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Is Your Lien Up to Code? B.C. Court Decisions Provide Clarity on Application of Builders Lien Act

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently released two decisions regarding the application of the Builders Lien Act (Act), providing clarity on limitation periods for filing a lien claim and the circumstances where...more

Planning for Construction Success

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Key Contractual Considerations for Owners - Regardless of project size or scope, a comprehensive and tailor-made written construction contract provides the foundation for success. At a project's outset, it is also...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES: Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. v. Able Eavestroughing Ltd., 2017...

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V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES - A. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench finds CRA entitled to priority to “earned but unpaid” contract funds held by obligee (over the surety who had paid out labour and material payment bond claims...more

Dramatic change ahead for the Ontario construction industry

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With the summer months behind us, the fall season in the construction industry will include the next steps in passing Bill 142, also known as the Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act. If implemented, Bill 142 will...more

Ontario Court Upholds Ruling Reducing Exaggerated Lien

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) recently released its decision in HMI Construction Inc. v. Index Energy Mills Road Corp., upholding a motion decision that reduces the security required to vacate liens...more

Ontario's Construction Lien Act reform Modernization of old tools to secure payment

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On Wednesday May 31, 2017, Bill 142 An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act (Bill 142) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The changes incorporate the recommendations of a broad range of stakeholders...more

Lien on Me: B.C. Court Cancels Builder’s Lien Due to Procedural Misstep

In Scandia Paving Ltd. v. Bengag (Scandia Paving), the Supreme Court of British Columbia (Court) cancelled the plaintiff’s builder’s lien because the plaintiff commenced its enforcement action in the wrong court registry. The...more

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Clarifies Priority Rules for Builders' Liens Arising in Connection with the Recovery of Minerals

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The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently released a landmark decision National Bank of Canada v KNC Holdings Ltd, 2017 SKCA 57 (National Bank) which will significantly affect the priority ranking of certain Saskatchewan...more

Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Construction Lien Act

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On May 31, 2017, Bill 142—An Act to amend the Construction Lien Act (the “Act”) — was carried through a first reading by the Ontario Legislative Assembly. If passed, the proposed amendments to the Construction Lien Act would...more

Lien bonds and statutory trusts: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43

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In December 2010, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (Dominion) was hired to act as general contractor to construct a football stadium at the University of Manitoba. Dominion entered into a subcontract with Structal...more

Construction Lien Act reform and promptness of payment

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On September 26, 2016, an expert review report titled, "Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario's Construction Lien Act" (the Report) released findings on the problems associated with delinquent payments and the...more

Builders' lien trusts in a bankruptcy - Iona Contractors Ltd v Guarantee Company of North America, 2015 ABCA 240

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In 2009, the Calgary Airport Authority (CAA) entered into a construction agreement with Iona Contractors Ltd. for Iona to improve CAA’s north airfield. By October 2010, the work was substantially complete; however CAA...more

A Little Clarity or More Lien Challenges? Lien Claims Before and After Certificate of Substantial Performance in Alberta

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The recent Master’s decision in Chandos Construction Ltd v Twin Peaks Construction Ltd, 2016 ABQB 296 determined an issue under the Builders’ Lien Act (Alberta) (BLA) which, surprisingly, had never been specifically addressed...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: V. Surety and Bond Issues: The relationship between trust and lien claims under Provincial...

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Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, 2015 SCC 43, per Rothstein, J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. (“Dominion”) was the general contractor of a football...more

Alberta Decision May Make Builders’ Lien Filing Deadline Less Certain, More Litigated

In Boulevard Real Estate Equities Ltd. v. 1851514 Alberta Ltd. (Boulevard Real Estate Equities), a master of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that if an owner makes a representation to a contractor that causes the...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Finds That Certificate of Lis Pendens to Perfect Builders’ Lien May Not Be Required

In a recent decision, TRG Developments Corp. v. Kee Installations Ltd. (TRG Developments), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) was required to determine whether the failure to register a certificate of lis pendens (CLP)...more

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