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What to expect as the implementation of prompt payment in Alberta looms: The final countdown

The Alberta Prompt Payment and Construction Lien Act (the “Act”) is set to be implemented on August 29, 2022. As this date approaches, we have some final notes on what businesses can expect as the Act comes into force. Our...

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Spoliation: Destruction of evidence has litigation consequences

Aside perhaps from perjury, no act serves to threaten the integrity of the judicial process more than the spoliation of evidence. Our adversarial process is designed to tolerate human failings — erring judges can be reversed, uncooperative counsel can be...

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Immigration économique : une solution possible pour pallier la pénurie de main-d’œuvre dans le secteur de la construction

Selon une étude publiée en 2020 par Construforce Canada[1], le secteur de la construction perdra environ 257 000 travailleurs en raison de départs à la retraite d’ici 2029. Bien que l’immigration pourrait être considérée comme un outil essentiel pour combler ce manque...

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Lien everything, and early: The BC Supreme Court clarifies builders lien filing deadlines and apportionment between properties

The recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Frontier Kemper Constructors, Inc v Rio Tinto Alcan Inc[1] clarified the timeline for filing a builders lien when the 45-day deadline falls on a weekend and revisits the limited scope...

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Appel d’offres : incohérences dans les documents de soumission, une erreur couteuse

Tout récemment, dans l’affaire Couillard Construction limitée c. Procureur général du Québec (Ministère des Transports du Québec)[1], la Cour a rappelé l’importance pour un donneur d’ouvrage de rédiger ses documents d’appel d’offres en des termes clairs et d’agir avec précaution...

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What damages can you lien for? PME Inc v Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP (Enerkem Alberta Biofuels GP Inc), 2021 ABQB 889

The decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in PME Inc v Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP (Enerkem Alberta Biofuels GP Inc)[1] considers whether the lien fund or the value of a builders’ lien under the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act,...

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Owners beware: Factoring invoices should not be factored into the major lien fund

In Factors Western Inc. v DCR Inc., 2021 ABCA 433 (“Factors Western“), the main issue that the Alberta Court of Appeal was faced with was determining whether or not an invoice that was factored between a project owner, a general...

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L’importance de la mise en demeure

Dans une décision rendue récemment[1], la Cour supérieure a réitéré l’importance de transmettre une mise en demeure préalablement à l’institution d’un recours en dommages suivant l’exécution fautive de travaux. Faits Dans cette affaire, la Coopérative de solidarité en habitation Carpe...

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The importance of a corporation’s (active and good) corporate status at the time of preserving and perfecting a construction lien

A December 2021 Ontario court decision, 9727868 Canada Inc. (Plug & Play Solutions) v. Deltro Electric Ltd., 2021 ONSC 8182, serves as another chapter in a precautionary tale – there is little, if any, room for fairness or sympathy when...

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Legislative definitions and the relevance of a lien claimant’s status in the prosecution of the construction lien remedy

In an October 2021 Ontario Superior Court decision, Mahendran v. 9660143 Inc. et al. 2021 ONSC 6678, the Court ordered the discharge of a claim for lien in a situation where the lien claimant was held to be an owner...

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