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When did you substantially complete your work on the shed?How much are you yourself owed?
Is the shed in Alberta or Ontario?
So what you can do is register a lien on title on the property where the shed is.
You have 45 days from the last day you did the work to register the lien.
Then you have to start a lawsuit within 180 days to perfect the lien and get a certificate of pending litigation from the courthouse when you start the lawsuit and register that on title too.
I know you like the client but this is the only way you can get the contractor to pay and be sure you have some security.
You can and should sue in Alberta.
If necessary you can then register the judgment in a court in Ontario to enforce it if necessary.
No. It's not another lawsuit. It is just registering the judgment
You cannot sue in Ontario as the substantial ties to the claim are in Alberta. You were hired in Alberta, you did the work, the shed is there etc.
It then has the same force and effect as if you sued in Ontario.
Then you can enforce it by seizing assets and registering liens etc
I am a lawyer in Ontario. It is common knowledge that a judgment from another province can be registered in our court and can be then enforced simply as if it had been obtained in Ontario.
As well, as I've already stated to you you don't have the right to sue in Ontario.you must sue in the jurisdiction has the most substantial connection to the claim and that is Alberta.