VICTORIA (May 28, 2019) – While John Horgan continues to put pressure on B.C. builders, especially those who don’t belong to a union, BC Liberal House Leader and MLA for Langley Mary Polak is taking action to protect these workers. Polak introduced the Prompt Payment (Builders Lien) Act to the legislature today to modernize British Columbia’s construction industry and ensure builders are paid on time for their work.
“First and foremost, my goal in putting forward this bill is to ensure those who build our province – contractors, subcontractors, and workers – are paid in a timely fashion,” says Polak. “By setting payment deadlines, we can protect hard-working British Columbians from unexpected and unnecessary financial hardship and minimize payment disputes.”
If passed, this legislation will require owners to pay contractors within 28 days of receiving an invoice, and contractors to pay subcontractors seven days thereafter. Ontario passed similar legislation in 2017 while Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia are currently examining this issue.
“Under John Horgan and the NDP, the building sector has been dealt blow after blow – from misnamed Community Benefits Agreements to 19 new and increased taxes,” says Polak. “This is one area where the NDP can make a meaningful change to support builders. It’s time for John Horgan to step up and bring this legislation to B.C.”