Construction Law Reform: Prompt payment, adjudication, and modernization

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What you need to know

Construction law reform is coming to Canada.

Ontario has already passed significant reforms that introduced prompt payment laws, construction dispute adjudication as a fast-track alternative to litigation, and many other significant updates and modernizations. Read a brief summary of Ontario's construction law reforms.

On October 21, 2020, Alberta introduced Bill 37: The Builders' Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020 that introduces its version of prompt payment and adjudication, and includes many other updates and modernization changes. Learn more about Alberta's construction law reforms.

Similar legislation has been introduced or is under consideration federally and in many other provinces. View the current status of construction reform legislation and regulations across the country.


These changes will have a profound impact on every part of the construction industry. From liens, to holdbacks, to payment timing, to dispute resolution, the reforms will alter all of them dramatically. The Gowling WLG Construction & Engineering team is here to help you through these changes.

What do I need to know?

The Gowling WLG Construction & Engineering Group has been leading the industry in preparing for construction law reforms across Canada. We have published many articles, held many seminars, and have many more planned.

View past Building Brief articles

View past seminars, including some videos

For coming events, seminars, and our construction law forums, visit our seminars & events page

View the current legislative status of reforms in each province.


Please do not hesitate to contact anyone in the Gowling WLG Construction & Engineering Group if you have any questions or would like to know more about the Construction Act amendments or any other construction or project-related matter. We would be more than happy to assist.