Prompt payment legislation takes important step forward in BC; working group established
By Anthony Capkun
January 25, 2022 – Prompt payment legislation in British Columbia is (fingers crossed) taking a very positive step forward.
According to the Electrical Contractors Association of BC (ECABC), Mechanical Contractors Association of BC (MCABC) and BC Construction Association (BCCA), the provincial government has established an industry working group to accelerate progress on prompt payment legislation.
“We are pleased to see this important piece of legislation continue to move forward, and we will be dedicated in our role as part of this working group to ensure our members’ voices are heard, and that the process moves swiftly and efficiently toward the implementation of this piece of common-sense legislation,” said Deborah Cahill, president, ECABC.
The group is tasked with providing industry expertise and guidance to shape development of legislation specifically for BC, informed by work already underway across Canada, the U.S., and the United Kingdom.
In a joint statement, ECABC, MCABC and BCCA say the urgent creation of the working group can be attributed to a recent series of Town Hall meetings they hosted, were the overwhelming opinion of attendees was to stop waiting and legislate something.
“Our members deserve to always be paid in a timely manner for the work they complete, no matter the market dynamic,” said Kim Barbero, CEO, MCABC. “This has been the basis of our advocacy from the outset, and we will continue to advocate for it as members of this newly established working group. We look forward to working with the Ministry of the Attorney General to advance this work, including how best to ensure it is implemented to help all businesses relying on it throughout BC.”
“We’d like to thank the many members who have played a key role in moving this issue forward. The formation of this working group is key toward getting prompt payment introduced in BC, and there is no time to waste. We hope to see this legislation tabled in the Fall 2022 session,” added Chris Atchison, president & CEO, BCCA.
The working group will be managed by the Ministry of the Attorney General and include industry organizations representing all major stakeholders, as well as BCCA, ECABC, and MCABC. Additional participants will be confirmed and announced shortly.
CLICK HERE to visit ECABC’s Prompt Payment resource page.