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Ontario lawyers bracing for building law changes

Ask Bruce Karn what is keeping him busy these days and the senior legal counsel at construction giant EllisDon will say it is the pending changes to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act.

The Ontario government is significantly overhauling the 35-year-old legislation in two phases, he notes. The first phase is modernizing the legislation, which comes into effect on July 1. The second and more significant reform, however, will take place in October 2019.


Canada: What You Need To Know About The July 2018 Amendments To The Ontario Construction Lien Act

On July 1, 2018, the first round of amendments to the Ontario Construction Lien Act – including its new name, the Construction Act – will come into force.

Importantly, this first set of amendments does not include the two most substantial and perhaps, controversial, changes to the Act: (1) the introduction of a prompt payment scheme, and (2) the creation of a mandatory adjudication system for certain disputes. These changes, among others, will not come into force until October 1, 2019.

This post is meant to refresh readers on the amendments coming into force next month on July 1st. Separate posts will follow that will provide practical advice for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors on how to prepare for the new prompt payment and mandatory adjudication regimes before they come into force next year.


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A Cause for Celebration: J. J. McGuire Employee Awards

January 27, 2018, was an evening of celebration for the J.J. McGuire family at the beautiful Grand Prix Track Event Centre at the Canadian Tire Motosport Park where we honoured all of our employees, in particular, those reaching milestones, in service years, with J.J. McGuire.

It’s one of the joys of management to recognize those whose ongoing dedication makes such a difference.

10-year awards went to Lisa Courtney, Paul DeSousa, Elizabeth Huckson, Ansu Konateh, Mike Moreira, Brent Roder and Shelley Welsh.

15-year awards were presented to Paul Henderson and Luigi Marsilio.

The 20-year award was presented to Wayne Surette.

The 25-year award honouree was Christina Moreira.

The stars of the evening were our 30-year award recipients, Jack Huckson and Andy Wojtis.

Everyone’s efforts and hard work are greatly appreciated.

It was an evening of good fun, good food and relaxation.  Best of all, it was in the company of the wonderful people who make up our team.

J. J. McGuire General Contractors