ONTARIO TO END VACCINE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

In a widely anticipated move, Premier Doug Ford is scrapping the vaccine “passport” program that has been in place in Ontario for the last several months.   “The extraordinary measures that we introduced during this pandemic were always intended as a last resort. I stood at this very podium and promised you that these tools would …

CONTROLLING CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS THROUGH CONTRACTS

The rule of thumb in construction is that one out of every 20 customers will be problematic. The issues could be as simple as a customer not being satisfied with the roof installation or it could involve a dispute regarding payment. Although customer service is always the first line of defense, it is important that …

DAMAGES FOR DELAY

2022 is shaping up to be a mixed bag for the construction industry. The uncertainty and panic surrounding COVID-19 and its ancillary effects are subsiding or largely have already, being replaced with the daunting realization that project delays could be with us for quite some time. In 2020, COVID-19 contributed to suspension of work and …

FINANCING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS – PART ONE

Introduction Anybody who has visited Toronto in the last 10 years will be able to tell you there is one overarching thing they have noticed about the city – lots of construction. It is no different as a construction lawyer practicing in Toronto, where it is impossible not to notice the hundred of builds sprouting …

Supply Chain Issues Linger, Causing Headaches for Canadian Construction Industry

Almost two years into the pandemic, COVID-19’s impact on the construction industry’s supply chain, particularly for equipment and materials manufactured overseas, are still causing major problems. Adding to the supply chain issue is high demand and limited domestic manufacturing capacity resulting in an unprecedented degree of interruption to residential and commercial construction in particule.  From steel to resin to roofing materials, shortages of key materials …

Procurement and Tendering Process: Part Three

The final step in the process of gathering information from bidders is the RFP and is the key document in the procurement process. It outlines the scope of the project in detail, provides evaluation criteria for selecting a successful bidder, typically including a points system; outlines the business and legal issues in the project; provides, …

Could Lumber Prices End a Decades-Old Trade War Between Canada and the U.S.?

American home builders and members of Congress are urging President Biden’s administration to try to strike a deal that could help bring down the cost of critical building materials. Part of the solution could be to finally end a trade dispute over lumber that has lasted since Reagan and Mulroney were in power. Lumber prices …

Construction Reopening in Ontario

There is good news for construction in Ontario. As part of the province’s Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen, all construction projects will be permitted to resume. On Monday, June 7, 2021, the government announced that the province would enter Step One on Friday, June 11, at 12:01 a.m. This decision was made based …

Construction Lawyer Toronto | 10 Highlights From The Canadian Construction Association

On April 19, 2021, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) updated and distributed its COVID-19 Standardized Protocols for All Canadian Construction Sites. These guidelines present best practices for maintaining the health and safety of workers on construction job sites for the duration of the pandemic. If COVID-19 is impacting your business this is the perfect time to …

Ontario Construction Shutdown – A Brief Summary

In another blow to the construction industry in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced sweeping new restrictions last week regarding what types of construction can continue and what must shut down. The permitted construction activities is nearly identical to the list of permitted construction activities as the shut down orders issued in January 2021, with two …