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Trade Contracts: A Double-Edged Sword

Benjamin Franklin opined “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Today subcontracts are becoming more and more confusing and onerous with the General Contractors pushing more and more risk, responsibility and liability onto the Trade Contractor, so it behooves the Trade Contractor to have a greater understanding of the contract before a problem threatens your business rather than after.

The Canadian Construction Association Trade Contractors Council published a new “CCA 53 – A Trade Contractor’s Guide and Checklist to Construction Contracts” in 2016. The document was created to “draw the attention of Trade Contractors to certain clauses that frequently appear in construction contracts or subcontracts which can adversely affect the rights and obligations of trade contractors.”

This half-day session will discuss the Trade Contractor’s contractual responsibilities and will examine the guide and checklist of significant clauses identified in the CCA 53 document. Clauses regarding design responsibility, performance specifications, conduit or flow-down provisions, scope of subcontract work, payment, insurance, protection of work, warranties, temporary site facilities etc. will be reviewed. In addition, and using a green, amber and red-light system using actual subcontracts, participants will review and analyze actual subcontract clauses to identify those clauses to be on the look-out for when reviewing and attempting to understand the construction contracts you are asked to bid upon and sign.


Who should attend:

Trade Contractors, owners, contract administration and allied professionals in the construction industry.

This Workshop is Gold Seal Accredited.

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