CCA 53 – A Trade Contractor’s Guide and Checklist to Construction Contracts

There is an old saying that those who refuse to read and understand the terms of their construction contracts are doomed to failure…

The Canadian Construction Association Trade Contractors Council published a new CCA 53 in 2016 to assist trade contractors in reviewing contracts, no matter what their position in relation to the project. CCA 53 highlights the important 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 trade contractors’ contractual responsibilities and will analyze the checklist of important clauses identified in CCA 53, e.g. design responsibility, flow-down, scope of subcontract work, payment, insurance, protection-of-work, implied vs. expressed warranties, temporary site facilities, delay, changes etc.

Discussions will focus on what to be on the look-out for when reviewing and attempting to understand the construction contracts you are asked to bid and sign. Language of CCA 1 ‘Stipulated Price Subcontract’ will be used throughout this session as examples of fair and equitable provisions. Onerous provisions deviating substantially from the standard CCA 1 wording should serve as warning signals to trade contractors!

Who Should Attend:

Trade Contractor; owners, executives and contract administrators and allied professionals in the construction industry.


Attendees will receive a hardcopy of the new CCA 53 and CCA 1.

November 6, 2017
Mon. 8:30am – 12pm
TCA, 70 Leek Cres. Richmond Hill, Ontario
John M. Rasenberg
Founder/President – JMR Electric Ltd.
TCA member:
$85.00 + HST
$135.00 + HST
INSTRUCTOR: John M. Rasenberg, Founder/President – JMR Electric Ltd.

After graduating from Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technician program in 1975, John founded JMR Electric Ltd. His company grew to over 350 employees, with high-profile jobs including the London Convention Centre, Chatham and Stratford hospitals, London Police Service headquarters, and Fanshawe’s ‘R’ Residence. John holds leadership positions with the LDCA and CCA, and gives back to the community as a hockey and soccer coach.