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In past editions of HRAI’s E-News, you may have noted that Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia had recently tabled proposed prompt payment legislation. Saskatchewan's Bill 152, The Builders' Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2018, introduced in November 2018, has now passed Third Reading and is now waiting to be proclaimed. In Nova Scotia, proposed legislation has passed second reading and has proceeded to Committee stage. In both cases, the proposed legislations mirrors most of the major prompt payment and adjudication provisions and timelines of the Ontario act that was passed in 2017.

On May 28, 2019, BC Liberal House Leader and MLA for Langley Mary Polak introduced the Prompt Payment (Builders Lien) Act to the legislature in an attempt to modernize British Columbia’s construction industry and ensure builders are paid on time for their work.

“First and foremost, my goal in putting forward this bill is to ensure those who build our province – contractors, subcontractors, and workers – are paid in a timely fashion,” says Polak. “By setting payment deadlines, we can protect hard-working British Columbians from unexpected and unnecessary financial hardship and minimize payment disputes.”

If passed, this legislation will require owners to pay contractors within 28 days of receiving an invoice, and contractors to pay subcontractors seven days thereafter.

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick are also looking into the possibility of proposing similar legislation.

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