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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently gave the Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement instruction to prioritize prompt payment for contractors and sub-contractors who do business with her department.

The addition supports calls by the vast majority of the construction industry to address the urgent problem of payment delays which reduce cash flow, decrease efficiency, and hurt small businesses and their employees.

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC), of which HRAI is a member,  has worked constructively with political leaders and Public Services and Procurement Canada officials to ensure the federal government has a plan that is consistent with its goal of modernizing procurement practices.

The NTCCC is looking forward to further discussion with departmental officials and Members of Parliament as the federal government makes progress on this issue

In Ontario, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, moved to committee recently at Queen’s Park with unanimous support at second reading. Bill 142 is the product of many years of advocacy from Prompt Payment Ontario, with substantial expert review from leaders in construction law. The principles of that bill are expected to provide an effective template for the federal government and other provinces that wish to improve productivity in their construction sectors.  NTCCC looks forward to other provinces moving towards having a prompt payment regime.

For more information please contact: Scott Papp, Manager, Divisional Programs (Contractors) at spapp@hrai.ca or 1-800-267-2231 ext. 233.  To support Prompt Payment, please visit www.promptpayment.ca For general information on the NTCCC, please visit www.ntccc.ca