Massive Port Moody project will create thousands of homes

Something big is brewing in Port Moody, B.C. 

No, it’s not just beer from the city’s popular “Brewer’s Row”. It’s a massive development set to take shape over the next decade. Rather than transform 24 acres of the the city into buildings, developers plan to preserve large amounts of greenspace for the public to enjoy. 

EDGAR Development is the company behind Portwood, the $1.1 billion master-planned multi-family mixed use project that will add thousands of homes to the region. 

“Driving through Port Moody, we became aware of the property that was for sale and instantly it was ‘wow, what is this’,” said  Matthew McClenaghan, EDGAR senior vice president of development. “It’s 24 acres, lots of green space, lots of open space, what a great opportunity to work on a master plan community.”

In the past, EDGAR has built primarily market rental buildings. But about five years ago it decided to focus more on building strata homes and master-planned type communities in particular.

“I think starting with a 24-acre property really allows us to be creative,” said McClenaghan.

The creative vision is big. Once complete, Portwood will include 20 buildings in five new neighbourhoods. It will create just over 2,000 new market strata apartments, 138 new market rentals and 328 below market rentals.

Parks and trails are a major component of the development. – EDGAR Developments

The community will also have a new grocer, retail stores and a 12,300-square-foot child care facility.

The team plans to keep much of the site green. The plan includes two parks, a 1.5-kilometre-long walking trail and bike paths. In total, around 70% of the total development will be green space. This includes the protection and enhancement of more than five acres of environmentally sensitive areas.

“Certainly respecting nature is the the forefront,” said McClenaghan.

While the vision is big, McClenaghan noted that the plan for Portwood is slow growth. 

“We aren’t dropping 2,000 homes on the doorstep on day one,” he said. “ It’s a multi-phased community that will be built over 10-15 years.”

But when it comes to amenities and affordable housing, EDGAR doesn’t want to make its neighbhours wait.  

“Every community that we build is unique,” said McClenaghan. “Certainly in the larger, master-planned communities that have lots of amenities, it’s a balancing act. It’s important for us to deliver amenities up front in the earlier phases. That’s one of the challenges financially, but it’s just something we believe in. It’s best for the community to have these things up front but typically, you’d see them trail at the end.” 

He added that Portwood’s presentation centre is built and open, and EDGAR is in the process of pre-sales. He anticipates starting construction sometime this fall.

The project team noted that they wanted to focus on making the development family-oriented. – EDGAR Development

Key Takeaways:

  • Modular fabrication will be used to construct North America’s first grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR).
  • Aecon has formed a teaming agreement with E.S. Fox to jointly fabricate steel components offsite at Aecon’s fabrication facility in Cambridge and E.S. Fox’s Port Robinson facility.
  • The SMR will deliver 300 MW of electricity, which is enough to power 300,000 homes. 

The Whole Story:

Aecon Group Inc. is partnering with E.S. Fox Limited to use innovative methods on a historic nuclear project. 

The companies plan to utilize modular fabrication to construct North America’s first grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR) through Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Darlington New Nuclear Project (DNNP). 

Aecon is the provider of all construction services for the DNNP, including project management, construction planning and execution as part of an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) partnership with OPG, GE Hitachi and SNC-Lavalin. E.S. Fox is currently completing early site preparation work at the DNNP location. Through the IPD partnership, Aecon has formed a teaming agreement with E.S. Fox to jointly fabricate steel components offsite at Aecon’s fabrication facility in Cambridge and E.S. Fox’s Port Robinson facility. 

These components will be welded into sub-assemblies and shipped to the DNNP project site where they will be built into larger modules on-site and used to construct the primary steel structure of the reactor building. Leveraging a modular approach to help build the BWRX-300 SMR, a new class of nuclear reactor, will contribute to achieving reduced construction costs.

The Darlington Darlington Nuclear Generating Station meets about 20 per cent of Ontario’s electricity needs, enough to serve a city of two million people. – Ontario Power Generation

“This modular fabrication partnership is a made-in-Ontario solution, illustrating the strength of Ontario’s robust nuclear supply chain – a network that is critical to deploying the future of nuclear in Ontario and beyond,” said Thomas Clochard, executive vice president, nuclear and civil, Aecon. “Aecon is playing an important role in delivering the next generation of nuclear plants. We look forward to combining the collective capacity and expertise of Aecon and E.S. Fox to execute this important fabrication scope while working with our project partners to ensure the supply of clean, reliable and affordable electricity to support local communities and global net-zero goals.”

According to Aecon, the DNNP could create approximately 2,500 jobs.

“E.S. Fox is excited to work with Aecon on this important and initial scope for this first-of-a-kind project,” said Pat Cimek, vice president, construction and fabrication services, E.S. Fox. “With the experience of both companies, we look forward to building large sections of the structure at the two facilities leveraging a modular approach and shipping them to the DNNP project site – helping reduce field labour and equipment costs, improving the overall project schedule, and supporting high-paying skilled jobs in Niagara Region.”

The new SMR at Darlington will be Ontario’s first nuclear reactor build in a generation. It will deliver 300 MW of electricity, which is enough to power 300,000 homes. The province currently has 15 nuclear reactors in operation – and three reactors under refurbishment – at three sites, providing over 50 per cent of the province’s clean electricity.

Donna Grant announced that she is moving on from her role as president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). Will Pauga, chair of the VRCA board of directors, will serve as interim president. Grant stated that after two intense years of making critical changes for members, it is now time to pass the torch and take on her next challenge.

Paul Charette has retired from his position as independent director on Bird Construction‘s board. Following Charette’s retirement, the total number of board members has been reduced from twelve to eleven. According to the company, Charette has played an integral role in Bird’s success story, serving as an independent director from 2021 to 2023 and as chairman of the board from 2001 to 2021.

Angelo Suntres has begun a new role as operations manager at Mattina Mechanical after three years of working at EllisDon. One of Suntres biggest achievements at EllisDon was working on Ontario’s Michael Garron Hospital.  

Tony Issac, founder of Calgary-based modular construction company ROC Modular, has announced his retirement from the company as its chief impact officer. Issac stated that as the consummate entrepreneur, he plans to move on to a new adventure. Joseph Kiss will continue to lead as president and CEO. 

Steve Vernon has been promoted to COO of Chard Development. The B.C. developer noted that Vernon has been a pivotal member of the Chard team for over two decades, and has worn many hats during that time – his most recent being vice president of operations.⁠

Rachele Renzi, Kirsten San Juan, Lisa Allsworth have all joined Adera Development. Renzi will serve as marketing & creative specialist, San Juan as property & asset manager on the Adera commercial property portfolio, and Allsworth as executive assistant for multifamily and industrial development.

Adrienne Maskalyk, vice-President, Forestry and Environmental at GeoVerra, is having their role expanded to vice-president, environment, sustainability and social responsibility. The surveying and geomatics firm stated that the new role demonstrates the company’s commitment to and recognition of sustainability and social responsibility.

Dino Burbello has started a new role as vice president of highrise operations at Ontario homebuilder City Park Group. Previously, Burbello worked as a senior superintendent for CentreCourt. 

Darragh Hogan is QuadReal Property Group’s latest project manager in Vancouver. Hogan has more than nine years of experience in delivering building and M&E projects from construction to operational stage ranging in value from $100 million to $1.2 billion. 

Lucas Pinheiro has joined civil engineering firm Morrison Hershfield as a proposal coordinator. Pinheiro spent the past two years as a proposal and marketing coordinator at Scott Construction.

Michelle McKendrick has begun a new position as manager of national partnerships, construction and property management division at Altis Recruitment. McKendrick said that she looks forward to continuing to work with long-standing clients as well as building upon those relationships nationwide.

Kati Varga is Naikoon Contracting‘s new director of marketing and communications. Before this role, she was marketing director for architecture firm HCMA.

*Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know had a major career move recently, let us know! Shoot an email to or tag SiteNews below the social media post.

Key Takeaways:

  • The person died Friday, May 26 while working on the Regina International Airport’s runway overlay project at night.
  • Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service attended the scene.
  • Federal occupational health and safety workers are are also investigating.

The Whole Story:

PCL plans to conduct its own investigation into a fatal incident that happened during construction work at Regina International Airport. 

The investigation was announced over the weekend by Jordan Clouthier, district manager for PCL Construction Management.

“We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident that occurred Friday evening at our airport site. We are currently involved in gathering further information, so at this time we are unable to provide any details or answer any questions,” Clouthier said. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this tragic incident. We continue to cooperate with the proper authorities to perform the investigation required.”

According to airport officials, the incident occurred May 26 at approximately 11:30 p.m. It was related to the 13-31 runway overlay project. 

“It is with great sadness that we share the devastating news that a serious incident occurred  involving a construction worker on airport property,” wrote airport officials in a public statement the day after the death. “Emergency responders attended the scene , but unfortunately the injuries the individual suffered were fatal.”

Airport officials stated that the Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service worked into the early morning hours on the airfield and federal occupational health and safety workers are conducting an investigation.

According to the airport’s website, the runway overlay project includes the following work:

  • Pavement rehabilitation on Runway 13/31 and Taxiway Kilo.
  • Drainage improvements.
  • Replacement of runway edge lighting and associated electrical infrastructure.
  • Installation of a SALSAR approach lighting system for runway 31.
  • Installation of Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) on Runway 13 & 31 and Runway 08 & 26.

Speak now or forever hold your peace.

The province of B.C. wants to know your thoughts on changes to the building code.

Officials are asking residents in a province-wide survey for their input on future building construction, including cooling requirements and accessibility standards in the BC Building Code.

“Our government is committed to more accessible, safer and more climate-resilient buildings for people, now and in the future,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister of housing. “That is why we are updating the BC Building Code to ensure that buildings and spaces across the province reflect the needs of everyone. We look forward to reviewing feedback from experts and the public to ensure that the changes we are proposing will provide benefits in the years to come.”

The proposed changes to the BC Building Code are based on the 2020 National Model Codes with some B.C.-specific variations to reflect the province’s geography, climate, local government needs, industry practices and provincial priorities, such as accessibility.

A four-week public review invites interested parties to review and comment on a variety of proposed building code changes, including:

  • accessibility and adaptable dwellings
  • cooling requirements
  • mass timber construction
  • earthquake design
  • radon safety, and
  • ventilation in houses

Those interested in participating can find more information through the province’s online survey.

The survey is open until June 16.

Topical summaries of draft code language are provided for review. In addition, the survey provides draft accessibility code language that was informed by early engagement with the public and industry on opportunities to increase accessibility in new buildings and homes.

“Eliminating barriers to accessibility is a core motive in our efforts to making our province a safe and barrier-free place to live in,” said Susie Chant, parliamentary secretary for accessibility. “We are taking action on what we have heard in our engagements with British Columbians, especially people living with disabilities. That is why we are updating the standards in our building code to support everyone in their day-to-day activities.”

The Ministry of Housing will review and consider all feedback in drafting the updated building code.

The province anticipates adopting the updated BC Building Code this year and bringing it into force this December. Officials stated that the transition period will give local governments, the construction industry, education providers and others governed by the code time to adjust their practices and training materials.

There’s no better time to check out what construction companies are hiring on SiteNews Jobs, a Canadian construction job board we launched this month. “Hot Jobs” is a weekly segment that showcases a selection of the top positions that have been recently posted.

Here’s this week’s hottest jobs:

If you are looking to build your all-star team, try posting your role on SiteNews jobs today. And if you are seeking a job, check out the full list of available positions.

To stay updated on the latest jobs and get the biggest stories in construction, make sure to subscribe to our industry leading newsletter.

SiteNews has announced the start of its search for the Top 25 Innovators in Construction.

The annual 25 Innovators in Construction awards will shine a spotlight on companies who are at the forefront of progress. The SiteNews team explained that the goal is to elevate companies who are taking risks, trying new things and blazing a trail for the rest of the industry. 

“Construction finds itself poised for massive change as groundbreaking advancements in various fields – from robotics and artificial intelligence to green technologies and innovative materials. These things are finding their way to the jobsite,” said Andrew Hansen, SiteNews co-founder. “In Canada, numerous trailblazers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, shaping the construction landscape for generations to come. To celebrate these pioneers and their exceptional achievements, we are launching our search for the Top 25 Innovators.” 

If you think that your company or a company you know deserves to be included, you can nominate them by filling out this form. Applications will close July 14 and winners will be announced Sept. 7. 

Nominees will be judged by a group of industry experts whose deep experience spans the country. They include:

What exactly is a top innovator? Nominees will be judged on the following criteria: sustainability and environmental impact, technological innovation, trailblazing, collaboration and partnerships, and workforce development. The SiteNews team stated that they believe that these categories cover many important areas of innovation happening in the industry that are critical to moving it forward. 

In addition to claiming the title of Top Innovator, winners will be invited to a special awards dinner in Vancouver, and have their achievement broadcast to SiteNews’ thousands of readers and newsletter subscribers. 

The SiteNews team also thanked the competition’s presenting sponsor, Procore, for their generous support of innovation in the construction sector. 

To learn more about the award, the judges and the judging criteria visit the award page.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Brookfield Sustainability institute at George Brown College will support knowledge sharing of smart sustainability strategies.
  • It will be housed in Limberlost place, a soon-to-be-completed mass-timber, net-zero carbon emissions building.
  • The launch of BSI coincides with the release of the Royal Bank of Canada report exploring the technologies and practices needed to cut building emissions.

The Whole Story:

A new institute to fight climate change and build sustainable communities has launched in Toronto. 

George Brown College (GBC) announced that the Brookfield Sustainability Institute (BSI), a new college-based centre of excellence in Ontario, will offer tangible solutions for building sustainable communities that are environmentally, socially, culturally and financially viable.

Located at Limberlost Place, GBC’s soon-to-be-completed mass-timber, net-zero carbon emissions building on Toronto’s waterfront, BSI’s global solutions studio will help companies, municipalities and other institutions develop applied solutions to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

The college stated that BSI will support knowledge sharing of smart sustainability strategies and develop talent for the future by training students to tackle real-world challenges in the fight against climate change.

“The Brookfield Sustainability Institute is one of the many exciting new developments underway at George Brown College, both in terms of its innovation and its environmental impact,” said Gervan Fearon, president of George Brown College. “The Institute highlights the college’s aim to be a sustainability leader and a force for positive environmental change locally and globally.”

The Institute will also offer up-skilling opportunities for professionals and college and university graduates who want to work in sectors developing smart and sustainable solutions to climate change.

“Climate change is not a problem that governments can solve alone. Collaboration across disciplines and sectors is essential to finding innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Luigi Ferrara, chair and CEO, BSI. “The Brookfield Sustainability Institute brings together knowledge and expertise from diverse experts to share best practices and foster applied projects undertaken by collaborative working groups. Tangible solutions will be realized that can be prototyped and tested with municipal and private sector partners.”

The launch of BSI coincides with the release of the Royal Bank of Canada Climate Action Institute’s landmark report Low Carbon, High Rise: Canada’s $40 Billion Net Zero Building Challenge on decarbonizing Canada’s buildings for a Net Zero future. Created in partnership with BSI, the report explores the technologies and practices needed to cut building emissions, and identifies strategies for overcoming barriers to achieving a Net Zero future.

“Changing how we build and design our homes and offices is one of the best tools Canada can wield against climate change,” said John Stackhouse, senior vice president, office of the CEO, RBC.  “To address affordability and population growth, Canada will need nearly 6 million homes by 2030. But building those homes the way we do now, risks adding to an emissions footprint that’s already too large.  But by changing the way we build, we can turn buildings into powerful drivers of the green transition. It’s a generational opportunity for Canada and we haven’t a moment to lose.”

An ambitious move by Ontario is set to become a catalyst for recruiting internationally trained engineers, as the province drops the requirement for Canadian work experience for their licensure. The new policy, touted as a “game changer” by Labour Minister Monte McNaughton, is expected to expedite the filling of approximately 7,000 vacant engineering positions across the region.

Prioritizing skills over location

“This change signifies a pathway for numerous qualified immigrant engineers to pursue their dreams over the coming years,” McNaughton declared during a press conference. It effectively removes a significant impediment for immigrants aspiring to secure well-paying jobs in their field of expertise.

The mandate for Canadian work experience, formerly a prerequisite set by various regulators, had been a notable barrier. The shift has been applauded by the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), which has transitioned to a competency-centred model over one reliant on geographic experience.

“Professional Engineers Ontario is the first regulatory association to adopt this change,” McNaughton pointed out, a transition that aligns with Ontario’s legislation introduced in October 2021. This legislation prohibits regulated professions and skilled trades from mandating Canadian experience qualifications.

Wide impact beyond engineering

The legislation has wide-reaching impacts, covering over 30 non-health-care-related professions and trades, including architects, accountants, and electricians.

“The move will serve the public interest, ensuring all licensed professional engineers meet rigorous qualifications and that only properly qualified, competent, and ethical individuals practise engineering,” stated Christopher Chahine, Vice-president of the PEO, at the news conference.

In Ontario, around 300,000 jobs currently remain unfilled, and only a quarter of internationally trained immigrants work in professions they studied. McNaughton said, “It doesn’t take a math major to figure out these numbers don’t add up.”

A welcome move by advocates

Sara Asalya, executive director of Newcomer Women’s Service Toronto, called the change a “huge win” for advocates working for the removal of unfair measures that face internationally trained professionals. “We look forward to seeing other regulatory bodies continue to work to remove these Canadian experience requirements,” Asalya said.

The provincial government shared that in 2019, engineers were the fourth largest regulated profession in Ontario, with 85,649 members, and of those, there were 24,258 internationally trained members registered in the profession.

The labour minister expects regulators in Ontario to proactively drop any existing Canadian experience qualifications before the end of the year. This move marks a major shift in recognizing international qualifications and experience and could signal a new era for internationally trained professionals in Canada.

Key Takeaways:

  • Crews are scheduled to work on more than 17,000 metres of roadway length and 11 bridges.
  • Residents will see work continue on new and existing LRT lines in 2023.
  • The city’s $7 billion 2023-26 Capital Budget includes more than $1.7 billion in infrastructure renewal.

The Whole Story:

The city of Edmonton is embarking on another busy construction season with more than 200 projects already on the go or set to get started.

“We are building Edmonton with purpose,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “As we become a city of two million people over the coming decades, we strive to be an inclusive and compassionate community of communities. Every single infrastructure project in the 2023 season is a step toward that future.”

According to Edmonton officials, the construction projects will directly employ more than 4,600 people from the Edmonton region, support the local economy, build climate resilience, contribute to a healthy city and help prepare for future population growth.

officials noted that LRT expansion will continue to be a critical component of its integrated mass transit network and residents will see work continue on new and existing LRT lines in 2023.

“In 2022, ETS buses and trains travelled more than 46 million kilometres, which is the equivalent of 1,711 trips around the world,” said Adam Laughlin, deputy city manager, integrated infrastructure services. “Investing in LRT expansion and Bus Rapid Transit will ensure green modes of transportation continue to get Edmontonians where they need to go.”

A rendering shows part of the Valley Line Southeast LRT project. – Province of Alberta

Construction on major road projects such as the Yellowhead Trail Freeway Conversion and the Terwillegar Drive Expansion also continues this year. Yellowhead Trail and Terwillegar Drive are key arterial routes connecting Edmontonians across the city. The projects also include active transportation upgrades, such as new shared pathways.

Crews are scheduled to work on more than 17,000 metres of roadway length and 11 bridges in 2023.

Through the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, more than 100 kilometres of residential roads and sidewalks and 23 kilometres of alleys will be renewed in 17 neighbourhoods across the city.

The 124 Street streetscape project is set to start the second and final year of construction this spring, with upgrades to the road, lighting and street lights, and drainage systems to the area. The project also adds more than 150 trees and planting areas to the street. Officials noted that this is part of city’s goal to provide 30 per cent canopy coverage.

The three-year William Hawrelak Park renewal project that will see the replacement of 50-year-old underground utilities, transportation networks, open spaces and facility infrastructure is now underway.

Residents will soon see construction around the Edmonton-Strathcona Footbridge, as the city works with Strathcona County and the River Valley Alliance to improve access and connectivity to the trail systems in the River Valley.

“As we assess and plan for these construction projects, we look for opportunities to balance investment in new infrastructure while caring for what already exists,” said Laughlin. “We’re working on the roads, bridges and pathways Edmontonians need and use every day to move around the city.”

The $7 billion 2023-26 Capital Budget includes more than $1.7 billion in infrastructure renewal.

If you strolled down Vancouver’s 6th Avenue in Mount Pleasant you might end up asking yourself this question: How did a working class vernacular cottage from 1901 end up swallowed by the steel and glass of a modern commercial building? 

No, you aren’t seeing things. Conwest’s HOUSS project provides a mix of strata office, light industrial, and restaurant space. HOUSS is now home to a collection of local businesses including medical offices, professional services, tech firms and Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions.

The contemporary, minimalist architectural style provides a backdrop for the Coulter House, an iconic Vancouver heritage home, which is incorporated as a focal point for the project. 

The project and others were recently honoured by the city of Vancouver for its annual Heritage Awards.

The Heritage Awards acknowledge and celebrate the different facets of heritage in Vancouver that are reflected not only in historic buildings and places, but also through intangible heritage and the self-expressed heritage of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh Nations, Urban Indigenous Peoples, and the many cultures of the city. 

Conwest, the developer behind HOUSS, explained that the idea became reality after meeting with city officials. 

A short documentary from Conwest details the HOUSS project. – Conwest

“After a few meetings with the planning department and the heritage department, we realized that it was an important initiative that we, as developers, work with the city to find solutions to incorporate some of these old homes into the new projects,” Ben Taddei, CEO and partner at Conwest, in a video detailing the project.” 

He explained that the Coulter House’s new function is representative of its old function. Conwest worked with Yamamoto Architecture to repurposed it to make it a public space by incorporating it into the facade.

“You see these old character homes interspersed with new industrial buildings and I think recognizing that history is very important,” said Taizo Yamamoto, owner of Yamamoto Architecture. “It provides continuity for the neighbourhood and maintains the character that’s already there, rather than starting from a clean slate every time.” 

One of the biggest challenges of the project was taking the century old home, lifting it up and moving it to the project site. It had to land it in the exact right spot with the correct elevation. The team then worked to restore it during the middle of winter. 

Elana Zysblat, heritage consultant, Ance Building Services, explained that the Victorian style of the home is representative of what was popular at the time. 

“It has that aesthetic where buildings had a fanciness to them, some ornamentation,” she said. “It’s got some shingles on the gable. It’s got a fancy frieze with brackets and nice columns on the front porch.”

Zysblat noted that the project dispelled some misconceptions people might have about heritage work.

“Heritage doesn’t mean freezing something in time and not introducing any change,” she said. “You don’t just keep something old because it’s old. We want it to have a relevant use so that it doesn’t come at risk again.”

Crews move the more than 100-year-old Coulter House to incorporate it into a new commercial project. – Yamamoto Architecture

Check out all the Heritage Award winners below: 

Living Heritage

For projects or initiatives that highlight the self-expressed heritage of Vancouver’s communities, or for projects that support reconciliation, cultural redress, or safeguarding or regeneration of living heritage.

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • Punjabi Market Revitalization 


  • Coming Out Of Chaos – Karen Jamieson Dance
  • Motanka Creations

Heritage Conservation

For the restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive re-use or continued maintenance of buildings, structures, cultural landscapes or other natural features, including seismic or sustainability upgrades.

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • Hollywood Theatre, 3123 West Broadway 
  • St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church, 1012 Nelson Street 
  • Sun Tower, 128 West Pender Street 


  • BC Securities Building, 402 West Pender Street 
  • Broadhurst & Whitaker Block, 3495 Commercial Street 
  • Coulter House, 67 West 6th Avenue 
  • Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
  • Mah Society of Canada Building, 137-139 East Pender Street 
  • UNION, 851 Union Street 

Education and Awareness

For the use of a publication, exhibit, activity, social media, or website to promote tangible or intangible heritage, or celebrate diverse cultures and histories

Outstanding Achievement: 

  • Chinatown Storytelling Centre 


  • Jewish Historic Walking Tours 
  • Mount Pleasant Stories Historical Walking Tours Guidebook Walk 1: Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Heart 
  • Vancouver Fruit Tree Histories and Communities

Toronto has more than a billion dollars of work scheduled for this construction season. 

Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie says the city’s 2023 construction season has more than $1.14 billion of work planned for roads, bridges, expressways, TTC tracks, sewers and watermains. McKelvie explained that the work ensures that Toronto’s infrastructure remains in a state of good repair and meets the needs of Toronto residents both now and in the future.

“The city of Toronto is committed to renewing and upgrading our infrastructure and we are investing more than $1.14 billion this year in these vital projects,” said McKelvie. “The 2023 construction season is going to be busy and we continue to actively coordinate this work to minimize disruption as best as possible. However, with so many projects happening this year, we’re encouraging everyone to plan their travel in advance. We appreciate your patience while we deliver this important and necessary work.”

How the money will be spent

$426 million for rehabilitation and improvements to transportation infrastructure including:

  • $156 million on bridges, culverts and other transportation infrastructure in the municipal right-of-way
  • $65 million on major roads
  • $72 million on local roads
  •  $68 million on expressways including the F.G. Gardiner Strategic Rehabilitation
  •  $42 million on sidewalks and cycling infrastructure
  •  $23 million on Vision Zero infrastructure and the Road Safety Plan
  • $4.6 million to fix potholes 

Approximately $713 million will be invested in water infrastructure, including:

  • $278 million on watermain and water services
  • $117 million on local sewer replacement and rehabilitation and forcemains
  • $225 million on basement flooding protection
  • $93 million on storm water management projects including the Don River and Central Waterfront

Some of the major upcoming projects planned this year include:

  • Coxwell Avenue and Gerrard Street East/Eastwood Road streetcar track replacement and watermain replacement
  • Broadview Avenue from Gerrard Street East to Danforth Avenue watermain rehabilitation and streetcar track replacement
  • Bloor Street West from Avenue Road to Spadina Avenue Road reconstruction, pedestrian safety improvements, permanent raised cycle tracks and intersection improvements
  • Adelaide Street from York Street to Victoria Street streetcar track installation
  • University Avenue from Queen Street West to College Street watermain replacement and road resurfacing
  • Ossington Avenue from Queen Street West to Argyle Street Road resurfacing
  • The Queensway from South Kingsway to Ellis Avenue sewer replacement and forcemain renewal
  • Bloor Street West over Elmcrest Creek bridge rehabilitation
  • Fairbank Memorial Park to Black Creek and various local streets Fairbank Silverthorn tunnel and storm sewers for basement flooding protection
  • Rowanwood Avenue, Thornwood Road, Chestnut Park and Roxborough Street replacement of a 100-year-old watermain
  • O’Connor Drive from Glenwood Crescent to Bermondsey Road sewer upgrades, new public plaza and green infrastructure improvements
  • Martin Grove Road from Rexdale Boulevard to Westhumber Boulevard watermain replacement
  • Fenmar Drive from Steeles Avenue West to Weston Road and Kemar Drive from Fenmar Drive to Weston Road watermain rehabilitation
  • Keele Street from Steeles Avenue West to Sheppard Avenue West watermain replacement
  • Bathurst Manor area including Sheppard Avenue West and Bathurst Street sewer and watermain
  • Westgate Avenue and other local streets sewer and watermain upgrades and road resurfacing
  • Bathurst Street south of York Downs and other local streets sewer and watermain upgrades
  • Victoria Park and Sheppard Avenue East sewer and watermain upgrades
  • Allen Road under Lawrence Street West bridge rehabilitation
  • Albion Road Bridge, over Humber River bridge rehabilitation
  • Jane Street north of Wilson Road upgrading the storm and sanitary sewers
  • Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue East to Eglinton Avenue East Road resurfacing and watermain replacement
  • Martin Grove Road from Rexdale Boulevard to West Humber Trail watermain replacement
  • McCowan Road Bridge over West Highland Creek bridge rehabilitation

Construction season is upon us.

There’s no better time to check out what construction companies are hiring on SiteNews Jobs, a Canadian construction job board we launched this month. Hot Jobs is a weekly feature that highlights some of the best roles that have recently been posted.

Here’s this week’s hottest jobs:

If you are looking to build your all-star team, try posting your role on SiteNews jobs today. And if you are seeking a job, check out the full list of available positions.

To stay updated on the latest jobs, don’t forget to subscribe to our industry leading newsletter. In addition to job, you will get a weekly rundown of construction’s biggest stories and trends.

Key Takeaways:

  • Crosslinx Transit Solutions is taking the province to court over the $12.81-billion transit project.
  • The consortium alleges that Metrolinx has failed to officially retain an operator for the line, causing major delays and costs.
  • Metrolinx has fired back saying it plans to defend itself and called the move a “delay tactic” when the team should be focused on delivering a detailed schedule for completing the project.

The Whole Story:

As the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project in Toronto nears completion, the consortium tasked with delivering and maintaining the line announced its plans to take Metrolinx to court. 

This month Crosslinx Transit Solutions (CTS) said in a statement that it has filed a notice of application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice aimed at Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario. The consortium alleges that Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, has failed to retain an operator for the unfinished transit line, causing significant delays and costs. 

“CTS has been forced to take this step after months of engagement with Metrolinx about the challenges to the project as a result of Metrolinx having no signed Operating Agreement with the TTC (despite having a decade to do so),” wrote CTS in a statement.

The consortium – which includes ACS-Dragados, Aecon, EllisDon and SNC-Lavalin – explained that it is seeking to be treated fairly so the nearly completed project can wrap up. 

The notice is asking the court to find that Metrolinx has an obligation to enter into a contract with the TTC as the intended operator of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and bind the TTC to a contract consistent with the project agreement.

A detailed map shows the route and stations for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. – Metrolinx

“At this late stage of the Eglinton Crosstown project, with construction more than 98% complete, and testing, training and commissioning underway, the TTC is able to make requests and provide input at any time, including at a late stage, that go beyond CTS’ contractual responsibilities,” said CTS. “Metrolinx has refused to manage or take ownership over these late changes requested by the TTC despite the undeniable continual impact on the project schedule. This has resulted in delays to the project outside our control and significant cost overruns which the CTS has continued to incur.” 

Phil Verster, Metrolinx president and CEO responded to the filing calling it “another unacceptable delay tactic” and said CTS should instead be working on submitting a credible project completion schedule. 

“While Metrolinx is driving and supporting CTS to complete the project, CTS is looking for new ways to make financial claims,” said Verster, adding that CTS’s behaviour “continues to be disappointing.”

Verster explained that Metrolinx and the TTC have been working collaboratively for years to get the Eglinton Crosstown LRT ready for customer service, but now require a schedule that describes how they will complete the testing, commissioning, safety and quality rectifications of the rail line.

CTS fired back saying they were disappointed with the characterization of their actions as a “delay tactic”.

CTS stated that rather than cause delays, their action seeks to remove existing barriers to completion. 

“Every single day our team at CTS continues to work diligently, despite the many challenges to deliver a safe and reliable system to the people of our city,” officials said.  

“It is not tenable for CTS to continue working towards shifting standards, requirements and goalposts of project completion.”

Crosslinx Transit Solutions

CTS noted that it has not suspended or stopped any work on the project, however, they are asking the courts to find that CTS is not obligated to continue working on the project while the issues between Metrolinx and the TTC are resolved. 

“It is not tenable for CTS to continue working towards shifting standards, requirements and goalposts of project completion,” they said. 

Verster said that Metrolinx plans to defend itself in cour and that the cost of CTS’s delays are for CTS to bear.

“Metrolinx is already withholding significant payments for poor performance,” said Verster. “We will continue to hold CTS to account and examine every remedy under the Project Agreement to ensure the project is delivered to a high quality and that it is safe and reliable to open.”

Deloitte Canada has announced the winners of the 2023 Canada’s Best Managed Companies awards. The program is the nation’s longest-standing initiative to recognize leading privately-owned Canadian companies. The 486 recipients included dozens of companies that build Canada’s infrastructure, homes, offices, industrial facilities and more.

“I am always amazed by the fortitude of our Best Managed Companies, who continue to act as global beacons for all of the talent and innovation Canada has to offer,” says Lorrie King, national co-leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program and partner with Deloitte Private. “With their bold vision, resilience, and inventiveness, these distinctly Canadian companies represent the bedrock of our nation’s current and future economies.”

To attain Canada’s Best Managed Companies standing, candidates apply annually and go through a rigorous assessment led by a multi-disciplinary judging panel. Companies are evaluated on their level of maturity on four core pillars: strategy, commitment, capability, and financials.

New this year, applicants were awarded bonus points for demonstrating leading-edge practices in the realms of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) initiatives, with particular attention on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, limiting waste, improving energy efficiency, and cultivating diversity.

Below is a list of Platinum Club construction companies, meaning that not only were they honoured this year, but who have maintained the title of Best Managed for seven years or more.

Graham Construction

A Graham truck drives through a construction site. – Graham

We will let some of Graham‘s numbers do the talking. It is a 100% employee-owned construction solutions partner with revenues exceeding $4 billion annually. The company has over nine decades of experience, and offices throughout North America. It has more 2,200 employees and more than 500 active projects.

ITC Construction Group

ITC crews lift components into place at a construction site. – ITC

The ITC team creates residential high rises, mixed-use developments and select commercial projects that range in size from $1 million to $600 million.  Over the past 40 years, ITC’s approach has led to the successful construction of over 200 residential, institutional, and commercial projects. ITC has been instrumental in enhancing the skylines in major urban centres such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, and Nanaimo. Last year, Pomerleau announced that it had entered into an agreement for the acquisition of ITC. It was the largest acquisition in the company’s history.

Shaw Group

A Shaw Group truck heads out with a load of materials. – Shaw Group

The Shaw Group is one of Eastern Canada’s leading community developers, residential builders and natural resource manufacturers. It’s roots of making bricks go so far back they pre-date the founding of Canada. The company operates on a decentralized basis through a number of divisions and subsidiaries: Shaw Brick, Shaw Precast Solutions, Shaw Resources, Clayton Developments Limited, Prestige Homes Inc., Ven-Rez Products Limited, Shaw Living, and Shaw Lifestyle.

Strike Group

Strike Group is a major builder in Western Canada’s oil and gas sector. – Strike Group

Strike Group is a leading energy service and construction company supporting the oil and gas industry throughout Western Canada. Based in Calgary, the employee-owned company has more than 900 employees in 15 locations in the region and provides services to a long list of well-known energy clients.

DPI Construction Management

DPI prides itself on being a diverse and inclusive construction company. – DPI

Diversity and inclusion aren’t an afterthought for DPI. It’s a key part of its strategy to drive innovation. They were the first commercial construction company to join the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). The company provides construction management oversight for commercial interior projects throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

PCL Construction

PCL highlights some of its female employees. – PCL

PCL, the largest construction company in the country, has been recognized by the Best Managed Companies program 28 times. This is its 21st consecutive year in the Platinum Club. Company officials stated that they don’t take recognition for granted. 

“In fact, it’s proof that our commitment to management excellence across our company’s footprint continues to shine,” said president and CEO Dave Filipchuk.


Omicron’s team celebrate’s the start of a new project. – Omicron

Omicron was born out of a dinner conversation in the 1990s. The founders were discussing how to find a more efficient way to deliver projects. Their solution? Getting architects, designers, engineers and builders to work together in a more integrated way. This is the 14th time it has been included in the Best Managed Companies list. It is one of the largest integrated development, design and construction firms in Western Canada. In the past few years, Omicron started collaborating with Nexii on sustainable building solutions. This collaboration deepened in July 2021, when Omicron was acquired by Nexii.

Morrison Homes

The Brooklyn is one of Morrison’s projects in Calgary. – Morrison Homes

In 1961, cabinetmaker and carpenter Frank Morrison started building homes on a simple promise: treat every customer as you would a friend. Over 50 years later, Morrison has grown into a major homebuilder for Calgary and Edmonton.


Pomerleau crews work at the Concord Saisons II project in Toronto. – Pomerleau

This Quebec giant was founded in 1964 by Hervé Pomerleau, an entrepreneur at heart, went into business with five employees. Two years later, he founded his company, Hervé Pomerleau Inc. Now it has nearly 200 active project sites across Canada and over 4,000 employees. Pomerleau even has the bragging rights to say they were the first construction company in the world to welcome a Boston Dynamics robot dog onto its job sites.  

Borger Group of Companies

Borger excavators load up trucks with soil at a project site. – Borger

Borger Brothers Ltd. was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company came to Alberta in 1949. In addition to being a leading contractor in underground, earthmoving and transportation, the company says it takes pride in being a good corporate citizen by giving back to the community. Borger Group believes its unique production methodology, its substantial equipment reserves of more than 300 pieces and a team of more than 400 employees, combine for the quickest project turnaround in the industry.


CANA has been involved in some of Calgary’s most iconic projects. – CANA

Alberta-based CANA boasts seven decades of experience executing commercial construction projects under a myriad of delivery methods. They’ve gained experience on some of the most iconic projects in Calgary including the original Saddledome, TELUS Spark, and the Calgary Courts Centre.

Chandos Construction

Chandos’ team at a job site. – Chandos

Chandos is a leader. They are one of only a handful of Canadian builders to earn B Corp. certification, they are pioneers of integrated project delivery and an early adopter of social procurement. They recently partnered with Bird Construction on Building Good, a thought leadership initiative that aims to catalyze owners and industry partners to change how the industry designs and builds for the betterment of people and the planet.


In 2018, Pennecon announced a refresh of its branding. – Pennecon

Pennecon is a provider of integrated solutions across a diverse portfolio: heavy civil, industrial, services & maintenance, and marine. Their capabilities go from breaking new ground to commissioning and ongoing site maintenance. The Atlantic-based company says it is powered by a diverse team, from coast-to-coast across Canada.


Dancor specializes in industrial, commercial and institutional facilities like this one in London, Ont.

Dancor is a construction and development company based out of Brampton, Ont. with building contractor services in London, Toronto, and across Southwestern Ontario. Their motto is “People like doing business with people they like.” The company stated that this means building relationships with the same level of dedication, attention to detail, transparency and quality that it puts into building projects.

Govan Brown

Our services span the full lifecycle of construction—starting with site evaluations and preconstruction through to commissioning, close-out, and beyond. – Govan Brown

After more than decade of experience, John Brown and Ralph Govan decided to branch out independently from the old-school model of how construction had been done. In 1994, Govan Brown set up its headquarters in John’s dining room on Pacific Avenue in Toronto. The company has since opened seven offices across the country. The company specializes in commercial, retail, and hospitality construction.


EBC was established more than 50 years ago. – EBC

Quebec-based EBC is active in the building, mining, and major civil engineering sectors. In collaboration with its business partners, EBC carries out ambitious and diverse projects of the highest quality. We apply the most stringent safety and quality standards while focusing on customer satisfaction.

Fillmore Construction

Fillmore recently expanded with a second permanent branch. – Fillmore Construction

Fillmore Construction is an Alberta-based general contractor serving Western Canada since 1991. Headquartered in Edmonton, they service clients throughout Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and the Yukon. In 2021, the company opened its second permanent branch in Kelowna, B.C.

Trotter & Morton

Crews work on a project in Fort McMurray, Alta. – Trotter & Morton

In 1927, Trotter & Morton began its journey as a plumbing and heating company, employing Alberta’s first ticketed plumber. Today, it is a diverse group of building trades experts from Vancouver to Winnipeg and Seattle to San Antonio. The company offers an integrated solution for the client—beginning with site preparation, advancing through all aspects of construction, and continuing after the build with ongoing maintenance.

Maisons Laprise

Maisons Laprise has taken a prefabricated approach to housing. – Maisons Laprise

Maisons Laprise has been player in the Quebec housing industry since 1989. The company designs and manufactures high performance energy-saving prefabricated home systems and building components for the residential, commercial and utilitarian markets segments, in Canada and abroad. Laprise’s head office and manufacturing sites are located in Montmagny, Que.

Cahill Group

Cahill Group’s history goes back to the 1950s. – Cahill

Cahill’s construction & fabrication and technology & services divisions, along with with its affiliated companies, offer single-source solutions for managing multi-trade industrial, commercial, and institutional projects. Cahill says its integrated approach utilizes the resources of the entire Cahill Group, including cross-functional teams, advanced project management systems, and state-of-the-art fabrication facilities to streamline even the most complex projects. It is one of the largest multidisciplinary construction companies in the country.

FWS Group

FWS Group’s team works on a grain terminal project in Saskatchewan. – FWS Group

Starting as a small General Contractor in 1953, FWS has grown its capabilities to serve an industry-spanning and global customer base. From potash mines to canola crush plants to container transload terminals, FWS specializes in integrated design-build construction.

Grascan Construction

Grascan crews do bridge rehab work in Toronto. – Grascan

Grascan Construction is a heavy civil and infrastructure contractor in Southern Ontario. For 35 years Grascan has successfully completed complicated infrastructure projects and built a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. They are currently one of the few approved Metrolinx (GO Transit), Canadian National Railway (CNR) and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) contractors. Grascan says that its experience and reputation with safety and hands on approach to constructibility have garnered it a reputation as one of the best.

Trico Homes

Calgary-based homebuilder Trico Homes is heavily involved in a variety of charity efforts that serve the area. – Trico Homes

Calgary-based Trico Homes’ team has built over 11,500 single and multi-family homes in Western Canada. In 1982, a mechanical engineer named Wayne Chiu immigrated to Calgary from Hong Kong to start his career and build a new life for his family. It was founded In 1992, by mechanical engineer Wayne Chiu who wanted to create a homebuilder that cares about the community. The company is now one of only a tiny handful of Canadian builders that is a certified B Corp.


A rendering show’s MONTONI’s Espace Montmorency project. – MONTONI

MONTONI has been on the list of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for more than 20 years now, which makes it the real estate company in Quebec with the longest history for this title. The company’s focus is on developing , building and managing industrial, institutional, commercial and residential buildings. To date it has completed more than 400 projects totalling 20 million square feet of property.


IWCD workers look over plans at a job site. – IWCD

Nanaimo-based IWCD is a full-service construction company that provides construction management, general contracting, design build, pre-construction, tenant improvements, tilt up construction and civil construction services across Vancouver Island and beyond.

Jayman BUILT

Jayman BUILT has been introducing standard features for its new homes to make them more energy efficient. – Jayman BUILT

Jayman BUILT has been creating homes in Alberta for 40 years and is is one of the largest homebuilders in the province. They have been building energy efficient homes for decades and have won too many awards to list here. This year they announced standard solar panel features for their 2023 homes aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and providing up to 50 per cent in electrical savings per year. The company has also made donations to help set up scholarships for trades students.

Lindsay Construction

Lindsay Construction’s team conduct’s a night pour. – Lindsay Construction

Lindsay Construction is a locally owned and operated that has been building in Atlantic Canada for more than 60 years. It has grown to more than 500 employees and has completed more than 5,500 major projects. Lindsay says that its self-performing capabilities, including in-house design, engineering and structural construction (carpentry, roofing, cladding, concrete formwork) enable it to deliver a cost-effective and integrated building experience.

Wildstone Construction Group

Wildstone says its its not just a general contractors. It’s team includes builders, engineers and construction managers. – Wildstone

Founded in 1995, Wildstone is a lean self-perform general contracting and engineering group serving the Western and Northern Canadian markets. Whether EPC (Engineer-Procure-Construct), IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), Design Build, Lump Sum, Construction Management or a hybrid delivery method that, Wildstone can adapt. The company states that its team can tackle greenfield water treatment facilities, design-building substations for remote mining operations, remote bridges, wineries and more.

Logel Homes

The Cohen 2 is one of Logel’s latest projects in Calgary. – Logel Homes

Logel Homes was launched in 2017, but the origins of the company date back to 1978, when President and CEO Tim Logel began working in the real estate and housing sector. Today the company is a multi-family homebuilder in Calgary that prides itself on being a homebuilder at the forefront of energy efficiency and sustainable practices. Their team has overseen the construction and sale of over 2,500 condos and townhouses in the region.

Maple Reinders

Maple Reinders was founded over 50 years ago by Fred J. Reinders, in the basement of his house in Etobicoke, Ont. – Maple Reinders

Maple Reinders is an award-winning construction services provider that has been solving problems and delivering creative solutions in ICI buildings and environmental construction for over 50 years. Their team has successfully delivered projects under every procurement model, from traditional construction management to complex public-private partnership arrangements. To date, they have built more than 2,900 projects.

Sullivan Construction Company

Sullivan’s team goes over documents at a job site. – Sullivan Construction Company

Maurice Sullivan founded the company in 1914. It has since become a versatile general contractor with over 100 years of experience at the forefront of bespoke ICI construction across Eastern and Northern Ontario and Quebec. Sullivan serves a range of sectors using collaborative delivery models, including general contracting, construction management, design-build, and IPD.


Lorneville’s team excels at working on large, complex industrial projects. – Lorneville.

New Brunswick-based Lorneville is an expert in facility construction and plant expansions for large industrial sectors — building safe, modern facilities of varying sizes and technical demands for more than 40 years. Lorneville’s expertise has been utilized on significant projects, including constructing Canada’s very first liquefied natural gas terminal.

Every May, Canadians celebrate the strength and dedication of moms for Mothers Day.

This year, SiteNews wanted learn more about working mothers who put on steel-toed boots and head off to the job site.

We spoke with Elvira Lovas, an Ontario tradesperson who holds multiple electrical licenses, a refrigeration mechanic license and a gas fitter license. She’s worked in construction, commercial service, facilities operations, passenger rail and academia. She also is single mother to a 10-year-old son.

SiteNews: How did you get into the construction sector and what sort of work do you do?

Elvira Lovas: Started in concrete and framing to try it, found it quickly boring. Moved to technical service in HVACR and gasfitting (some construction there too), then into industrial electrical work. I really like the technical subject matter. Trades were cheaper than Uni for engineering after already being in debt for a diploma I didn’t want to use in an industry I wasn’t interested in (which is what i was encouraged to be in by everyone). Lesson is figure yourself out and try different things to get some experience before taking decisions that require long term commitments. So simply put, I kind of settled for close to what I wanted that I believed I could afford. It worked out well.

What has been experience going through a pregnancy/raising a child while working in the industry?

No difference in work other than being too fat to fit in to places I did previously and yes I did all the heavy work just fine. Women are power-cleaning (heavy overhead presses) eight months pregnant at the gym nowadays so yeah, it’s doable if you have a healthy pregnancy and you’re fit. Not having weekends off due to work schedules worked out just great because his father was able to spend time with him on weekends and I had weekdays off to do whatever I wanted with my son. Not much for a social life but I was happy “momming” on my non-job time.

How did your life change after becoming a mother?

I’ve never stopped being tired haha. It gets a little better after a while (kiddo is 10 now) but there are some words I’ll never remember for lack of sleep (and now I’m getting older so there’s that). It’s busy. You better want it if you’re going to do it. I’m also super happy I did. Wouldn’t change a thing. It isn’t for everyone, but it’s for me.

Did you have any concerns about how you might be treated in the industry if you had a child?

No. Didnt tell anyone until I was really big and I couldn’t just say I was fat anymore. It was winter when I grew so I was able to hide it for a good while under the clothing. Since they saw me working while pretty large and pregnant already they didnt try to deter me because obviously, I was fine. Though I did have someone, not a tradesperson, a woman actually, freak out at me for working the way I was. She later apologized.

What was the response from your employer and coworkers when they found out you were going to be a parent?

One guy dropped his coffee when I told him I was pregnant. My boss wanted me to hurry up and come back but was very supportive. Think I timed it well due to us being slow after the recession (very much planned it as such). They were all pretty good about it. I did later get comments from one co-worker asked me who was feeding my son when I was working overtime. I’m sure others think like that. Their insecurities are not my problem. People who want to find something wrong with you always will, or they’ll make something up, so do whatever you want.

What are some misconceptions you think people have about working mothers in construction?

The same misconceptions they have about women and mothers in general. 

What are some of the challenges of being a mother in construction?

Unpredictable schedule which is why I’m in an industrial environment with shift work and a full time job.

What are some of the advantages of being a mother in construction?

Money. I can take care of my aging father and son and still have a disposable income. If you do what feels right, it doesn’t feel like work when you have to work.

Has being a mother taught you any lessons that have contributed to your work life?

I feel like I understand people in general more watching my son develop and knowing him as his own person. Changed my perspective on alot of things.

Has being in construction taught you any lessons that have contributed to your parenting?

What to correct while he is young. What happens when you don’t. I think blue collar environments are full of people who didn’t do what they were told. That isn’t inherently bad, but there is usually a lot of mental baggage that comes with being that way that can lead to unhappiness. I want him to be who he is (a free thinker) while being emotionally well adjusted and happy as an adult.

What are some things that the employers, government and coworkers could do to be more supportive of working mothers?

Employers need to be supportive of parents in general, meaning that men shouldn’t be punished for being parents, socially or otherwise either. This means men also need to have time with their families. Maternity leave has always been 15 weeks and parental leave 35 which can be taken by either parent. Men are afraid to take it, putting the burden on mothers, and denying men the opportunity to parent the way they could. Mothers absolutely need time to nurse their children, but men need time to bond and to be fathers. Children need their fathers too. PEOPLE shouldn’t be afraid to lose their jobs if they chose to have a life other than their career. The benefits extend to better mental health for everyone and better adjusted children and adults.

What would be your advice to other women in the industry who want to have a family and a career?

People are going to judge you anyway. Do whatever you want.

Key Takeaways:

  • The joint venture includes Chandos and Bird Construction.
  • The facility is being built using the Integrated Project Delivery model.
  • This facility, built on a 14-acre site at Jennett Avenue, will provide the utility greater efficiency.

The Whole Story:

Halifax Water has chosen Bird-Chandos Joint Venture as the successful proponent for its new facility’s first phase (design validation) in Burnside Business Park. 

Halifax Water’s selection process included assessing each proponent’s approach to designing a new facility, their health, safety, and environmental record, and an assessment of earlier work. 

“The selection of the Bird-Chandos Joint Venture as the successful proponent for the Burnside Operations Depot is a significant step for Halifax Water,” said Louis de Montbrun, acting general manager and CEO of Halifax Water. “This is an exciting project that, once complete, will provide our staff with modern facilities and enhance services for our customers.” 

The contract utilizes Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) with multiple partners, including Bird-Chandos Joint Venture, Group2 Architecture, FBM, CBCL, and Atlantica Mechanical Contractors.

“We look forward to collaborating with our partners to deliver this important project for Halifax Water. Bird has a reputation for successful project delivery within the IPD framework, and we are committed to ensuring that this facility meets the highest standards,” commented Teri McKibbon, president and CEO of Bird Construction. “Our clients are at the forefront of everything we do, and we are proud of our history and reputation for successfully delivering projects that benefit and serve the community.”

Halifax Water explained that the IPD process involves all participants through all design, fabrication, and construction phases. The objectives are to increase productivity, efficiently use resources, and avoid overruns or conflicts during construction.

“Collaborative construction enables the right conditions for project teams to identify and deliver best-value outcomes for owners,” said Tim Coldwell, president of Chandos Construction. “We’re thrilled to be part of the IPD team selected by Halifax Water. We look forward to working alongside Bird Construction and the other IPD partners to deliver the Burnside Operations Depot for the customers and employees of Halifax Water,” says 

Halifax Water stated that by consolidating its operations facilities with the technical services group, the utility can better serve customers. This facility, built on a 14-acre site at Jennett Avenue, will provide greater efficiency by bringing operations currently in four operations depots at Mann Street, Neptune Crescent, Park Avenue, and Bissett Road into one location. Three of these locations are nearing the end of their useful life and must be replaced. 

The utility noted that it has been engaging impacted staff on the project for the past year. The goal is to allow employees to provide insight and feedback before the facility’s design. They added that this includes improving functionality, optimizing the layout, and identifying desired features that reflect and enhance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

*Update: Workers have returned to the site after improvements to the weather. However, officials are prepared to evacuate if wildfire conditions change.

The Site C Dam project, a $16-billion hydroelectric project in northern B.C., has halted work due to wildfires.

The project near Fort St. John is over 70% completed and is expected to wrap up next year.

BC Hydro gave the following statement on twitter Tuesday morning:

“We are closely monitoring the Stoddart Creek wildfire. The Site C project is currently under an evacuation alert. As a precaution, we have suspended work at the dam site and are prepared to evacuate if necessary.”

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has already issued a series of evacuation orders for people in the area.

On Monday the PRRD issued combined evacuation orders and alerts for the Stoddart Creek and Red Creek wildfires, and a State of Local Emergency is declared for some areas.

“This is a very dangerous situation, and we’re here to support our communities, but we need residents leave immediately when an Evacuation Order is issued as it is not safe to stay behind,” said Mike Watkins, PRRD emergency operations centre director. “It is critical for residents in Evacuation Order areas to leave immediately.”

According to the latest workforce numbers from the project team, Site C has roughly 4,415 people working at the site. With an estimated value of $16 billion, it is one of the largest construction projects in the province.

*Editor’s note: This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

EllisDon wants to push construction forward.

The company announced the launch of the EllisDon Construction Technology Accelerator Program. The initiative, in partnership with Impulse Partners, aims to discover and accelerate the growth of pioneering construction technology start-ups. 

“Our industry is at a crossroads, and we need to embrace collaboration if we want to continue to expand our technology solutions,” said Brandon Milner, senior vice president, digital & data engineering, EllisDon. “We are proud to launch an accelerator program in partnership with Impulse Partners and hope it can act as a conduit to increase the development of cutting-edge innovation while driving growth and opportunities for promising start-ups.”

The accelerator program will provide a unique platform for selected start-ups, granting them access to pilot projects, industry experts, networking opportunities, and essential resources to cultivate and scale their businesses in Canada.

“Impulse Partners is thrilled to collaborate with EllisDon to accelerate the transformation of the construction industry. We believe that the program will create opportunities for startups from around the world to showcase their innovative solutions and work alongside industry leaders to bring them to market,” said Thomas Le Diouron, managing partner, Impulse Partners. 

The program will focus on three primary phases:

  • Identification of technology-driven solutions with high potential
  • Execution of pilot projects to evaluate new solutions on construction sites across Canada
  • Integration of the most promising start-ups into EllisDon’s various business units

EllisDon officials explained that as the construction sector confronts escalating challenges, including rising costs, labour shortages, and environmental concerns, embracing innovation is crucial for maintaining competitiveness and promoting growth. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility
  • With this new contract, Shoreline Power Group will execute Fuel Channel and Fuel Replacement work on all six of Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement projects.
  • Bruce Power’s refurbishment projects are expected to wrap up in 2033.

The Whole Story:

Shoreline Power Group has been awarded a $1.3-billion contract by Bruce Power.

Shoreline Power Group – a joint venture between Aecon, SNC-Lavalin and AECOM Fuel – will work on the Fuel Channel and Feeder Replacement (FCFR) projects for its remaining Major Component Replacement (MCR) projects in Units 4, 5, 7 and 8.

The announcement comes just days after Bruce Power achieved substantial completion on its Unit 6 MCR project on-time and on-budget. Shoreline Power Group completed the FCFR for Unit 6 and had previously been awarded the Unit 3 MCR project which began March 1. With this new contract, Shoreline Power Group will execute FCFR work on all six of Bruce Power’s MCR project (Units 3-8), helping to extend the life of the site to 2064 and beyond.

“We’re pleased to be able to partner with Shoreline Power Group for the entirety of our Major Component Replacement project over the next decade to perform the major component replacement portion of our Life Extension Program,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power president and CEO. “Part of Shoreline’s commitment is to deliver the next two MCRs more efficiently and cost-effectively than the previous one leveraging our lessons learned and best practices. Our Life Extension program when completed will provide clean energy for the people of Ontario and lifesaving medical isotopes to the world.”

Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility, in addition to producing power, it helps create lifesaving medical isotopes. The company and its partners will refurbish Units 3-8 between 2020 and 2033, a privately funded investment that they expect to generate billions in annual economic benefits in communities throughout the province. According to Bruce Power, It directly and indirectly supports 22,000 jobs annually and inject $4 billion into the province’s economy.

“This contract award underscores the success of our long-term partnership with Bruce Power and we are proud to achieve substantial completion on Unit 6,” said Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and CEO of Aecon Group Inc., on behalf of Shoreline Power Group. “The success of the Unit 6 refurbishment is a testament to the incredible work of our dedicated teams and trades. We look forward to working with our partners to execute the remainder of this critical project with an unwavering commitment to safety, quality, schedule and cost performance. This work supports a net-zero future, creates economic benefits and helps ensure the supply of clean and reliable electricity to meet Ontario’s growing energy demands.”

Todd Smith, Ontario minister of energy, applauded the partnership which says will keep the facility producing clean, reliable and affordable energy.

“We are proud and fortunate to have a world-class nuclear supply chain that is the envy of the world,” he said.