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The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) is expressing its strong support for the federal government’s budget, released today, for its move to make prompt payment the law on all federal government contracts in Canada.

“Trade contractors, tradespeople, suppliers and families in Canada’s construction sector have been waiting a long time for this,” said Sandra Skivsky, Chair of NTCCC. “The government has listened to the concerns of trade contractors, suppliers, and tradespeople and is focused on making construction more efficient in Canada.”

Since the last election, NTCCC has led efforts to have prompt payment introduced federally. Ontario passed Canada’s first prompt payment laws just over a year ago with the introduction of the Construction Act. Canada has lagged behind other countries and now has the opportunity to learn from best practices internationally and domestically.

“Our coalition represents the largest trade contractor associations in Canada, who are responsible for over 80% of the work performed in the construction sector,” added Skivsky. “To say we’re excited would be an understatement, but we are looking forward to seeing the drafted legislation and taking part in the process.”

Payment delays have risen steadily in Canada since the economic downturn in 2008. These bottlenecks have limited efficiency by slowing projects and increasing disputes between prime contractors and sub-contractors. The NTCCC has worked closely with Public Services and Procurement Canada, and Members of the House of Commons and Senate of Canada to build momentum for a made-in-Canada approach to legislating payment timeframes.

“We wish to commend all partners in government, including the Minister of PSPC, Minister of Finance, and our Champions in the House of Commons and the Senate, the Hon. Judy Sgro and Senator Don Plett for the incredible work they have done to get us to this point,” Skivsky concluded.

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) was established in 2004 to provide an organized forum for Canada's national trade organizations to share information, resources, and to collaborate on issues that are of common interest all. The membership is currently comprised of: Canadian Roofing Contractors Association, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, Canadian Masonry Contractors Association, Canadian Electrical Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, Interior Systems Contractors Association, Thermal Insulation Association of Canada, Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada-Contractors Division, Sheet-Metal Contractors Association, and the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction.

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Rob LeForte, Public Affairs