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Advocacy

WCA is consistently advocating on behalf of the ICI construction industry with all three levels of government. Have an issue you’d like more information on, or are you concerned about something going on in the industry? Get in touch with us here.

Here are just a few of the files we’re currently working on:
 

Prompt Payment Legislation for Manitoba

Prompt Payment legislation for the construction industry is coming to Manitoba. 

Ontario has been leading the way in this area with their legislation being passed in late 2017.  In Manitoba, there are currently two streams of work in this area.  In the past two years there has been two Private Member’s Bills introduced into the Legislature but have not reached Royal Assent.  We are working with industry partners to make Prompt Payment a reality for Manitoba Construction.

The purpose of the legislation will be to ensure that Owners are required to pay contractors in a set amount of time and then the Contractors will be required to pay the sub-contractors in a certain amount of time.

The exact time frames, dispute resolution process and available recourse for all members of the industry are all issues that are areas to be determined in this quickly evolving policy issue.
 

Limitations of Actions Act

The Limitations of Actions Act sets the maximum length of time a customer of a service has to bring an action against a provider of a service.  Currently the Actions Limitation timeframes in Manitoba are much longer than other provinces in Canada.

ProvinceBasic Limitation Periods (yrs)Ultimate Limitation Period (yrs)
Alberta210
B.C.215
Ontario215
Manitoba2/6/1030
Saskatchewan215

A much longer time period in Manitoba causes higher insurance costs in the industry, increased risk of stale and unfair claims and places Manitoba at a competitive disadvantage to other provinces.

The WCA is working with other partners in the industry for there to be a considerable review of the Act to bring the limitation period closer in line with other provinces. In October 2020 an Amendment Bill has received First Reading to bring changes to the Act and we look forward to this Bill being progressed to Royal Assent.