By Anthony Capkun
September 5, 2017 – The Senate of Canada unanimously passed Bill S-224 “Canada Prompt Payment Act” yet, according to National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) chair John Galt, “Our organization has heard some common pushbacks that miss the point about where the real problems exist”.
Construction contractors are strongly encouraged to contact their MPs using the Example Letter below (PDF download) to help Bill S-224 become reality.
“This legislation is incredibly important to a sector that employs 1.2 million Canadians,” writes Galt in the Example Letter. “Payment delays currently lead to layoffs, fewer investments in capital, fewer competitive bids on projects, fewer apprentices trained and hired, and bankruptcies in the worst cases.”
The Example Letter also contains an Appendix addressing myths and misconceptions regarding prompt payment.
Remember! Customize the Example Letter for your own MP.
* Thanks ECA of Alberta and Terry Milot, ECAA provincial legislation chair and chair of Alberta Trade Contractors Coalition, for sharing this information news via ECAA’s “The Spark” newsletter, September 2017).
* Centre Block, Parliament Hill (Ottawa) photo by Saffron Blaze.
* This article also appears in the October 2017 edition of Electrical Business Magazine. Check out our ARCHIVE page for back issues.