CCA submission on federal payment legislation

As you are aware, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has advocated for a consultative process prior to finalizing legislation on federal payment. The government agreed to run this process through the services of the Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel law firm, albeit under very short timelines. The four sectors councils that represent CCA’s membership – trade contractors, general contractors, civil infrastructure and manufacturers, suppliers & services – together with the chair of the federal payment taskforce, discussed the submission with their committees in Banff and prepared a submission. 


While time did not permit broad consultation with our membership at large, it was agreed that CCA endorses the balance achieved in Ontario’s new Construction Act. As the only current example in Canada of payment legislation that has, at least in its local market, achieved consensus among industry stakeholders and government, we believe that, to the extent possible, federal legislation governing payment in the construction industry should be aligned with the principles and mechanisms in the Ontario Construction Act.

Further, there is economic benefit to both industry and government in creating alignment in legislation and regulation between federal and provincial jurisdictions. A largely common set of rules across jurisdictions reduces risk for industry, reduces costs associated with training and compliance and enables competition across Canada on a level playing field.

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September 07, 2018

Port Alberni Awards Largest Construction Contract in Municipal History

On September 4, 2018, Council for the City of Port Alberni unanimously passed a motion to award the main construction contract for the upcoming Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades project to Tritech Group for $17,128,429.53 plus GST - the largest construction contract awarded in the City of Port Alberni’s history.
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August 24, 2018

New BC Building and Plumbing Code

The new BC Building and Plumbing Code will be effective December 10, 2018 and will apply to building permits applied for on or after that date. The BC Fire Code is anticipated to be adopted in the fall of 2018 and effective December 10, 2018. Buildings with permits in place under the previous 2012 BC Building Code will generally not be affected by the adoption of the new code.
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July 27, 2018

REPOST: Pattullo Procurement Strategy Takes BC Construction a Bridge Too Far

The new Pattullo Bridge Community Benefits Agreement patently illustrates what is unfair with our current government’s policy decision to mandate the nature and extent of procurement requirements in major public construction projects. For BCCA, an association that hinges its principles on fair, open and transparent procurement practices, this agreement is taking public policy in construction tendering a bridge too far.
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July 23, 2018

[Op-Ed] Dana Taylor: B.C. needs prompt-payment legislation for contractors

When was the last time you bought groceries and told Save-On Foods that they would have to wait a couple of months before you would pay them? It would never fly. Trade contractors in British Columbia — those who build the structures in which you live, work, play and study — must also pay their expenses on time. But to get paid for their completed work, they must routinely wait and wait and wait.
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