PFD | Construction

  • April 2019
    PFD | Construction

    The Régie du logement and the medical use of cannabis

    The subject of extensive media coverage, the Cannabis Regulation Act (CQLR, C-5.3, hereinafter the "Act") allows residential building owners to modify the conditions of their leases by adding a prohibition against smoking cannabis, which a lessee may then refuse for medical reasons.

  • September 2018
    PFD | Construction

    By Jean-Philippe Desabrais Lawyer

  • April 2018
    PFD | Construction

    Construction: A subcontractor may be bound by clauses in the tender documents to which it is not party

    On January 12, 2018, the Court of Appeal of Québec handed down an important ruling on the claim process set out in construction contracts.

  • June 2017
    PFD | Construction
    Be proactive

    Brief overview of pay-if-paid clauses

    By Isabelle Gingras
    Pay-if-paid clauses are increasingly common in construction contracts. Their aim is to protect a general contractor in the case of a late payment or default by the client. Indeed, when a pay-if-paid clause is included in a contract between a general contractor and its subcontractors, the contractor avoids having to make advanced payments for the work undertaken by subcontractors until it receives payment from the client.

  • February 2017
    PFD | Construction
    Hidden defects

    Can you obtain compensation when the seller is insolvent or cannot be found?

    By Jean-Philippe Desabrais Lawyer
    This very interesting question may come up for a homeowner who discovers a hidden defect.

  • October 2016
    PFD | Construction

    The RBQ increases its licence security amounts

    By Charlotte Deslauriers-Goulet
    The Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) recently announced that it had increased the licence security amounts, effective the 18th of September, 2016. The amount rises from $20,000 to $40,000 for general contractors and from $10,000 to $20,000 for specialized contractors.

  • November 2015
    PFD | Construction


    By Audrey Chevrette Lawyer
    In construction, contracts between work providers and general contractors include holdback provisions for subcontractors based on the principle of stipulation for another under article 1444 of the Civil Code of Québec. In Compagnie d'assurances Jevco v. Québec (Procureure générale), 2015 QCCA 1034, the Court of Appeal recently reiterated the work provider's obligation to apply the holdback provisions since failing to do so could result in liability.

  • April 2015
    PFD | Construction

    Is a delayed notice of defect in matters of latent defects fatal to the recourse?

    By Jean-Philippe Desabrais Lawyer
    When the notice of a defect is delayed, the seller must demonstrate that the delay caused a prejudice, such as the aggravation of the defect since the time of its discovery and notice.

  • June 2011
    PFD | Construction

    New municipal contract allocation rules

    By Daniel Goupil Lawyer
    Businesses that enter into contracts with cities and municipalities should be aware of the new municipal market rules that came into effect a few months ago.

  • November 2010
    PFD | Construction

    Keep the resolutory clause in mind

    By Etienne L. Morin Lawyer
    Uses your services to construct a building on land.