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The City of Greater Sudbury and its private sector partner, N-Viro, received a national award from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships for the city's new biosolids management plant.
Sudbury biosolids plant wins national P3 awardSomething 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 facilities. Residents have long complained of a foul odour emanating from the area.That will soon change. Construction of a biosolids management facility, which will see sewage sludge converted into fertilizer, is underway...

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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 facilities. Residents hav...
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 step...
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 industrial park. 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 projects in...
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
The construction 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 modular const...
New hydroelectric project announced
A new hydroelectric project, in partnership with a First Nation, is expected to begin construction in 2014. 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 megawatts ...
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 Barricade basemen...
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
The federal 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 $5.2-mil...
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 investors. 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 accommodations stu...
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...
Taking flight
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 ...


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