Bruce Reynolds has asked for an additional 30 day extension for the Construction Lien Act (CLA) Review report to the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
The review originally was to be complete by Dec. 31, but Reynolds has asked for an extension to April 30.
Reynolds indicates the reviewers requested the additional time to schedule two additional meetings with the Subject Matter Advisory Group, organized to provide advice to the review about legal issues.
“Over the course of several highly productive meetings with the Advisory Group, several members of the group suggested to us that additional Advisory Group meetings would allow the process we have begun to be properly completed,” he wrote in a mid-March letter to industry stakeholders.
Reynolds has consulted extensively with the industry, meeting with more than 30 delegations, and receiving voluminous reports and recommendations.
The review’s mandate is to look at how the industry has evolved since the CLA’s introduction in 1983. It results from a concerted lobbying effort by several associations representing subtrades and other interested stakeholders under the Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) umbrella, and its initiative to push through a private members’ bill to mandate prompt payment legislation. Some owners an industry groups objected to the proposed legislation, saying it would have unintended negative consequences.