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by Journal Of Commerce

It was a breath of fresh air to read in the article referenced above Graham Construction's Jason Glue's comment regarding prompt payment legislation: "I think it moves the risk to where it should be - the front end and not the back end."

Letter to the Editor

To the editor Re: VRCA general and trade contractor joint panel discussion

It was a breath of fresh air to read in the article referenced above Graham Construction's Jason Glue's comment regarding prompt payment legislation: "I think it moves the risk to where it should be - the front end and not the back end."

This is exactly the intent of such a law.

Those of us at the Council of Construction Trades Associations (COCTA), who have been monitoring and supporting this movement across Canada for the past three or four years have been saying this since the idea of introducing Prompt Payment legislation in Canada was first conceived by the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada more than five years ago.

While we have all been watching progress of the government’s private member bill in Ontario for instruction, it’s safe to say the idea is very much alive across Canada with active committees in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec as well as here in B.C.

COCTA members in B.C. have been actively canvassing MLAs and ministers for the past year, distributing information on the Ontario example, including an economic study that supports the case for the legislation. 

COCTA itself has been meeting regularly both to develop strategy and co-ordinate the government relations effort. 

COCTA has met with NTCCC in conjunction with the B.C. Construction Association to cement a united front. 

A recent presentation to the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association board elaborated on the current state of an industry-wide effort to  move this legislation forward. While lobbying the government is indeed the essential requirement for legislation, consultation within the industry has been our priority.

Increasingly as more groups come aboard, we will move together towards legislation.

Dana Taylor,

executive vice president & CEO

Mechanical Contractors Association of B.C.

interim chair of COCTA

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