June 24, 2019
[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]
Trade Contractors Celebrate Passing of Federal Prompt Payment Law
The Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act was signed into law on June 21st, 2019
June 21st, 2019 — OTTAWA
Canada’s trade contractors are celebrating the passage of Canada’s first federal prompt payment law.
This afternoon in Ottawa, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of
Canada gave royal assent to Bill C-97, the Budget Implementation Act, 2019. The bill contained the
Prompt Payment for Construction Work Act which lays the foundation for prompt payments
throughout the construction chain on construction projects procured by the federal government.
“We have been working on this issue for well over a decade and are very happy today,” said Sandra
Skivsky, Chair of the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC). “Prompt payment is
crucial to the efficiency of all construction work throughout the sector, on jobs big and small.”
NTCCC has been spearheading the initiative to have federal prompt payment adopted, and its
members have been instrumental in work to have legislation passed in provincial legislatures over
“We wish to commend all partners in government, including the Minister of Public Services and
Procurement Canada, Minister of Finance, and our champions in the House of Commons and the
Senate, the Hon. Judy Sgro, Parliamentary Secretary Steven MacKinnon, and Senator Don Plett for
the incredible work they have done to get us to this point,” Skivsky added.
NTCCC is also grateful for the participation of other stakeholders, and for the tireless work of civil
servants and political staff who recognized the importance of small businesses getting paid on time
for work that has been certified and completed.
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