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One step closer to prompt payment legislation in Manitoba – Bill 38 1st reading

March 30, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

Minister James Teitsma (centre) poses in the legislative building with members of Manitoba Prompt Payment, Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, Winnipeg Construction Association, and General Contractors Alliance of Canada–Manitoba. Source: MBPP.

March 30, 2023 – Manitoba Prompt Payment (MBPP)—a coalition of 32 trade associations and unions across the province—salutes James Teitsma, Minister of Consumer Protection and Government Services, for bringing forward the first reading of Bill 38, The Builders’ Liens Amendment Act (Prompt Payment).

Manitoba Prompt Payment (MBPP) exists for the sole purpose of persuading the Manitoba government “that delinquent payment is a growing problem in the construction industry, and that legislation is needed to ensure that money flows as it is intended down through the contractor supply chain”.

“A prompt payment framework guarantees timely payment, avoids increased construction costs and reduces project delays,” said Brad Mason, MBPP co-chair. “A big part of this legislation is it gives us the ability to adjudicate dispute resolution in a timely manner. This is a game-changer.”

Bill 38 enhances regulatory and economic competitiveness, says the coalition, aligning Manitoba with other Canadian provinces.


“This is the first step in Bill 38 receiving Royal assent; the Conservative Party delivering on their 2019 election commitment and Premier Stefanson’s 2021 leadership commitment to a ‘timely remuneration regime’ for contractors,” noted Ramona Coey, MBPP co-chair.

Coey says the coalition is optimistic Bill 38 will have the cooperation of the Official Opposition.

“We are hopeful Minister Teitsma’s comments that Bill 38 ‘has the unequivocal support of the entire construction industry’ will resonate with all elected officials,” Coey said.

For more information about Manitoba Prompt Payment, contact Ramona Coey at 204-774-2404 or ramona@mcamb.ca.

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