Construction Disputes

Construction Disputes

Stefan Juzkiw
Lawyer & Founder

Rishab Lohan
Associate Lawyer

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Construction Disputes

Construction disputes arise between property managers/homeowners and contractors/subcontractors when there is uncertainty in the contract, overpayments, and/or markable delay in the construction process.

If you’ve supplied material, labor, or other services to a property and you have not been paid, you may be eligible to register a construction lien against the property. On the other hand, a construction lien should be registered within 45 days of the last date of supply of the project.

Common Construction Disputes

Construction Liens

Delay Claims

Employment/Contractor Disputes

Lending & Borrowing Litigation

Procurement, Bidding, & Tender Disputes

Termination, Cancellation and Contracts

Project Management Agreement Disputes

Condo Construction Disputes


Construction Loan Litigation


Construction Dispute Resolution

Whether you are pursuing a lien claim, construction delay, cost overruns, or tender dispute, having an experienced construction lawyer on your side is important. Our lawyer at Juzkiw Law is experienced in handling a multitude of construction dispute cases.

We can assist in resolving construction disputes through arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Our experience can help you anticipate and identify early risks and provide you with a cost-effective solution.

Placing and Enforcing a Lien in Ontario

There are certain steps you need to take to place a construction lien in Ontario:

  • A lienholder must take an action to place their lien within 45 days of the date the contract is completed or deserted
  • How you place your lien depends on if the lien is attached to a section of real estate. On the other hand, the lien can be placed by providing a copy of the claim for the lien to the property owner

What is a Construction Lien?

A construction lien is a claim based on title to commercial property to a contractor/subcontractor when the owner of the property is not satisfied with the payment of the invoice for work done on the property. On the other hand, a construction lien can act as a roadblock as it makes it impossible for the owner to sell or refinance his property.

Lienable Materials

  • Landscaping Materials: Soil, gravel, plants, and other materials used for the property
  • Rental Equipment such as bulldozers, forklifts, lifts, and other equipment that can be rented without an operator
  • Construction Materials such as drywall, lumber, bricks, and other building materials

Non-Lienable Materials

  • Belongings that can be removed from the property such as furniture, window blinds, or water cooling systems

Review Contract

Our experienced construction dispute lawyer will review your construction agreement and any other documentation you have related to the project.

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Construction Disputes

Construction Lien in Ontario requests payment for goods or services used in a civil construction project. The law governing building warranties in Ontario is the Ontario Construction Act.

According to legislation, the civil construction project contractor must first pay all those who provided the project’s services and materials. If the contractor fails to pay its subcontractors, they have a legal right to sue the contractor for breach of trust.

In general, all construction contracts must contain the minimum necessary for all parties to obtain their rights in


  • Construction or repair agreement date
  • Personal information of all parties involved, such as name is the address;
  • Project specification including detailed information on how work should be performed;
  • Responsibilities of all parties involved, such as payment information, project management, and delivery schedule;
  • Definition of what can be understood as “substantial completion”;
  • Procedures for changing project requirements such as the use of “change orders” that must be signed by all parties involved;
  • Definitions of job standards to be performed;
  • Warranty and guarantees

Therefore, you can include other information that you believe is essential to your construction project.

It is quite common for construction projects to be delayed. The reasons that can lead to this delay may be the unavailability of materials, labor disputes, climate change that makes the work impossible, or even unavailability of municipal inspections delay obtaining licenses.

Because these types of delays are entirely predictable, it is ideal that the contract signed by the parties provides for what measures can be taken in such cases. However, some types of delays may be inexcusable and may result in a breach of the contract by one of the parties.

In cases of need to terminate a contract, the first step is to verify that the termination is consistent as the contract signed by all parties is to send a written notification to the contractor’s address, preferably with some physical record, such for example via mail.