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02AC - Construction Lien Act

25 May 2018 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

Course Outline

Part 1 (“Construction Lien Act”) looks at the Construction Lien Act and outlines the purpose of the legislation, how lien legislation relates to the architect’s responsibilities, costs, claims and the lien rights of architects. Part 2 (“Implications for Architectural Practices”) looks at the practical implications of the Construction Lien Act related to the normal administration and payment certification of standard construction contracts.

Course Objectives

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • prepare a diagram of the traditional ‘construction pyramid;’
  • describe who is eligible to benefit from the Construction Lien Act;
  • identify when, and how, to issue a certificate of substantial performance and a statement of completion;
  • explain when the lien period commences and expires for contractors and subcontractors;
  • outline the process of registering a lien;
  • differentiate the following procedures (and describe the consequences of each):

- Notice of Lien;
- Preservation of a Lien;
- Perfection of a Lien;

  • explain at least five actions that might be taken when a lien is claimed;
  • describe how the certification of substantial performance relates to the warranty period in a Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) contract;
  • describe how the lien rights of an architect differ as an architect engaged as a prime consultant by the client and as a sub-consultant to the prime consultant; and
  • understand the various office processes of an architectural practice that are required of the payment certifier on a construction contract related to the Construction Lien Act.

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Glenn Ackerley

Glenn Ackerley is a partner with the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP.  With almost 30 years of experience, Glenn practices exclusively in the area of construction law, representing clients from across the construction industry—including public and private owners, contractors, trades, suppliers, and design consultants. He advises on project structures, construction and consultant contracts, procurement issues, and risk-avoidance strategies, often in the role of “project lawyer”.  When disputes arise, Glenn acts for clients in construction lien and trust claims, bond claims, and construction deficiency and delay claims.  Glenn is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and has been recognized as a leading construction law practitioner in both the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is active in the construction industry, having been Chair of the Board of the Toronto Construction Association, and is now serving on the Board of the Canadian Construction Association.