laurentian School of Architecture building this March.Laurentian
announced Bondfield Construction of Concord has been awarded the $23.9-million
contract for the project. Construction...
Construction bill could bring relief to shortchanged suppliers
Ontario's construction sector is waiting on a provincial private member’s bill to create a level playing field when it comes to subcontractors and tradespeople getting paid on time.While most employers pay their workers on a regular basis, things aren’t as clear in Ontario's construction industry w...
Pickle Lake bridge to undergo repairs
LH North has been awarded a
$2.1-million contract to repair the Medcalf Lake Narrows Bridge on
Highway 599 in northwestern Ontario. The road is a critical link to
Pickle Lake that supports mining and forestry development in the area
and hooks up to the winter road that serve many remote First N...
Cement industry raises alarm on wood mid-rises
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC)
is raising concerns about wood-framed mid-rise buildings after a
massive fire ripped through downtown Kingston in December.The fire destroyed a wood student
residence building under construction and threatened other nearby
buildings.The association is reit...
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...