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Prompt payment legislation introduced; MHCA to respond

The MHCA will be responding to the proposed Prompt Payment for Construction Act (Bill 28) tabled in the legislature, which is not as comprehensive as provisions previously recommended via amendments to the Builders’ Liens Act.

The Builders’ Liens Act amendments, as recommended by at Manitoba Law Reform Commission review, contemplated a full suite of changes and provisions to deal with the issue of prompt payment on projects to contractors, subcontractors and trades, including ensuring consistency in timeframes associated with payments, adjudication and lien deadlines.

The approach outlined by the Law Reform Commission is consistent with Ontario’s successful implementation and the path being taken in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, MHCA President Chris Lorenc said. “Also, the latest report from B.C. is that they will also pursue Lien Act reform.”

The province is to be commended for moving on the issue of prompt payment, which has been an issue within the construction industry for decades, Lorenc stressed. Prompt payment is a particular concern in large public or private projects that involve multiple layers of companies or individuals contracted to design, manage or perform work, with payment for progress or completion trickling down a chain of parties.

Stand-alone legislation as a prompt payment remedy is untested and will leave Manitoba as an outlier, Lorenc explained. It would be better to present a comprehensive amendment for prompt payment, rather than seeing additional changes or provisions added in years to come.

“We know that with the iterations of the stand-alone bills presented in recent years, and the comprehensive analysis of the issue by the Law Reform Commission, that the building blocks are there for strong legislation that can draw support across the industry and, therefore, stand the test of time,” Lorenc added.

MHCA is working with a number of construction association in its review and response on Bill 28, which was introduced March 16, 2022.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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