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Ontario introduces minimum pay-rate legislation for contractors

April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Legislation to establish minimum pay rates for Ontario private-sector contractors has been introduced. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 46, in Toronto. If passed, the province

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Trade contractors summit held on federal, provincial prompt payment

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Trade contractors and associations from across Canada came together on April 4, 2018 in Toronto, ON to discuss payment legislation. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) Prompt Payment Summit included member presentations on new developments and discussion on

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Changes to Ontario Labour Relations Act could impact worker rights: LiUNA

April 16, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Amendments to Ontario’s Labour Relations Act could see over 4,000 concrete form workers lose bargaining rights, according to the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Changes to the act would allow The Carpenters’ Union to represent other trades in

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After takeover, Aecon could still bid on infrastructure projects, docs suggest

April 11, 2018 Andy Blatchford, Mike Blanchfield and Jordan Press

The Aecon construction firm will likely be allowed to bid on government-funded infrastructure projects even if Ottawa approves a Chinese state-owned company’s controversial proposal to take it over, an internal federal document says. Last October, the CCCC International Holding Ltd.,

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Aecon extends deadline to complete CCCI deal as federal review continues

April 10, 2018 Dan Healing

The deadline for Aecon Group Inc. to complete its sale to a Chinese state-owned business has been extended to July 13 as Ottawacontinues its national security review of the $1.5-billion deal. The Toronto-based construction company and acquirer CCCC International Holding

Builders Lien Act changes are coming and one victim might be the notorious so-called Shimco Lien
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Don’t forget to bring this important tool to your next job

March 12, 2018 Alexander Spraggs

What are the most important tools for a contractor to bring to a jobsite? Hammers? Wrenches? A sturdy pickup truck? … What about builders liens? Builders liens give contractors the leverage they need to turn a job done into a

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Don’t make these 5 mistakes about performance bonds

February 20, 2018 Lindsey von Bloedau and Krista Johanson

Performance bonds are common on construction projects, and so are misconceptions about them. Don’t make the five mistakes listed below. 1. “A bond is an insurance policy” While a bond has some similarities to an insurance policy, they are two

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Saskatchewan, Alberta trade dispute risks investor uncertainty

February 20, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Saskatchewan has lifted its ban on Alberta license plates from government road and building project sites in the province. The decision came 12 hours before an independent panel under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement would strike a rule on

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Share your thoughts: Aecon takeover

February 15, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

The proposed takeover of Canadian construction giant Aecon by state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) has garnered national attention and debate. On-Site has its finger on the pulse for this nation’s contractors – and that’s why we want to hear

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Cabinet orders deeper security review of proposed Chinese takeover of Aecon Group

February 14, 2018 Ross Marowits

Canadian security agencies are voicing their concern about the proposed takeover of Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese state-owned business, prompting Ottawa to order a full national security review of the deal. “Based upon the advice we have received from

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Aecon extends takeover, responds to opposition

February 14, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

A national security review has extended the takeover of Aecon by state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The federal government ordered the review under the Investment Canada Act. The outside date for the acquisition has been pushed to March 30

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PCA raises concerns over Aecon acquisition

February 13, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has called on the federal government to halt the sale of Aecon to state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCC). “We are adding our voice to a growing group of builders, safety and public

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PCA opposes B.C. proposed regulations against pipeline expansion

January 31, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The Progressive Contractors Association (PCA) has stated its support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after British Columbia proposed regulations to restrict shipments of oil sands crude by pipelines and rail cars. The province is also establishing a scientific advisory

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NTCCC supports federal government prompt payment legislation

January 31, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) has announced its support of the federal government’s plan to legislate prompt payment for all federal construction projects. “Trade contractors have been encouraging the government to take action on this initiative for

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Quebec settles lawsuit over Montreal hospitals

January 10, 2018 Ross Marowits

The Quebec government is paying $233 million to settle lawsuits over extra costs related to the construction of two Montreal hospitals, one of which is at the centre of bribery allegations involving a former chief executive of SNC-Lavalin. The province

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What is the holdback anyway?

December 15, 2017 Dirk Laudan

One of the basic elements in builders lien law in British Columbia is the 10 per cent mandatory holdback. Anyone making a payment on account of a construction contract or subcontract is entitled to retain, from those payments, 10 per

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SNC Lavalin reaches agreement to repay Quebec municipalities for contracts

December 11, 2017 The Canadian Press

Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has reached agreement to pay restitution to seven Quebec municipalities for obtaining contracts through questionable means. Neil Bruce, CEO of the Montreal-based engineering and construction firm, says the settlements under the province’s voluntary reimbursement program are “final

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Construction Lien Amendment Act passes second reading

October 5, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

TORONTO – Today, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, passed second reading, with a unanimous vote, at Queen’s Park and it moves to the committee stage for consideration. Bill 142 was introduced this past spring and worked on over

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Contractors and the Law: Breaking up is hard to do

June 20, 2017 Krista Johanson

A recent Ontario court decision illustrates the expected – and unexpected – challenges that arise when one party wishes to end a contractual relationship. In Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. v. Metrolinx, 2017 ONSC 2372, Bombardier had entered into a $770-million contract

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How do changes to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act affect you?

June 5, 2017 Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

TORONTO – On June 1st Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced that the Ontario government is modernizing its Construction Laws following the expert review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act conducted by Bruce Reynolds, leader of BLG’s International Construction Projects Group, and



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