Trades council says it can meet demand from $2-billion project

As Nova Chemicals gears up for $2-billion in construction in St. Clair Township, the president of the Sarnia-Lambton Building and Construction Trades Council says its members are ready to supply the skilled workforce the project needs.

Nova has begun preparing the site of a new polyethylene plant to be built over the next three years on Rokeby Line, next to its Corunna plant where work is also planned to double its production.

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Major Halifax construction projects lead to calls for small business compensation

The upcoming summer season has many people daydreaming of wandering around downtown Halifax shops, perhaps even sitting on patios with a frosty beverage or two.

It’s safe to say the majority of people aren’t including the sounds of relentless jackhammering or drilling in that picture, but for some downtown Halifax businesses, that scenario is a challenging reality.

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Canada: Ontario Passes Fair Wage Legislation To Protect Certain Workers On Government Contracts

On May 8, 2018, the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”) received Royal Assent. The newly passed legislation allows Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for people working in construction, building cleaning, and security services jobs under contracts with the government. Private sector contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay according to those rates.

The Act – passed on the final sitting day of the Ontario legislature before the June election – updates the Ontario government’s Fair Wage Policy for the first time since 1995. It builds on the historic actions that Ontario has already taken to create more opportunity and security for workers through the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

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U of T to build academic wood tower on downtown Toronto campus

The University of Toronto is set to build a 14-storey academic tower made of timber on its downtown Toronto campus – expected to be the tallest mass timber and concrete hybrid building in North America.

It follows a growing international trend towards tall timber structures, which have been lauded for their low carbon footprint, fire safety and faster construction time.

 

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