Construction claims can be caused by a number of factors. In general, construction disputes and claims occur because of the following:

  • Delays in construction and completion of the contract
  • Delays in the delivery and supply of materials
  • Weather which slows down or prevents construction from proceeding
  • Owner requested changes
  • Site conditions which differ from those expected
  • Insufficient plans and specifications
  • Failure of any one party to disclose information which is material to the construction
  • Conflicts between those involved in the construction of a project
  • Acceleration of the work

Delays and disputes on job sites increase the cost of construction. Dispute resolution processes within construction projects that have expedited processes in place to resolve disputes, in a fair and impartial manner, avoid unnecessary delays and costs to small businesses and ultimately to Ontario taxpayers. Ensuring these processes are implemented has a tremendous impact on the efficiency, quality and cost of work being done and can potentially speed up timelines for construction projects.