Advocacy

Prompt Payment

 

On behalf of mechanical contractors in BC and in collaboration with the BC Construction Association (BCCA) and the Electrical Contractors Association of BC (ECABC), MCABC continues to advocate for Prompt Payment legislation in BC.

Here is our recent collaborative video on #promptpaymentsbc – another one will release shortly!

Your voices have been heard. We are progressing towards Prompt Payment Legislation in BC.

Mechanical and electrical contractors in BC, along with other key trades and sub-contractors in the provincial construction industry, are credited for moving the needle towards Prompt Payment legislation.

A strong show of support was in force at the Oct 28 town hall with the Attorney General’s Office. Co-hosted by MCABC and ECABC and moderated by BCCA President, Chris Atchison, the significant turnout set the stage for the subsequent two days of four additional townhalls co-sponsored by MCABC, ECABC and BCCA. The three provincial organizations have worked hard for several years to bring this issue to the forefront – this year, the renewed commitment was stronger than ever, including significant support from industry associations.

“I’m positioning BC to move,” said Tyler Nyvall, Legal Counsel, Policy and Legislation Division, representing the Attorney General’s Office, noting towards the end of the town hall that he was going update a briefing note to change the perspective going to the executive the following week.

Nyvall confirmed that the government had been awaiting more results from the adjudication process in Ontario where Prompt Payment legislation is in force but the insight provided by industry legal expert and town hall special guest Dan Leduc, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, was not only compelling but provided the answers he needed.  Dan’s background on the Ontario model helped shape the subsequent four townhall sessions.

The release this week (Nov 17) of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services identified Prompt Payment as one of 143 recommendations for the provincial Budget 2022. Thank you BCCA for re-inforcing this message on our behalves.

Read the PPT slides, updated to include Dan’s comments at the MCABC-ECABC town hall, and delivered as part of the four subsequent regional construction sessions.

Recent News

Register Now: Prompt Payment Town Hall with AG’s Office October 28, 2021

Industry Associations Letter to Attorney General Regarding Prompt Payment Legislation, May 2021

BCCA’s Inside Construction Prompt Payment Podcast, April 2021

Letters to the Vancouver Sun: Prompt Payment Legislation in the Construction Industry, December 22, 2020

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