Show me the Money! Timing the Release of Holdback

In Alberta, where a contractor is of the opinion that the work under its contract is substantially performed, the contractor may issue and deliver to the owner a certificate of substantial performance (“CSP”) in respect of the contract. Taking this step allows a contractor to receive payment of the statutory 10% holdback prior to its […] Read More

Bet Your Bottom Dollar – Orphans No More!

By Doug Nishimura, Catriona Otto-Johnston and Andrew Wilkinson Today the Supreme Court of Canada released their decision in Re:  Redwater [2019 SCC 5].  The decision, which overturns decisions of the Alberta Court of Queens Bench and Court of Appeal, has far reaching effect on the treatment of oil companies in insolvency proceedings (bankruptcy, receivership or […] Read More

Do Something! Labour and Material Payment Bonds should be disclosed to claimants

Labour and Material Payment (“L&M”) Bonds are commonly issued in the construction industry to ensure that subcontractors and suppliers working on construction projects get paid. L&M bonds also protect the “obligee”, as named in the bond, from work stoppages and liens being registered. Basically, these bonds contain enforceable promises by a third party, the “surety”, […] Read More
February 16, 2018

Claims for Extra Work and Back Charges: A Tale of Two Trades

A claim for “extras” – a claim for payment work done outside the scope of a contract – is one of the most common issues giving rise to disputes on construction projects. Perhaps equally as common are disputes arising from “back charges” levied by one party against another lower down the contractual chain. In the […] Read More
February 12, 2018

“A rose by any other name? Not so!”: The critical role of “improvement” in the Builders’ Lien Act

Contributors: Sharn Mashiana (articling student), Andrew Wilkinson and Catriona Otto-Johnston

Do you know if the nature of your construction work on a project allows you to register a valid builders’ lien? You might be surprised to hear that not all types of work give rise to lien rights. In order for you to register a [...] Read More