Construction Law Reform: Prompt payment, adjudication, and modernization

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Current status of law reforms

October 21, 2020: Alberta – Bill 37, The Builders’ Lien Prompt Payment Amendment Act, 2020 introduced first reading

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October 1, 2019: Ontario - Prompt payment rules
and no more liens on municipalities to come into force
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June 2019: Federal Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act passes
Third Reading in the House, moves to Senate
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June 2019: Manitoba – Bill 245, The Prompt Payments in the
Construction Industry Act
introduced (Private Member's Bill)
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May 2019: Saskatchewan – Bill 152, The Builders' Lien (Prompt Payment)
Amendment Act
, 2018 received Royal Assent and in waiting for proclamation
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May 2019: British Columbia – Bill M223, The Prompt Payment (Builders Lien) Act
introduced (Opposition Member's bill)
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April 2019: Nova Scotia – Bill 119, Builders' Lien Act (amended)
received Royal Assent and is waiting for proclamation
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December 2018: Ontario - Schedule 8 of Bill 57 came into force with further
amendments and "fixes" to the Construction Act
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November 2018: Manitoba – Final Report of Law Reform Commission
published recommending modernization and prompt payment
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July 1, 2018: Ontario - "Modernization" amendments came into force
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May 2018: New Brunswick – Law Reform Notes #40 and #41 proposing amendments
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April 2018: Ontario - Final regulations approved by the Province
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April 2018: Manitoba – Bill 218, The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act
introduced (Private Member's bill)
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December 2017: Ontario - Bill 142 Received Royal Assent
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December 2017: Ontario - Bill 142 Passed third reading
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December 2017: Québec – Bill 108, an Act to facilitate oversight of public bodies' contracts
and to establish the Autorité des marchés publics received Royal Assent

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November 2017: Ontario - Bill 142 Ordered for third reading;
completed committee stage; amendments adopted
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October 2017: Ontario - Bill 142 Passed second reading
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May 2017: Ontario Bill -142, "The Construction Lien Act Amendment Act, 2017" Introduced in legislature and passed first reading
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April 2016: Alberta – Alberta Infrastructure adopted prompt payment