TORONTO — The Ontario legislature has given Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, unanimous second reading approval, sending the bill that would introduce a new prompt payment regime in the province to the committee stage for consideration.
After the vote, the lobby group Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) issued a statement supporting the legislation.
"Representatives of Prompt Payment Ontario expect that Bill 142 will remain a high priority over the next few months, ultimately attaining royal assent before the legislature adjourns in December," the statement indicated.
"With an upcoming provincial election in the spring, staying focused and committed to making prompt payment legislation a reality in Ontario will be essential."
Bill 142 was introduced in the spring.
Besides introducing prompt payment measures and reforms to the Construction Lien Act, the bill also recommends adjudication procedures to resolve payment disputes.