Striking the Balance: Expert Review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act

On September 26th, following a 14-month process, which included legal research, 30 consultation meetings with over 60 industry stakeholders (including the OBA’s Construction & Infrastructure Law Section), and an Advisory Group process, the Ministry of the Attorney General released Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel’s expert report – Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Ontario’s Construction Lien Act.  The report is some 300 pages and aims to maintain and modernize the lien/holdback remedy; introduce a made-in-Ontario promptness of payment regime; and introduce targeted adjudication to enhance the efficiency of dispute resolution throughout the Ontario Construction Industry.

The link below contains the 12-page summary of the 100 recommendations made by the Review.