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Ontario’s Construction Lien Act Reform Legislation Unveiled

ECAO 03 08 JUN 2017.jpgOntario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced legislation, Bill 142 – An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act - May 31 that would, if passed, modernize the lien and holdback process, introduce rules to ensure Ontario construction workers get paid more promptly and make the dispute resolution process faster and simpler.


Prompt Payment part of Construction Lien Act Reform

ECAO 02 08 JUN 2017.jpgWith the introduction of Bill 142, ECAO and its industry colleagues reached a significant milestone in achieving its goal of prompt payment for work done properly and on time by its members and other construction sub-contractors. 

Under the proposed prompt payment system, the owner and general contractor on a project would be able to agree to a deadline to submit an invoice. If they do not agree, they would be required to submit invoices on a monthly basis.

Once they receive an invoice, owners would be required to pay general contractors within 28 days. After they receive payment, general contractors would have to pay subcontractors within seven days. Subcontractors would be required to pay other subcontractors within seven days of receiving payment, and so on.

Parties would be free to agree to a timeline for the submission of invoices, before triggering the prompt payment timelines.

In cases where there is a dispute about the amount owed or the quality of the work, owners would be permitted to deliver a notice of non-payment within 14 days of receiving the invoice. Successive payers would be permitted to deliver a notice of non-payment within seven days. Any undisputed amounts must be paid.
Contractors and subcontractors would receive mandatory interest on late payments. They would also be able to suspend work on a project if the matter is heard by an adjudicator and the payer does not comply with the decision.

The expectations for next steps in the process of getting Bill 142 passed include a second reading in the fall followed by committee meetings. It’s hoped the Act will be passed before the next provincial election.

Click here to read Bill 142.

ECAO Annual Industry Conference a Huge Success

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Former Boston Police Chief, Daniel Linskey, addresses the audience at the 2017 ECAO Industry Conference.

The week of May 21-27 saw ECAO members and industry colleagues gather in historic Munich, Germany for what turned out to be one of the best ECAO conferences to date. Highly informative and engaging business sessions with industry experts Dan Leduc (Norton Rose Fulbright LLP) and Mark Casaletto (Construction Market Data Canada) along with motivating and entertaining keynote speakers Nic (The Boss Man) Bittle and former Boston Police Chief, Daniel Linskey, were highlights of the conference. 

Attendees also enjoyed plenty of opportunity to experience the remarkable history of Munich with a variety of group and optional activities including a tour of Dachau, a BMW factory tour and a Nuremburg day tour to name just a few.

Planning is already underway for the 2018 conference which will be held in September.

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Ontario College of Trades Releases New Compliance and Enforcement Policy

As a result of amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (OCTAA) made by Bill 70, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) was mandated to develop, for the first time, a Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The policy has been approved by OCOT and was made public on May 18.

The Policy sets out the general principles that the College intends to follow in relation to compliance and enforcement of OCTAA and its regulations.

For the first time, the College has committed itself to enforcing the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio requirements established under OCTAA.

The Policy also establishes the underground economy as a primary area of risk where enforcement activities should be focussed. It is important to recognize, as the Policy now does, that vigorous College enforcement of sections dealing with this matter is necessary to protect consumers, workers, and the fair functioning of the marketplace.

When employers are allowed to violate the OCTAA they gain an unfair economic advantage over their law-abiding competitors.

Finally, the College has identified the protection of vulnerable workers (including young workers and newcomers to Canada) as an important enforcement priority.

Read the Policy Document.

Changing Workplaces Final Report Released

The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report was released by the provincial government May 22.

It is Ontario's first independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province's Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act.

The report consists of 173 recommendations including those specific to employment standards and labour relations. One recommendation is that the Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act be consolidated under a single Workplace Rights Act.

The government has reviewed the recommendations and will be announcing a formal response stated Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn.

The Boss Man – Nic Bittle – to Speak at ECAO in September

ECAO 05 08JUN2017.jpgAs part of its 2017 Professional Development Series, ECAO is pleased to welcome Nic Bittle on Sept. 28. He will be presenting A FOREMAN’S FIELD GUIDE TO DEVELOPNG YOUR WORKFORCE – What Smart Leaders are doing to Develop Their Workforce.

Nic Bittle is the founder of Work Force Pro and works with contractors that want to prepare and develop their workforce to lead with impact, act like a pro, and perform at their best on a daily basis. Nic is author of three books, Small Business, BIG Mistakes, Perform Like the Boss! & Good Foreman; Bad Foreman.

Cost for each seminar is $525 tax included. Seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited so register today. Visit ECAO website for more information.

New ECAO Website Launched

ECAO’s new website is now live. The new site is easier to navigate, more mobile friendly and has a more modern look. The redesign of the site is part of ECAO’s commitment to continually improve services and amenities for its members. We will continue to modify and update the new website on a daily basis to insure its content is accurate and timely. If you have any feedback please contact

New Phone System at ECAO Means Extensions Changed

A new phone system has been installed at the ECAO office. As a result, phone extensions have changed slightly, adding a “0” to the end of the former extensions. Staff can now be reached at 416-675-3226 and:

Jeff Koller, Executive Director ext. 3110
Jodi Travers, Labour Relations Manager ext. 3140
Dorothy Knapik, Office Assistant ext. 3000
Ania Paliwoda, Senior Office Administrator ext. 3160
Kevin Vallier, Manager, Communications ext. 3130
Lou Stranges, Accounting ext. 3150

ECAO Scholarship – Nominate a Student Today

In recognition of the importance of education and having post-secondary graduates enter into the construction industry, ECAO established a Scholarship Program in 2004. The program provides financial support for deserving students attending recognized post-secondary institutions.

The deadline for applications is July 15. Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

ECAO’s Douglas J.B. Wright Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to July 15

The Douglas J. B. Wright Award pays tribute to individuals who best exemplify the dedication and commitment to the electrical contracting industry as exhibited by Doug Wright through his years of service. 

Submit your nomination by July 15, 2017 to:
The Douglas J. B. Wright Award Committee
c/o Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario
10 Carlson Court, Suite 702, Toronto, ON  M9W 6L2
Fax:  416-675-7736 or email:

Visit the ECAO website for more information and the application form.

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