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News » Canada » Alberta constructors move forward with prompt payment plan » published 10 Apr 2018

Alberta constructors move forward with prompt payment plan

Alberta Construction Association (ACA) is to lobby the provincial government to set up an independent review to address the need for prompt payments.

The association’s board has unanimously approved a motion that calls for ACC to: “Advocate the Provincial Government initiate a 3rd party review of the entire project chain including consultants for the construction industry in Alberta”.

ACA has been addressing the prompt pay issue for several years and during that time has worked with owners, members, and other stakeholders to create a number of points of consensus. These include creation of a multi-stakeholder ad hoc committee that led to collaboration with Alberta Infrastructure to introduce contract language concerning payment and progressive release of holdback. ACA has also written public sector owners across Alberta urging their adoption of the Alberta Infrastructure terms. The association continues to promote adoption by other owners, including Alberta Health Services, the University of Alberta and Edmonton Public Schools.

ACA has followed the review and recent passage in Ontario of Bill 142 to include prompt pay in a revised liens act. The Manitoba Law Reform Commission has initiated in 2018 a review of Manitoba liens legislation.  The Saskatchewan Construction Association is advocating for prompt pay legislation. ACA has also responded to the 3rd party review of prompt payment for federal government contracts.

The association will continue to partner with local construction associations to develop workshops to promote the best practices produced through ‘optimizing the payment’ workshops, so that progress can be achieved even while a review is under way.

 

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This article was published on 10 Apr 2018 (last updated on 10 Apr 2018).

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