OSPE’s recommendations included in new Construction Act taking effect Oct 1, 2019

Following years of consultation with OSPE, today the Government of Ontario’s changes to the Construction Act regarding new prompt payments and adjudication processes, and amendments related to liens against municipalities came into effect.

OSPE has worked directly with government for years through the Construction Lien Act review process to inform the creation of this new legislation, effectively communicating how prompt payment, holdback and dispute resolution practice stood to negatively impact 400,000 Ontarians working in the construction industry, including professional engineers.

OSPE’s Infrastructure Task Force pushed for the establishment of trust accounts for lien holdbacks, fair and timely payment terms for services completed without dispute, and early arbitration when disputes arise.

“OSPE exists so that members can come together to advocate for real change on issues that impact the engineering profession, the industries they work in and ultimately all Ontarians. We look forward to continuing to work with government to ensure the voice of engineers is heard” said OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza.

Click here to review a full description of the legislation changesor click here for Corestone Law’s breakdown of what the changes to the Act will mean. 

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