Send a letter to your local government representative and let them know that payment delays in Nova Scotia’s construction industry are unacceptable.
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Learn more about why Nova Scotia needs a prompt payment solution that works for everyone. Take a look at why we need legislation and see what’s been in the news lately. You can also see what the NS Prompt Payment Coalition has done to work with government to come up with a solution.
WHY WE NEED LEGISLATION
Our province needs a prompt payment solution that works for everyone including tradespeople, contractors, government and consumers. While this serious problem is being felt now in our industry, there is a serious risk to Nova Scotia’s competitiveness long-term if we do not take action to fix the issue.
The existing law in Nova Scotia – the Builders Lien Act – is costly, cumbersome, and inaccessible to 65 per cent of the construction industry (small and medium-sized family-owned companies consisting of 50 or fewer employees). It addresses non-payment as opposed to delinquent payment and the lien rights of many in the industry will expire long before they realize they will not get paid.
Over the last three years, one of the NS Prompt Payment Coalition members – the Construction Association of Nova Scotia – surveyed its members three times to solicit their feedback on prompt payment. Here are some highlights from the 2018 survey:
Prompt payment legislation sets out the rights and responsibilities of all parties to a construction project through the establishment of minimum standards for payment, dispute resolution and communication. The Act will set out minimum payment requirements and will have a systematic approach to how money will be released with rights and responsibilities set forth for all parties to a construction project.
If the provincial government enacts legislation, prompt payment will:
Industry is committed to supporting government to enact model legislation that is progressive and responsive. The NS Prompt Payment Coalition is asking the government immediately begin to work with our Coalition to formulate and bring forward legislation before the end of 2018.
The Nova Scotia Prompt Payment Coalition is a province-wide coalition led by the Construction Association of Nova Scotia and includes contractors, unions, suppliers, general contractors, trade contractors, and anyone else who is invested in working to convince the provincial government to enact appropriate payment legislation that would establish minimum norms for payment schedules.
Click on the links below to access various news articles, both locally and across the country, regarding prompt payment.
About NS Prompt Payment
Nova Scotia Prompt Payment Coalition is a province-wide coalition led by the Construction Association of Nova Scotia and includes contractors, unions, suppliers, general contractors, trade contractors, and anyone else who is invested in working to convince the provincial government to enact appropriate payment legislation that would establish minimum norms for payment schedules.
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