From the desk of Alison Smith, Executive Director
BCA Board Director, Scott Garrett and I attended COCA’s annual Welcome to Construction Season Reception at Queen’s Park – this is an opportunity to keep our industry, organization, and issues top of mind with government officials. The Welcome to Construction Season Reception is one of COCA’s most successful and highly anticipated annual events. A very encouraging announcement was made by the Attorney General:
AG Confirms Introduction of CLA Reform Bill at COCA Reception
Most readers will know that the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) has been lobbying for Construction Lien Act reform for more than 20 years and for prompt payment legislation since 2011. A giant step forward was made when the government engaged Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel to conduct a review of the Construction Lien Act and to consider the chronic issues of delayed payment that are endemic in the construction industry.
Another giant step was made when the Reynolds-Vogel Report was made public on June 26, 2016. Their report presented 100 recommendations to modernize the Construction Lien Act, introduce a quick “real time” dispute resolution system for project disputes and introduce a prompt payment regime. Legislative Counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General has been busy ever since, translating those recommendations into a Bill, receiving practical advice and guidance from Reynolds, Vogel and the panel of industry experts they used as part of their review.
At COCA’s Annual Welcome to Construction Season Reception at Queen’s Park, in his keynote address Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi stated that “unless something totally unexpected occurs, the Bill will be introduced for first reading before the Legislature rises for its summer recess on June 1st”..
He went on to say that he would make every effort to move the Bill through the legislative process to become law before the end of the fall 2018 session.
In their remarks following the Attorney General’s address, both Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton and New Democratic Party MPP Paul Miller gave words of support.
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