Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., FCIArb

Does Posting A Lien Bond Eliminate A Contractor’s Trust Fund Obligations?

When a contractor posts a bond to secure the construction builder’s lien claim of its subcontractor and the subcontractor discharges its lien, does the contractor continue to have any trust fund responsibilities to the subcontractor? Must the contractor continue to pay to the subcontractor the money it receives from the owner, particularly money received from […]

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When Is An Officer, Director Or Controlling Person Liable For A Construction Lien Trust Fund Claim?

What are the limits of the trust fund liabilities under the Construction Lien Act? Those liabilities do not just apply to a contractor or subcontractor engaged in a building project.  Those liabilities may also apply to an officer or director or a person controlling the company. But can an officer, director or controlling person be […]

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What Is The Role Of Owners and Contractors In The Application Of Trust Funds?

Construction Law – Construction Liens – Trust Fund Provisions The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently considered some interesting issues relating to the trust fund provisions of the Construction Lien Act of Ontario.  In Colautti Construction Ltd. v. Ashcroft Development Inc, the Court provided some useful guidance about the roles of owners and contractors in […]

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The Trust Fund Provisions of the Construction Lien Act (Ontario): New Developments relating to Suppliers and Third Parties

The Trust Fund Provisions of the Construction Lien Act (Ontario):   New developments relating to Suppliers and Third Parties By Thomas G. Heintzman O.C, Q.C. and Mekhriban Mamedova[1]    6th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation: Hamilton Law Association; March 2, 2011 1.            Introduction             The Construction Lien Act looks like a formidable statute to most […]

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Trust Fund Claim by Supplier

Construction Lien Action- Trust Fund Claim by Supplier:  In order for a trust fund claim to arise under s. 8 of the Ontario Act in favour of a supplier, it is not necessary that the supplier intended that the material be used for the purposes of a known and identified improvement. It is sufficient if: […]

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