On March 28, 2014, the Province of Ontario announced that it
will be appointing an independent third party to review the
Construction Lien Act. The review is in response to
feedback which the province received from interested parties during
public hearings on Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act, 2014,
a private member's bill which received first and second
readings in the Ontario legislature in May 2013. The Standing
Committee on Regulations and Private Bills ended consideration of
Bill 69 on April 2, 2014.
The Bill 69 consultation process "identified a need to
close gaps in Ontario's construction laws in order to better
protect large and small members of the construction sector."
Accordingly, the review of the Construction Lien Act,
which was enacted in 1983, will focus on the following concerns
raised by various members of the construction industry,
reducing the financial risks companies face when they are not
paid for services on time
making sure payment risk is distributed fairly among all
finding ways to ensure that companies pay for services and
supplies on time
The review, which will begin in spring 2014, will involve a wide
range of interested parties in the construction industry, including
owners from the private and public sectors, architects, engineers,
legal and other building professionals, the financial sector, the
National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada, the Ontario General
Contractors Association, large general contractors, the Council of
Ontario Construction Associations, the Ontario Road Builders'
Association, Infrastructure Ontario and the provincial building
Among other things, Bill 69 would have entitled contractors and
subcontractors to receive progress payments and to suspend work or
terminate contracts if payments were not made; required the payment
of holdback within one day after the payer was no longer required
to retain the holdback under the Construction Lien Act;
prohibited holdbacks other than those permitted or required under
the Construction Lien Act; and imposed financial
disclosure obligations on owners before entering into
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