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The provinces are marching towards prompt payment.

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Good morning! 🏗 Hey, builders, are you trustworthy? Some Canadians aren’t so sure. Recent research shows 14% of Canadians believe building contractors “lie all the time”. If it makes you feel better, 15% don’t trust online journalists either.

Speaking of trust, one of the biggest issues in construction is getting paid in a timely manner. Keep reading to see the latest updates from across the country on prompt payment legislation

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THE BIG STORY

Prompt payment scores some major wins

Getting paid on time is a massive issue in construction. According to a recent survey of hundreds of construction companies in the U.S., only 12% reported being paid on time regularly.

In Canada, there has been a lengthy effort by the industry to legislate timely payment. This March included some major wins.

What happened:

  • Manitoba officials introduced amendments to the Builders’ Liens Act that will make prompt payment the law of the land. According to the province, the new legislation will ensure timely construction projects by removing the disruptions caused by non-payment in the supply chain.

  • Alberta announced a commitment to extend prompt payment rules to public works projects.

Elsewhere in Canada:

  • Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan already have prompt payment legislation in effect. Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba are in various stages of either implementing or attempting to implement their own prompt payment legislation.

  • Despite recommendations for prompt payment during budget consultations, B.C. has not enacted any prompt payment legislation. The BC Construction Association (BCCA) has long called prompt payment the number one issue facing the industry.

BCCA President Chris Atchison recently put it this way: “No amount of infrastructure investment will succeed if we don’t reduce the pressures on BC’s builders. You can’t build the hospitals, the schools, the transit networks, the housing, if you can’t count on getting paid for the work you do.”

Why it matters

Late payment can be devastating. A report from National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada and the Ontario General Contractors Association outlined some of the biggest impacts:

  • Reduced employment in the construction industry.

  • Less investment in apprenticeship, greater use of ‘independent operators’.

  • Less investment in machinery and equipment and hence lower productivity.

  • Higher construction costs because of the need to factor in late payment risk.

  • Smaller bidding pools because payment risk forces contractors to limit the amount of work they take on

  • An erosion of the level playing field by rewarding those contractors that delay payments without justification while penalizing those contractors who are forced to cope with late payments.

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