• Saskatchewan's Prompt Payment Legislation Update

    Prompt Payment was scheduled to come into force on April 1, 2021, however that will not happen now.

    The Minister of Justice continues to consider the best mechanism for handling the Adjudication Authority. This Authority is a necessary component of the legislation as it will be the organization responsible for overseeing the adjudication dispute process.

    As per the Minister’s direction, the SKCA submitted a proposal to create an industry-led, but arm’s length, entity to serve as the Authority. This entity, to be known as the Saskatchewan Construction Dispute Resolution Office (SCDRO) would be governed by a multi-party Governing Committee that would direct its work in accordance with the provincial regulations. Part of the proposal for the SCDRO noted that the entity was likely to lose money every year and would need some source of provincial funding to offset this loss. This idea had long been discussed with previous Ministers of Justice, but no specific dollar amount was known. Any funding proposal in front of the government right now is, understandably, getting lots of scrutiny, and so unfortunately the whole legislation is delayed while the government explores the viability of funding the SCDRO.

    Mark Cooper, MBA, PMP

    President and CEO
    Saskatchewan Construction Association