These are this week’s top stories, regarding the construction industry in Ontario, that you need to know.

September 25, 2020


Residential and civil contractors proposing six-point plan to speed up utility locates in Ontario

“Contractors across the province are trying to catch-up with the backlog caused by COVID-19 and this heightened activity has resulted in an increase in demand for utility locates in many municipalities,” says RCCAO executive director Andy Manahan.

CDCO creates a full-time position to help veterans become carpenters

The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) has created a new full-time position to assist Canadian military veterans who want to become carpenters.

Accelerating critical highway, transit construction and rebuilding economy are top priorities for Ontario this fall

The Ontario government’s fall legislative agenda will focus on job creation, skills training, attracting investment, strengthening communities, and fortifying the front lines of the province’s health care system.

Gordie Howe bridge team planning online community update on latest construction

Despite the ongoing pandemic, construction has hardly slowed down on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Dozens of workers on both sides of the border have remained busy over the last several months, while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. The vast workspaces of the bridge project has helped with social distancing.

Feds open qualifications for $1 billion Supreme Court project

A massive rehabilitation project is moving forward in Ottawa, with Public Services and Procurement Canada seeking to pre-qualify four architectural and structural engineering firms for a $1 billion overhaul of the Supreme Court.

Eastern Ontario hospitals share over $2.3 million for upgrades and infrastructure repairs

Three local hospitals in Leeds and Grenville will receive more than $2.3 million from the provincial government to address critical repairs and maintenance, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced last week.


‘Positive’ Response to RFQ for PREPA’s Legacy Generation Assets

The executive director of the Public-Private Partnership Authority (P3A), Fermín E. Fontanés, announced a “positive market response” to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued last August along the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for private entities interested in operating, managing, and dismantling one or more of the base-load generation plants and gas turbines island wide (Legacy Generation Assets).

Alberta’s construction industry receives $3 million investment from federal government

Alberta’s construction industry is receiving a $3 million investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to help small businesses adopt new technologies that improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


COVID-19: How is Ontario architectural, engineering and construction fairing as the pandemic continues in the fall and winter

One word – uncertainty – describes Ontario’s architectural, engineering and construction community’s sense of COVID-19’s impact as the pandemic approaches the fall and winter seasons.

Ontario set to employ largest number of labour inspectors in provincial history

The Ontario government is launching a recruitment campaign to increase its team of frontline health and safety inspectors by 98 and help ensure workplaces across the province are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, there will be more labour inspectors on the ground than ever before in the province’s history.


Federal Throne Speech – No Time for Austerity

Governor General Julie Payette launched the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada by delivering the Speech from the Throne.  Noting that this is our generation’s crossroads, the government’s approach to helping Canadians in the short-term and to ‘building back better’ for future generations is based on four main foundations:

  1. Fight the pandemic and save lives
  2. Support people and businesses through the crisis
  3. Build back better to create a stronger, more resilient Canada
  4. Stand up for who we are as Canadians.

Click here to read the full Throne Speech and click here for this complete bulletin.

Have you registered for the 2020 AGM & Conference yet?

The Ontario Construction Secretariat 2020 AGM & Conference is going virtual on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 and we hope you can join us.


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