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This Week in Construction Law: May 16 – 20, 2022

In Ontario, operating engineers (including crane operators) have agreed to a deal in the midst of sector-wide strikes, including a raise of $3 per hour in each of the next three years. This follows on the successful conclusion of negotiations with bricklayers, tilesetters, precast erectors, plumbers and pipefitters last week; the plumbers and pipefitters agreed to a contract that included a raise of approximately 13% over three years, while tilesetters and bricklayers agreed to a raise over three years of approximately 9%. Carpenters, painters, drywall tapers, sheetmetal workers, rodworkers, and roofers remain on strike. Three days of talks with the carpenters are scheduled this week, and more than 100 jobsites are believed to be disrupted.

In Ontario, a residential developer has declared that the pre-purchasers of 45 properties are in breach of contract, and that it will keep the deposits paid by the pre-purchasers unless they agree not to sue.

In Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg claims it has discovered more conspirators in a fraud scheme involving overcharging for work during the construction of new police headquarters; the city seeks to add those names to an ongoing civil suit.

In Manitoba, Contrera Construction is suing the man who hired them to build the head office for Sandy Bay Child and Family Services. The suit alleges that the then-head of Sandy Bay Child and Family Services, located on treaty land, falsely represented to Contrera that he had a controlling interest in the land on which the office was to be built.