On May 11, 2016, Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO), a construction industry group dedicated to reforming Ontario’s system for paying contractors met with legislators at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario.
This issue of prompt payment for the construction industry is important to us at Stouffville Glass as we are committed to providing all construction workers with fair and timely paid cheques for their hard work. There are 400,000 construction workers in Ontario and16% of salaried and hourly employees reported that they have or are receiving late payment. During our discussions with MPPs, some were under the assumption that delayed pay was related to an employee’s poor performance. Unfortunately, the reality is that some contractors use late payment as a leveraging tool to complete projects and fund other projects using their subcontractors’ money.
As the Ontario Glass and Metal Association president and member of PPO, Angelo Cairo and Stouffville Glass were in attendance to support the swift release of the Reynold Report, which contains the findings of the Construction Lien Act review and was submitted to the Ontario government in late April of this year. The hope is that the release of the report will help get Prompt Payment reforms onto the Ontario government’s agenda before Provincial Parliament breaks for the summer.
Prompt Payment Ontario met with Members of Provincial Parliament from all three parties, including the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Dave Levac. Monte McNaughton (PC, Lampton-Kent-Middlesex), with the support of Steven Del Duca, the Minister of Transportation and one of the founders of the original Bill 69, has been spearheading the introduction of the reforms to the Legislature and was planning to create a blue ribbon panel to tour the province and drive legislation forward.
There were 107 seats in the provincial legislator and PPO was able to meet and discuss with 46 MPPs. At the evening reception, Mr. Del Duca, the Official Leader of the Opposition, Patrick Brown and NDP MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, Michael Mantha all spoke in favour of the new legislation.
Throughout the meeting, we demonstrated Prompt Payment Ontario reforms would protect everyone from general contractors and subcontractors to workers and suppliers. We highlighted that the excessive time and money lost from delayed payments also affected losses of tax dollars for publicly funded projects.
There was a lot of positive feedback from the MPPS we spoke with, many who had worked or knew someone who worked in the construction industry. All of the MPPs involved in the discussion at Queen’s Park were in favour of PPO’s position, and they were shocked that a law was even required to ensure construction workers were paid on a timely basis for the hours they worked.
On a personal note, it was great to see a unified voice in the construction industry at Queen’s Park and I feel very rewarded to have represented the Ontario Glass and Metal Association at the Prompt Payment discussions.
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