• The Future is Almost Here

    Prompt Payment

    This week Global News reported that some sub-contractors working at the Chinook Power Station claim they have gone months without being paid for completed work.

    This is precisely the type of situation that prompt payment legislation is designed to address. Sub-contractors shouldn’t be held hostage in disputes that don’t relate to their scope of work. Without a prompt payment remedy, these sub-contractors have no effective or quick method to challenge non-payment. This often means contractors must continue to work without being paid or be in breach of contract. Thankfully this will no longer be the case once prompt payment legislation is in force by this time next year.

    If you believe in the importance of prompt payment, and you believe that no segment of construction should be exempt from prompt payment rules – then you should take a few minutes to tell the Government of Saskatchewan that. They’re asking for feedback now via this consultation document.

    I want you to pay specific attention to Question #3 and Question #6. Question #3 asks which sectors may require an extended payment period – as in, who needs more than a month to pay their bills once a proper invoice is submitted? We believe the answer should be that NO SECTOR requires an extended payment period. Question #6 asks which sectors or individuals should be exempt from prompt payment rules? We believe the answer should be NO ONE should be exempt.

    If you agree with our position, please email and share your perspective. Make sure your email references the Prompt Payment consultation and be specific about which questions you’re answering.

    If you do send an email response, please let us know by also emailing to confirm.
    It’s bizarre that we need to keep making the case about exemptions within this legislation but, at the end of the day, there are a lot of people that would prefer not to be compelled to pay their bills. Let’s make sure the voices of the people they’re not paying are heard.

    Growth Plan

    Last month we asked you for your input regarding the growth priorities for Saskatchewan over the next decade. This was in response to the Government of Saskatchewan’s request for support in building the next provincial economic growth plan.

    We got feedback from both members and partners. We collated that information and prepared a response that focused on ensuring growth and investor confidence – both of which create construction demand and opportunity. You can review our submission here.

    Our submission focused on three priorities:

    1. Investment attraction and retention;
    2. Competitiveness; and
    3. Supplier development.

    For each priority, we made a series of recommendations that were designed to support Saskatchewan’s economic growth and be minimally challenging for the government to introduce. We focused on ideas that don’t cost much in terms of new money, and that can be implemented quickly.

    Our goal was to make sure that the industries that drive economic success in Saskatchewan: mining; oil and gas; manufacturing; agriculture and agri-value have access to competitive tax and regulatory environments with sufficient new investment to stimulate and sustain growth. Meanwhile, we want to make sure that it is Saskatchewan companies that can prosper from the opportunities that this growth brings.

    We look forward to continued discussion with the government in the coming weeks about their new growth plan. We will make sure that the perspective of the construction industry is acknowledged in the development of this plan.

    If you have ideas or thoughts on what the government can be doing to support growth in Saskatchewan, let us know.

    Saskatchewan has a bright future - but we've got work to do to make sure our province and our industry meet their potential.

    Mark Cooper, MBA, PMP

    President and CEO
    Saskatchewan Construction Association