News release

Prompt Payments for Construction Industry

Legislation introduced today, March 15, will ensure Nova Scotia’s construction businesses and workers get paid on time for the work they do.

Proposed amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act will establish prompt payment rules so that contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry are paid for their services based on clear timelines set out in regulation.

The legislation will provide the authority for establishing an adjudication process to resolve disputes faster when timelines are not met.

The changes will also establish a rate of interest for payments not made and it will rename the legislation as the Builders’ Lien and Prompt Payment Act.

“The construction industry is important to the economic growth of the province and to the well-being of the people who work in the industry,” said Mark Furey, Justice Minister and Minister responsible for the Builders’ Lien Act. “This legislation and the regulations to be created under it will clearly set out the prompt payment responsibilities of all parties on a construction project.

“It will help companies meet payroll, purchase supplies and cover other expenses in a timely fashion.”

There will be extensive consultation on the regulations before the legislation comes into effect.

Targeted consultations will be held with contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, trade unions, engineers, roadbuilders, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, municipalities, the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and other interested stakeholders beginning in the spring.

“It is important that we hear from all interested parties on the regulations before this legislation is proclaimed,” said Mr. Furey.

The industry association and a coalition of construction trades have said that payment delays have become a problem and that strengthening existing legislation would help address delinquent payments.

“We are extremely pleased that Nova Scotia will bring in legislation that establishes minimum standards and clearly articulates the rights and responsibilities of all parties to a construction project,” said Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “Based on our research, delayed payment is having a growing negative impact on businesses, workers and our economy.”

Two other provinces, Ontario and Saskatchewan, have, or are introducing, prompt payment legislation. Other provinces are actively considering it.

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Legislation introduced today (March 15th) will ensure construction businesses and workers get paid on time for the work they do.

Proposed amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act will establish prompt payment rules and regulated timelines so money flows from owners to contractors to subcontractors and others who have to be paid.

The legislation will provide the authority for establishing an adjudication process to resolve disputes faster when timelines are not met.

The legislation will also establish a rate of interest in the regulations for payments not made.

The construction industry in Nova Scotia employs more than 30,000 workers and generates close to $6 billion in economic activity.

Justice Minister Mark Furey, who is minister responsible for the Builders’ Lien Act, says there will be extensive consultation on the regulations before the legislation comes into effect.

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