TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's unionized industrial,
commercial and institutional construction industry is joining other
voices in Ontario construction in supporting MPP Steven Del Duca's
Private Member's Bill 69, the Prompt Payment Act. The Bill awaits review by the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee
on Regulations and Private Bills.
"Contractors and workers in the unionized ICI construction sector
support this legislation because late payments are a drag on the
construction industry, and the economy as a whole," said Sean W.
Strickland, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Construction
The Prompt Payment Act would be the first legislation in Canada to
address, for all contractors, the issue of timely payment for work that
is completed and approved. It would also put all players in the Ontario
construction industry on a level playing field when it comes to getting
paid in a timely manner. These changes will reduce risk, allowing for
better business decisions, higher levels of investment and employment,
to deliver benefits throughout Ontario's economy.
Many member organizations of the Ontario Construction Secretariat have
been involved from the outset in discussions to develop the Prompt
"Contractors who have upheld their end of the bargain in a construction
project should be able to expect timely payment, so they can put people
to work on the next project," adds Mr. Strickland. "Late payments in
construction aren't only harmful to our industry and the economy, but
they have a very real negative impact on workers and their families, by
lowering employment and investment in training."
About the Ontario Construction Secretariat:
The Ontario Construction Secretariat was formed in 1993 as a joint
labour/management organization representing 25 unionized construction
trades and their contractor partners in Ontario's Industrial,
Commercial and Institutional construction sector. The OCS is a
respected organization that undertakes research that enhances the
well-being of the industry, and provides advice and guidance on public
policy matters related to the industry.
SOURCE: Ontario Construction Secretariat
For further information:
Ontario Construction Secretariat