Prompt Payment


As someone involved in the construction industry, you know that payment delays have serious and negative effects on your business and the efficiency of Canada’s construction sector. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) has been fighting payment delays for years and incredible progress was made in 2016 through 2017 – now we need your help! Bill S-224, pills the Canada Prompt Payment Act has just passed through the Senate and is now in the House of Commons for deliberation. We are asking all of our constituent members and your colleagues in the construction industry to ‘use NTCCC’s letter tool’ (below) to send a message of support to Senators in your home province. Please click on the following link to send your letter and let the government know how important it is to solve the issue of delayed payments in Canada. Thank you in advance for your prompt action.

Étant impliqué dans l’industrie de la construction, more about vous savez que les retards de paiement ont des effets graves et négatifs sur votre entreprise de même que sur l’efficacité du secteur de la construction au Canada. National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) pour lutter contre les retards de paiement pendant des années. Nous avons fait des progrès incroyables en 2016, mais nous avons maintenant besoin de votre aide. Le projet de loi S-224, ou Loi sur les paiements effectués dans le cadre des contrats de construction est à une étape cruciale au Sénat canadien. NTCCC pour envoyer un message de soutien aux sénateurs de leur province.  Cliquez sur le lien pour envoyer votre lettre et faire savoir au gouvernement combien il est important de résoudre la question des retards de paiement au Canada.

Nous vous remercions d’avance de votre action rapide.


Ottawa, ON (March 2018) – The National Trade Contractor Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) has submitted the below document to the Expert Review of Prompt Payment and Adjudication on Federal Construction Contracts.



Winnipeg, MB (April 11, 2018) – Today, Manitoba Prompt Payment (MBPP), a coalition of 29 Construction Unions and Associations throughout the province, welcomes the introduction of a Provincial Bill introducing Prompt Payment legislation. The Prompt Payments in the Construction Industry Act, and the coalition expects this legislation to find strong support across party lines. Read more.


Toronto, ON (December 5, 2017) – Today, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, was passed with a unanimous vote at Queen’s Park, and marks a pivotal moment wherein the rights and securities of Ontario’s workers will now be held to a much higher standard.  This is the first legislation of its kind in Canada and hopefully will serve as a guide for the rest of the country looking to put forth their own legislation that will protect the financial security of Canadians from coast to coast. Read more.


May 5th, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Canada’s construction community is applauding the Senate of Canada for passing Bill S-224, The Canada Prompt Payment Act, at third reading. After a debate in the chamber and careful consideration at the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce the bill was passed. It will now go to the House of Commons for consideration! Read more.


Bill S-224, The Canada Prompt Payment Act, was introduced in the Senate over 11 months ago. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has taken no public position on the legislation. It is clear to Canada’s trade contractors and suppliers that, while a piece of legislation has been tabled that would solve the issue of payment delays with the federal government, it is irresponsible for CCA to stay on the sidelines. Continuing to make progress toward changes that have no force and effect is the definition of futility… Read more.


NTCCC has been working hard over the past few years to bring into existence Prompt Payment Legislation. Having garnered support from all three major parties, Senator Donald Plett introduced Bill S-224, otherwise known as the Prompt Payment Bill. It was introduced into the Senate on April 13, 2016, and on Monday, November 28, 2016, it passed second reading. The next steps are being reviewed by committee then to third reading and finally, royal ascension.

The Bill requires all federal contracts for construction projects to include a prompt payment clause. This would require federal government owners and contractors to make payments on-time for work that has been completed and that is not in dispute. Without costing the government anything extra, this would be a positive stimulus to the construction industry and would have the positive, long-term effect of inviting more competitive bids and more affordable projects overall.

Other countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the United States (including 49 of 50 states) have eliminated delay issues by implementing prompt payment legislation. Canada has not!

The entire membership of the NTCCC strongly supports the need to eliminate payment delays for completed work and is diligently working with all levels of government to initiate protocols to ensure contractors get paid for the work they have successfully completed.

Bill S-224: The Prompt Payment Bill – Click here to view or download the Bill
Economic Impact Study – Economic Impact Analysis – Click here to download
Position Paper (English) – Click here to download the NTCCC Position Paper on Prompt Payment
Position Paper (French) – Click here to download the NTCCC Position Paper on Prompt Payment

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The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) represents tens of thousands of tradespeople and thousands of small businesses from coast-to-coast-to-coast, all who have been affected by ‘delayed payments’. Delayed payments are a harmful practice in Canada’s construction industry. They are a significant problem for small businesses, their employees and families, and taxpayers. This issue has led to layoffs, bankruptcies, higher construction costs and fewer competitive bids in the construction sector, which has driven up prices for consumers, governments, and taxpayers.