General Holdback Chart

Each province has its own holdback requirements, which makes managing construction projects and contracts across provincial borders complex. For easy reference to holdback details across Canada, see the chart below which includes details for the holdback percentage, holdback period, lien registration deadline, and whether there is provision for an early release, for each province and […]

Who Owns That School? The Crown and the Validity of...

Terra Services Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen 2018 NLSC 221 As the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador remains a major driver of local construction and development the issue frequently arises as to whether the protections intended by the Mechanics’ Lien Act (“MLA”) can be extended to these provincial projects.  As a general rule, the […]

Supplier Beware: Appropriate Payments at Your Own Risk

Whether you’re a general contractor, a subcontractor, or a supplier, this decision regarding the application of the Builders’ Lien Act is important for your business.

January 8, 2018

Notice of Delay: Simon says, “I am making a claim.”

Contrary to the perception that lawyers thrive in loopholes, when a dispute arises, the concepts of fair and reasonable are consistent. It is on that basis that most parties are able to work through disputes without commencing litigation.

October 4, 2017

Changing Tides: Enforcement of Termination Provisions

From the employer’s perspective, one of the most beneficial terms in an employment contract is a prescribed notice period in the event of a “without cause” termination.

New Builder’s Lien Amendments & Regulations

Recent amendments to the Builder’s Lien Act and new Builders Lien Regulations, effective June 30, 2017, allow for early release of holdbacks to subcontractors and alter how finishing holdbacks are calculated.

When Standard Form Contracts are Non-Standard

The world of the contract lawyer should never be immune from the press for efficiency; the reliable, predictable and confidently reproducible contract in standard form is the one-size solution to fit most client needs.

Two Remedies for Unpaid Subcontractors: Trusts and Liens

The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, on September 18, 2015 and clarified the interaction between lien claims and statutory trusts upon the filing of a lien bond. The Court found that filing a lien bond to remove a lien from property does not satisfy a contractor’s trust obligations.

April 22, 2014

Beware of Using One Month Per Year of Service “Rule...

One of the questions at the forefront of many employers’ minds when they are considering terminating an employee without cause is how much it is going to cost. Unless there is a written employment contract with an express termination clause, an employer’s obligation is to provide reasonable notice of termination.