Construction Law Update - Suspension Period Lifted for Construction Liens and the Release of Holdback
On March 20, 2020, the Province of Ontario filed an order in council under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act effectively suspending until further notice all statutory limitation periods, including the limitation periods to preserve and perfect construction liens retroactive to March 16, 2020. However, the inclusion of construction liens in the suspension order proved highly problematic.
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Ontario's Construction Industry - Still Open For Business?
On Friday April 3, 2020, the Provincial government announced it would be reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and order more businesses to close. The government's announcement included a significant change to the construction sector. While most of the industry was deemed an "essential service" by the Province just a few weeks ago, this most recent announcement requires all construction activities to cease, subject to certain key exceptions.