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Happy Birthday Canada!

With Canada’s 150th just around the corner, we thought we’d take a minute to reflect on the vital role that the construction industry plays in our country’s economic health. Canada is widely recognized as one of the world’s largest markets for commercial, residential and infrastructure development. Here are some fun facts about the Canadian construction industry:
  • 1 out of 13 workers employed in Canada earns a living in the construction industry
  • Construction workers install, repair or renovate work worth $242 billion annually
  • Canada is home to more than 350,000 construction firms
  • The top four provinces for construction activity include Ontario (34%), followed by Quebec (20%), Alberta (18%), and British Columbia (14%)
  • The construction industry maintains more than $4 trillion in assets
  • In the past decade, more than 50 skyscrapers were built in major cities including Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary
  • It is forecast that Canada will be in need of almost 320,000 new construction workers between now and 2020

Safety tips for working in a stormy season

As the result of an active storm track and abundant Gulf moisture, it’s been an exceptionally stormy spring with above average precipitation. This weather pattern poses unique safety challenges for utility locators and other outdoor workers. We've compiled some tips to help you work safely in stormy weather. 

Safe excavation starts with awareness

The latest Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) produced annually by the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) uncovered that 39% of utility damages that occurred last year were the result of insufficient excavation practices.  In the latest issue of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA) Journal, Kevin Vine, President of multiVIEW offers some best practices for ensuring safe excavation.

>>Read article

Real-time subsurface data empowers safe excavation

multiVIEW's latest case study reveals how Harrington & Associates, a construction management company based out of Richmond Hill, leveraged Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to get real-time data on the location and depth of buried drain lines and HVAC ducts in their project area.

>>Learn more

Significant regulatory changes to hydrovac sector coming next month

On July 1, 2017 the Ontario provincial government will enact new regulatory measures that will significantly impact providers of hydro-excavation services and their customers.  Under the new regulations, hydrovac trucks will now be classified as a commercial vehicle rather than a road building machine, which will introduce many changes.  Some of these include:

  • New MTO rules on hydrovac licensing, driving qualifications, weight restrictions and overweight permits, fuel taxes and Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration (CVOR)
  • New Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) carbon tax regulations that will affect large and small businesses
  • Future regulations expected from MOECC on disposal of hydrovac slurries, emerging from policy guidelines and discussions on managing excess soils

>>Learn more

Bill-S229 enforces "Call or Click Before You Dig" on a national level

Interesting changes are happening in the damage prevention industry. In May, Bill-S229, The Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act, received its third reading in the Senate. The Bill seeks to enforce the Call or Click Before You Dig Principle on a national level by introducing a federal underground infrastructure notification system.

>> Learn more

Ontario modernizes provincial construction laws

Ontario is seeking to modernize provincial construction laws to address key issues and improve efficiency. If passed, the legislation will introduce changes to the lien and holdback process, rules to ensure prompt payment, and mechanisms to speed up the dispute resolution process.
>> Learn more

Upcoming Events

CCGA Annual Damage Prevention Symposium

On the heels of Canada’s milestone birthday, the CCGA Annual Damage Prevention Symposium is bound to be extra exciting this year! Held at the Delta Hotel in the heart of Ottawa, Sept. 19-21, the Symposium will attract Damage Prevention professionals from across the country and will focus on topics that include Ground Disturbance Standards, Abandoned Facilities, Excavation Strategies, Public Private Partnerships, International and Municipal Best Practices. Come visit us at booth #307!

>>Learn more

Industry News

Quebec adopts law sending construction labourers back to work

Canada Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Inc. announce partnership

OC Transpo wants to spend $4.8M on LRT training

Better wastewater treatment and stormwater infrastructure for Ottawa residents

Hamilton submits updated LRT study

Ottawa, Gatineau sign inter-provincial transit agreement

Toronto moving forward with future transit plans

Metrolinx files appeal over Bombardier decision

Pictures From the Field
In the thick of a Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Project at the Woodbine Race Track
Uncovering non-conductive buried utilities on a project site with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
It's always bustling at Yonge and Eglinton! Red spray paint indicates the presence of electric power lines, cables, conduits and lighting cables underground.
Visit our Project Gallery to view more pictures from the field. 

Experts in Utility Locating
Backed by more than 26 years' experience, we can locate every type of buried asset including the "un-locatable" such as clay sewer pipes. Learn more

Safety Commitment
Safety underpins everything that we do at multiVIEW. Technicians are ORCGA DPT certified & we are ISNetworld registered. Learn more about our safety culture.

Fast, Responsive Web-based Estimate Form
Projects can be complex - multiVIEW estimators are ready to work with you to provide an accurate estimate for services.  
>>Email Estimating Team

The Latest DIRT Report is Here!
This publication, produced by the ORCGA, provides an overview of the status of damage prevention and safety across the province. 
>> Learn more


Self-Performance to Minimize Risk
We self-perform a multitude of services, largely eliminating the need to manage subcontractors. Cost savings are forwarded directly to our customers. Learn more in our corporate brochure. 

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