A nation-wide series of industry engagement sessions on prompt payment legislation has concluded and the lawyers working on the project plan to deliver their recommendations to Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on May 1.
Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel law firm, contracted by the federal government to seek input on prompt payment legislation, hosted the sessions in cities across Canada through March.
Firm partners Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel led the consultation process for Ontario’s Bill 142 on construction and prompt payment.
The firm visited Vancouver, BC, Regina, SK, Winnipeg, MB, Yellowknife, NWT, Banff and Calgary, AB, PEI, Saint John, NB, Halifax, NS, St John’s, NL and Montreal, with the concluding meetings in Toronto and Ottawa.
The firm also plans to meet with the National Trade Contractor’s Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) at the group’s summit meeting in early April.
Government, contractor and subcontractor or trade stakeholder representatives participated in the meetings.
The Canadian government has undertaken other prompt payment efforts, including publicly posted payments for construction contracts over $100,000. This effort intends to allow businesses involved in federal construction contracts to inquire about payment status.
The federal government has also reviewed payment terms in federal construction contracts and the Treasury Board’s 30-day mandated payment period.
Alberta, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan are also working on measures to address prompt payment in the construction industry.