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The Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition (MBPP), a growing grassroots coalition of 30 Construction Associations and Unions, including HRAI, applauds the unanimous support Bill 218 received in passing second reading.  

 In his opening remarks, PC MLA Reg Helwer (Brandon West) stated, “This is a fair and balanced legislative proposal that ensures a timely flow of payments across the construction industry to companies and workers. Industry groups in our Province have asked for this legislation for a long time. Payment delays affect the viability of businesses, general costs of construction, and Manitoba’s competitiveness across North America in attracting investment.”  

 Bill 218 is the culmination of a 7-year journey for the Manitoba Construction Industry.  The Coalition is thankful Mr. Helwer has been responsive to their concerns.  For stakeholders in the gallery witnessing today’s legislative process, it was encouraging to see all parties come together to support Bill 218 and its development.  In her comments, Cindy Lamoureux (Liberal MLA for Burrows) demonstrated a thorough understanding of the issues facing Industry because of delayed payments.  Tom Lindsey (NDP MLA for Flin Flon) identified Prompt Payment Legislation as an important issue and commended Mr. Helwer for presenting a Bill that all parties can work on together. Scott Johnston (PC MLA for St. James) sympathized with Industry and acknowledged that Prompt Payment Legislation will have a positive outcome for Industry, the economy and all Manitobans, citing his personal experience with delinquent payment within the industry. 

 Through the introduction of Mr. Helwer’s Bill, Manitoba contractors are seeking the same protections already realized in other countries and jurisdictions throughout the Western World, including 49 U.S. States, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union. 

Chair Sandra Skivsky, of The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) reached out to the coalition earlier today "On behalf of NTCCC I would like to congratulate the Manitoba Prompt Payment Coalition on the hard work and commitment towards establishing prompt payment legislation in Manitoba. It is encouraging to see Bill 218 pass 2nd reading with a unanimous vote, it means that government understands the issue.  And while there is more work to be done, NTCCC supports its trade contractor members in achieving a fair, transparent and legislated prompt payment regime"

 In his comments, Mr. Helwer described Bill 218 as a working paper.  The Coalition is pleased Mr. Helwer will be seeking additional input and looks forward to engaging in the consultative stage of the Bills development.  Brad Mason, Spokesperson for the coalition stated, “MBPP is working closely with the Winnipeg Construction Association and other industry stakeholders to achieve consensus in order to satisfy the needs of Manitoba’s Construction Industry and protect those most affected by delinquent payment”.  

 For more information, contact Scott Papp at spapp@hrai.ca or 1-800-267-2231 ext 233.