Trade Contracts: A Double-Edged Sword

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 their 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.”

Using a manual filled with spreadsheets and checklists this workshop will discuss the Trade Contractor’s contractual responsibilities and will examine clauses regarding design responsibility, performance specifications, conduit or flow-down provisions, scope of subcontract work, payment, insurance, protection of work, warranties and temporary site facilities. Contract law, contract terms and conditions, incorporation by reference as well as many other terms will be reviewed and discussed. A “Subcontract Handbook” will be developed by the participants so that the Subcontractor will better understand the contract requirements.

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 they are asked to bid upon and sign.


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

This workshop is worth 1 Gold Seal credit.

Please note the information obtained from or through this course does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.


Nov. 8 & 9, 2023 Wed. & Thu. 12:30pm – 4pm ET
OR Jan. 16 & 17, 2024 Tue. & Wed. 12:30pm - 4:00pm EST
OR Mar. 18 & 19, 2024 Mon. & Tue. 3:00pm - 6:30pm EST
OR Apr. 8 & 9, 2024 Mon. & Tue. 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
OR May 21 & 22, 2024 Tue. & Wed. 12:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Live Webinar
Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC;
President, Constructing Minds Inc.
TCA member:
INSTRUCTOR: Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC; President, Constructing Minds Inc.

Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC. With over 30 years of construction management experience under her belt, Lee has gained extensive knowledge and a solid foundation in construction practices, processes, and procedures. Lee was recently awarded The Construction Institute of Canada (TCIC) Chancellor's Award of Excellence.