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Prompt Payment Legislation in Canada

Last October, Ontario reformed the Construction Act (formerly the Construction Lien Act) by introducing a new prompt payment and adjudication regime in the province. These changes were the final step in a three-year legislative process, the culmination of an effort to reduce payment delays in the construction industry. Alberta is enacting similar measures – that […]

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Government of Ontario Introduces Massive Infrastructure Spending Bill

In a press release issued last week, Doug Ford’s government introduced a proposed spending bill that would accelerate the construction of key infrastructure projects throughout the province. The Ontario Rebuilding and Recovery Act is aimed at supporting the building of better-connected highways and transit networks, along with the building of more affordable housing. Premier Ford […]

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HVAC Professionals: Controlling Customer Expectations Through Contracts

The rule of thumb in construction is that one out of every 20 customers will be problematic.  The issues could be as simple as a customer not being satisfied with the performance of the HVAC system or it could involve a dispute regarding payment.  Although customer service is always the first line of defense, it […]

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5G: Game-Changing Technology for Construction Projects

What is 5G? 5G is the 5th generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks enabling a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together, including machines, objects, and devices. 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak […]

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Ontario – Record Number of Labour Inspectors Being Deployed

The government of Ontario recently announced that there will be a record increase in frontline health and safety inspectors. These inspectors will be tasked with ensuring that workplaces throughout Ontario are adhering to both normal health and safety laws, like the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and new government regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 […]

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3 Provisions to Include in Your Residential Roofing Contract

A contract can be a roofer’s best friend because it will contain terms that will assist the roofer in collecting money or defending claims. Although this article will not discuss all the provisions needed in a good residential roofing contract, it will focus on three important provisions that every residential roofing contract should include. 1. Notice […]

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Appels d’offre au BSDQ : le plus bas soumissionnaire conforme se voit octroyé le contrat, mais ne se présente jamais au chantier. Que faire?

Une décision intéressante a été rendue cet été en matière d’attribution de contrats selon les règles du Bureau des soumissions déposés du Québec (BSDQ). Le 26 juin 2020, dans l’affaire Construction Intégral MT inc. c. 4198191 Canada inc., la Cour supérieure du Québec s’est penchée sur la question de savoir si l’entrepreneur général a l’obligation […]

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Alberta’s New Green Initiative Aimed to Encourage Construction Innovation

Good news for contractors in the Alberta construction industry – a new initiative is helping fund new construction technologies, products, and methods to aid in greener, more energy-efficient buildings. The even better news is that the results of this initiative will be publicly available for all to use. A not-for-profit group called the Smart Sustainable […]

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Three Things to Know for Safety During Stage 3 in Ontario

With Stage 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic re-opening now into its second month in Ontario, there are key items construction businesses of all kinds need to be both aware of and execute. Below, we provide a brief synopsis of things to keep in mind when formulating your plan for the months ahead. 1. Protocol There […]

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Effective Construction Mediation

For those in the construction industry that have participated in pre-claim, court-ordered mediation, the process can be a frustrating experience.  However, there are many benefits to mediating construction disputes.  The purpose of this article is to identify the benefits of construction mediation and provide some guidelines for making the mediation process effective. Clients often confuse […]

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