The Construction Lien Act Committee dates from 1983 when COCA first undertook the challenge of establishing the legislation.
The Committee is charged with redeveloping industry consensus and re-introducing reform proposals to the Ministry of the Attorney General, ensuring the Ministry follows through on promises to introduce legislation and pass into law.
A lot of progress has been made this past year as COCA continues to try and affect amendments to the Construction Lien Act that will ensure contractors always have either timely payment for services provided or their lien rights.
The Lien Act Committee has met a number of times and COCA staff and volunteers are meeting regularly with the Attorney General's office.
Through early efforts with the Ontario Bar Association, COCA has been able to facilitate broad industry-wide consensus in principle to a number of proposed amendments to the Act with other construction industry associations, including:
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Allied Trades
- Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
COCA continues to meet with the opposition parties at Queen's Park in efforts to ensure their support as well.
To support these grassroots efforts in late 2008 COCA engaged outside government relations counsel to assist in facilitating an effective "top-down" advocacy program to engage and educate senior members of the government of the urgent need for reform to the Act.