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Saskatchewan construction industry pushing for prompt payment legislation

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Saskatchewan’s construction industry advocate is pushing for the province to introduce legislation that would set measures around when companies get paid for completed work.

Mark Cooper, the president of the Saskatchewan Construction Association, said it is common practice for construction companies not to get paid at the time they complete their work.

Canadian businesses in the industry wait an average of 72 days to get paid for jobs they’ve finished, according to Cooper.

“That certainty contrasts with picking up your groceries at the grocery store, buying a new car,” Cooper said.

“What we’re saying is it’s time the construction industry be treated like all of these other industries and be paid promptly for work when they’ve completed it.”

Cooper and others hope Saskatchewan’s government introduces and passes prompt payment laws that would set a timeline around when contractors must be paid, establish a dispute process and apply interest to late payments.

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