Local 63 Project and Work Update
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Local 63 Project and Work Update

As the spring and summer work season comes to an end, Local 63 members can look forward to a number of ongoing and upcoming projects with CLAC-signatory employers throughout Alberta. Here’s a brief rundown on what’s happening across the province.

Calgary and Southern Alberta

This summer has been busy in the construction sector in southern Alberta. In and around Calgary, members have performed a lot of work in the commercial, institutional, and heavy civil sectors for Bird Constructors Ltd., Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited, Golderado Contracting Corp., Integral Energy Services Ltd., Ledcor Construction Ltd., Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd., PCL Builders Inc., Strathcona Mechanical Limited, Technical Workforce Inc. (TWI), and other companies.

Meanwhile, work on the Springbank Dam project has started, and Golderado is already on site with an initial portion of the work. Other larger projects such as the Green Line LRT have recently announced they will be making decisions on who will be constructing it by early 2023. We are hopeful CLAC-signatory employers will be working on that project as well.

As mentioned in previous issues of CLAC News, renewable energy plays a big part of the construction work being performed in southern Alberta. Borea Construction ULC has members working on as many as 10 wind or solar projects this summer and fall. In addition, members with PCL Builders are nearing completion on two solar projects, including one of the biggest in Canada. Both companies have more projects pending into 2023.

Members with TWI and Westwood Electric Ltd. picked up electrical substation work on a variety of solar and wind projects. This is in addition to the work members did with PCL Energy Inc. when they completed substations on two solar projects earlier this year. The work for 2023 in the renewable sector could be even greater than it was in 2022!

Greater Edmonton Area

PCL Energy continues to ramp up work at several power plant projects, such as the Capital Power project in Genesee, the Maxim Power project just outside Grande Cache, and the Cascade Power project in Edson. They are also on site at the E.L. Smith Solar Farm project, which will generate renewable energy to power the wastewater treatment facility, as well as continuing maintenance work at the Suncor South Refinery. Brand Energy Solutions (Canada) Ltd. is performing maintenance work at Shell Scotford, and CLAC-signatory contractors WorleyCord Energy Solutions Ltd and Skyway Canada Limited continue to be involved bring the IPL project to completion.

Wood Buffalo Region

As projected, the oil market in 2022 rebounded with a busy spring shutdown season as the Alberta government phased out many COVID-19 restrictions. CLAC-signatory employers are anticipating a strong fall schedule as the demand for skilled tradespersons remains high with no shortage of work in sight.

Important negotiations are scheduled for the fall with wage reviews for Heartland Constructors Inc., Primoris Mine Services (Canada) LP and a collective agreement renewal for Ledcor Pipe & Infrastructure Inc. All three companies perform most of the in-the-fence pipeline work in the Fort McMurray area. This, along with collective agreement renewals from several CLAC-signatory employers and strong oil prices is setting up for what should be an exciting end to 2022.

Pipeline

As a whole, we continue to see the majority of large-inch pipeline work going through BC. Here in Alberta, members continue to see significant work with Midwest Pipelines Inc., Macro Pipelines Inc., and Ledcor Pipeline Limited in the central and northern regions.

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