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April 21, 2014

B.C. labour minister calls for WorkSafeBC reforms

Massive changes are needed at WorkSafeBC to restore public confidence in the worker protection agency's investigations after two deadly sawmill blasts have failed to result in charges, says Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

April 7, 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.

March 31, 2014

CCA developing "perfect" lien act

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

March 31, 2014

B.C. flaggers still looking for fines to be doubled

Members of the local flaggers association in B.C. are preparing to meet with the provincial minister of transportation next month to discuss the need for new laws that double the fine for drivers who are caught speeding in construction zones.

March 31, 2014

Industry working with EDC on finding a 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 public-private partnership (P3) projects domestically.

March 17, 2014

B.C. signs deal for Canada Job Grant

The federal and B.C. governments have signed a deal on the Canada Job Grant, which aims to increase the supply of tradespeople to meet the demand for construction over the next decade.

March 5, 2014

Alberta budget generates surplus but borrows to finance infrastructure

The Alberta Budget 2014 will generate a surplus this year by implementing a debt management plan to increase capital spending that is financed through direct borrowing.

February 19, 2014

Construction firms can learn how to manage risk

In the construction industry, getting fully paid and avoiding legal action are high priorities.

February 10, 2014

A little spec test can go a long way

Sometimes it can be a good idea to test the marketplace with specific types of specifications to make sure you have the best "go to market" request for proposals (RFP).

January 27, 2014

Five lawsuits filed against Northern Gateway

Environmental groups and First Nations have launched at least five separate lawsuits in Federal Court to challenge the approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, due to alleged serious flaws with the joint review panel’s (JRP) final report.

June 27, 2009

Higher education minister insists trades college panels must come first

Apprenticeship ratios and compulsory certification panels will roll out before an Ontario College of Trades is up-and-running because they are issues that need immediate attention, said the minister responsible.

June 27, 2009

Alberta Metis set to begin heavy equipment training

Eighteen members of the Métis Nation of Alberta are about to begin a 12-week course that will train them to become heavy equipment operators. The session, which begins July 6 and runs until September 25, will teach them how to operate heavy equipment in the oil and gas, construction and road-building industries.

June 27, 2009

With fall-arrest equipment, an effective rescue plan is critical

Sophisticated fall-arrest equipment has resulted in increased survival rates in worksite falling incidents. But surviving a fall is only half the battle. Workers waiting for rescue can experience suspension trauma, known otherwise as orthostatic intolerance. This means an effective rescue plan is critical.

June 27, 2009

B.C. Construction Association program helps Aboriginals get jobs

The B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) has developed a program to help an underutilized segment of the workforce get jobs in the construction industry. "We are trying to enable Aboriginal people to get a job in construction, while helping construction companies with labour shortages," said Randy Garon, project manager of the Aboriginal Skilled Trades Employment Program (ASTEP).

June 27, 2009

Insurer victorious in latest liabilty coverage battle

Do you find the scope of coverage under your general liability policy confusing? If you do, you’re not alone. Courts in Canada have struggled for years to pin down exactly what coverage is provided by these policies on construction projects.

June 27, 2009

Definition of 'confined spaces' needs simplification: expert

Mention the term 'confined space' on a job site and everyone will have some idea of what you’re talking about. The problem is, they won’t necessarily agree on what it means from province to province and across jurisdictions.

June 27, 2009

For businesses, job coaching is the way to grow

Business coaches can use a variety of approaches to help construction companies reach their objectives and take their businesses to the next level.


These projects have been selected from 479 projects with a total value of $1,224,678,004 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Wednesday.


$80,000,000 Calgary AB CANCELLED/ DEFERRED


$33,500,000 Port Moody BC Prebid


$30,000,000 Calgary AB CANCELLED/ DEFERRED

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