Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provisions have been increasingly incorporated by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) into standard Canadian construction contracts. Parties should attempt to resolve their dispute first by amicable negotiation, then mediation, and, finally, by way of binding arbitration. Many common law jurisdictions throughout Canada have a form of meditation or settlement conference …

Contract Negotiation

There is no greater measure of a project’s potential for success than the contract it is built upon. As a contractor, you want to verify that you’ll receive timely payment for the hard work you performed and preserve the right to seek legal recourse against an owner who doesn’t intend to compensate you. On the …

Bond Law

No matter where you’re doing business in Canada, you’re going to wind up placing tenders on government projects. This process alone is known for taking a great deal of time, resources, money, and patience. Even if you comply with all of the corresponding agency’s specifications, there’s still a chance that you may not be selected …

OHS

Each of the fourteen jurisdictions in Canada has its own occupational health and safety legislation. Federal legislation only covers employees of the federal government and corporations across Canada. In each province or territory, there is an act that applies to most workplaces within that region, typically known as the Occupational Health and Safety Act. For …

Licence Defence

A contractor’s license ensures that he or she is insured, legitimate, and legally protected. Provincial contractor licensing requirements vary greatly across Canada, and failing to abide by these requirements could mean facing strict penalties. If you’ve been accused of contracting without a license, failing to meet your contractual obligations, or are otherwise facing complaints against …

Contract Review & Drafting

A clear and concise construction contract is the cornerstone of any successful construction enterprise in Canada. It defines the duties and obligations of all parties and offers protection in the event that a party fails to uphold their end of the agreement. Effective contract drafting and review services is the key to quelling disputes before …

Litigation

There is a wide range of arbitration organizations and institutions used for the resolution of construction disputes in Canada, including the Canadian Arbitration Institution, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the ADR Institute of Canada; however, no one organization is viewed as dominant over the others. Administration of construction litigation as a whole varies …

Roofing Law

Assisting Roofing Contractors in Canada on All Legal Matters At Cotney Canada, we understand how competitive, risky, and complex working in the roofing industry can be because we’ve seen firsthand the laws and regulations roofing contractors are up against on a daily basis. You deserve to be represented by a firm with legal expertise and …