Ottawa Construction Association

The New Construction Act - September 16, 2019

Upcoming Sessions
Sep 16, 2019
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Course Duration

The course duration is approximately 3 hours


OCA Members: $50.00
Non-Members: $100.00


The Construction Lien Act was originally enacted in 1983 providing some measure of protection for companies and individuals supplying labour and materials to construction sites.

The former Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi, announced that the balance of Bill 142, the Construction Lien Act Amendment Act, 2017 (Ontario), which received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017 but has not been fully proclaimed, will be proclaimed and come into force in two stages:

  • all of the substantive changes, regulations and forms, other than those relating to the mandatory prompt payment and adjudication regimes, will be proclaimed and come into force on July 1, 2018; and
  • the prompt payment and adjudication provisions, regulations and forms will be proclaimed and come into force on October 1, 2019 in order to allow sufficient time for the Authorized Nominating Authority to be established, to develop a regime for the certification of adjudicators, and to certify adjudicators.

 This 3-hour seminar will provide an overview of the key features/changes of the following categories of rights and obligations that are now and will be under the new, the Construction Act:

Lien Rights - Holdback:

  • What is a construction lien?
  • Who can lien?
  • Can you lien when doing work for a tenant?
  • Can you lien government property?
  • How do you register a lien?
  • The Basic Holdback
  • Why would you lien?
  • What can you lien?
  • Can you lien a public road or a street?
  • What work can you lien for?
  • What happens after register your lien?
  • Release of Holdback

Trust Obligations:

  • What is a trust?
  • What obligations are there?
  • Personal Liability of Officers, Directors or Controlling Minds
  • What is the trust under the Construction Act?
  • What funds are subject of the trust?

Prompt Payment:

Ontario’s prompt payment provisions will come into force on or after October 1, 2019. The key elements of the new legislation will be outlined including:

  • freedom of contract in respect of invoicing terms (so as to permit a variety of mechanisms such as milestone payments, phase payments, etc.);
  • a 28-day payment period which runs from the delivery of a proper invoice and a 7-day payment period for payment to sub-contractors;
  • certification processes are to take place within the 28-day payment period;
  • evaluation of payment applications and delivery of a notice of non-payment; and
  • interest charges arising from a failure to pay and a right to suspend arising after the failure to pay an adjudicator's decision


Ontario’s adjudication provisions will apply to contract and subcontracts entered into on or after October 1, 2019. The key elements of the new legislation will be outlined including:

  • targeted interim binding adjudication in relation to a defined set of issues focussed on payment disputes;
  • available to all participants in the construction pyramid on projects in both the public and private sectors;
  • adjudicators will have significant experience in the construction industry;
  • there will be a single Authorized Nominating Authority;
  • adjudicators will have considerable discretion in setting procedures; and
  • the total time frame of an adjudication will be 46 days, unless extensions are agreed to.

2019 Speakers

Upcoming Sessions
Sep 16, 2019
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