Regulations

zero emissions

The path to zero emissions buildings

By 2030, all new construction in Vancouver will be zero emissions buildings. The path there is set out in the Zero Emissions Building Plan.
registration lien

Pending registration lien frustration

A new land titles registration process is causing grief for all those involved with builders’ liens by creating a pending registration queue.
closure safety plans

Are your COVID safety plans good enough?

A construction site closure can happen even with the best COVID precautions and safety plans in place. Vigilance and due diligence are key.
Light industrial set for a heavy property tax hit

Light industrial set for heavy property tax hit

Economic fallout from COVID-19 is shifting more of the tax burden to this flourishing group of assets via the mill rate, while also driving up the tax rate, for a double-whammy of consequences in jurisdictions that update valuations annually.
surety

COVID-19 and surety market challenges

COVID-19 presents challenges for the surety industry. How contractors respond to those challenges will ensure relationships remain healthy,
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Force majeure clauses in contracts

Since the beginning of COVID-19, one issue that has garnered attention in contracts is the applicability of force majeure clauses.
Construction rebar imports from nine countries subject to dumping investigation

Construction rebar imports spur dumping inquiry

Canada Border Services Agency is currently investigating evidence that up to nine countries are dumping products that undercut domestic prices and are deleterious to Canadian manufacturers.
COVID-19 related investment announced in fall economic statement

COVID-19 related investment unveiled

The commercial real estate, facilities management and construction/retrofit sectors appear poised to capture a share of the spending announced in the Canadian government’s fall economic statement.
prompt payment bill 37

A First Look at Alberta’s prompt payment legislation

Alberta has introduced prompt payment legislation. McLennan Ross highlights the key changes that are proposed in Bill 37.
BCCSA

BCCSA updates best practices for presumptive cases

BCCSA recently updated its best practices for when someone on site is presumed to have COVID-19. The industry must continue to be vigilant.
prompt payment legislation

Alberta introduces prompt payment legislation

New legislation will introduce prompt payment timelines into Alberta’s construction sector, ensuring contractors get paid on time.
deductibles

Prepare for project risks driven by COVID-19

As COVID-19 restrictions slowly lift across the country, construction and design professionals have a very different working environment and associate set of project risks to
covid

COVID 19: construction legal Q&A

The McLennan Ross Construction Group is working hard to stay ahead of the legal challenges during the COVID pandemic, providing answers to top questions.
proposed code changes

Sights and sounds of proposed code changes

A package of proposed changes to Canada's National Building Code aims to improve navigability and safety in large buildings for people with mobility, vision and/or hearing constraints.
childcare YMCA

Minimizing construction disputes

Delays and disputes can be disruptive and costly for construction projects. Learn about some of the common causes and how to resolve them.
criminal trespass

Alberta cracks down on criminal trespass

Along with measures to discourage spurious lawsuits, the legislation has implications for commercial real estate operators and any organization with potential scofflaws among its employees or membership.
outdoor air

IAQ standards dissect freshness of outdoor air

Guidance related to natural ventilation, particulate filtration and compartmentalization of multi-residential HVAC systems are prominent in the list of identified "significant changes" compared to the incumbent 2016 version of the standards.