Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 

July 9, 2018

Queens ParkAmendments to the act include new prompt payment rules that will ensure Ontario construction businesses and workers get paid on time for the work they do. Late payment is a common problem in all sectors of the construction industry. Between 2002 and 2013, the average collection period in construction went up from approximately 57 to 71 days.

Key amendments came into force July 1. Additional amendments will come into force on October 1, 2019. These changes aim to modernize the lien and holdback process, help protect creditors and set out a new adjudication process to resolve payment disputes faster.

Among the changes now in effect:

• the deadline to preserve a lien has been extended from 45 to 60 days, from the triggering event for the expiry of liens
• the list of applicable triggering events now includes contract and subcontract “termination”
• the deadline to “perfect” a lien has been extended from 45 to 90 days after the last date that a lien could have been preserved

These changes allow more time for parties to negotiate and apply the act’s new interim adjudication process.

As of October 1, 2019,

• owners must pay the contractors within 28 days of receiving a proper invoice. If there is a dispute over the invoice, the owner must deliver a notice of non-payment to the contractor within 14 days. If only part of the proper invoice is disputed, the undisputed portion must be paid

• contractors who receive payment of a proper invoice must pay subcontractors that were included in the proper invoice within 7 days

• a process for resolving disputes quickly takes effect, in the form of interim adjudication until the Courts or an arbitrator release a decision, or the parties come to a written agreement. To ensure disputes are resolved in a timely fashion, the adjudication provisions have strict timelines. For instance, the adjudicator must release a written decision, with reasons, within 30 days of receiving documentation from the party that requested the adjudication. One party must make payment within 10 days after the decision is communicated. Interest would be applied to any late payments.

To find out more, read the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/S17024


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June 25, 2018

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Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

Jeremy grew up learning about the industry from his father who was an electrical contractor. Jeremy spent his early years helping and watching his father as a contractor and business owner. After high school Jeremy was, like many, not wholly aware of the course he wished to take and so he began an electrical apprenticeship at his father’s company.

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