By Anthony Capkun
October 10, 2017 – Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act (Ontario), passed second reading with a unanimous vote at Queen’s Park, reports Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO). The act now moves to the committee stage for consideration.
“We are looking for support from all parties in making sure this bill passes into law,” said Ron Johnson with PPO. “Over 400,000 workers in Ontario’s construction sector will benefit from this bill being passed, and Minister Naqvi has shown he supports the sector by ensuring it moves forward quickly.”
Bill 142 heralds significant changes to the Ontario legislative framework for construction, including changes to the Construction Lien Act, introducing new prompt payment and adjudication measures.
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PPO expects Bill 142 will remain a priority over the next few months, attaining royal assent before the legislature adjourns in December.
“The government is taking this issue seriously and, with the help of many concerned stakeholders, has put together a bill that will help increase employment, increase investments in capital, training of apprentices… all while making projects more affordable to owners,” Johnson added.
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