BCA and OPCA Step Up at Bill 142 Hearings
On Monday, November 13th COCA reported to its members that there were still two empty time slots on the schedule for the final afternoon of public hearings on Bill 142 on November 15th. The construction industry is overwhelmingly in favour of the Bill which modernizes the Construction Lien Act, introduces a timely and fair payment regime and introduces a dispute resolution process for construction project disputes. However, the Bill does have a few detractors, particularly among those who don’t like to pay their contractors and suppliers in a timely way.
Allowing these two time slots to go unfilled gives the Bill’s opponents, largely the institutional buyers of construction who prefer to drag out payment, with a disproportionately loud voice. So, along came Alison Smith of the BCA and Andrew Sefton of the OPCA to fill the openings and speak in favour of the Bill. All supporters of Bill 142 Construction Lien Amendment Act 2017 owe special thanks to the Alison and Andrew for stepping up to the plate and making compelling and persuasive presentations at the public hearings.
November 15 was the final afternoon of public hearings. Also presenting were representatives of the OGCA (100% in support with minor suggestions to extend the timelines for adjudication), OHBA (openly and violently opposed to the Bill because the residential sector is different) and the OAA (largely supportive with some minor changes).
Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel took the last spot, batting clean-up. They responded to some of the concerns expressed by presenters throughout the full three days of hearings. They assured the Committee that all of the legitimate concerns will be addressed in the regulations to the Bill where they can be easily tweaked and refined when needed. They said the Bill, when in force, will cause companies, big and small, to change their processes and their culture around payment.
The Committee on the Legislative Assembly will hold clause-by-clause review of Bill 142 on the afternoons of November 22nd and 29th. This is the phase in the legislative process when amendments are introduced. We anticipate that the government will introduce approximately 20 amendments to provide refinements and definitions for clarity and transition provisions for projects that straddle the in-force date.
Then the Committee will have exactly nine sitting days to report the Bill back to the legislature for third reading and Royal Assent. The Legislature rises on December 14th for its winter break and does not reconvene until February 20, 2018 for what will be a truncated session before campaigning begins for the general election in June.
It’s anticipated that the new construction lien provisions will come into effect about 6 months following Royal Assent and the dispute resolution and payment regime about 18 to 24 months following Royal Assent.
Ian Cunningham, President, COCA
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