The FIDIC international standard form contracts: the Red Book

June 15, 2021 | Gerry Argento, Yann-Julien Chouinard | Montréal

Canadian Consulting Engineer, May / June 2021 edition, pages 24-25

The use of a standard form of contract by which the parties’ obligations and rights are predetermined can present several advantages. Standardized industry contracts generally provide for an equitable distribution of risk between the client and the contractor, offer familiarity to the parties, and, where permitted, may simplify the contract negotiation process.

In Canada, the standard forms of contract developed by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) are widely used and construc-tion industry stakeholders are well aware of the respective duties and obligations of the parties to these contracts.

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