Enterprise Contracts

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An enterprise contract is a contract under which someone - the contractor - agrees to do physical or intellectual work for a client in exchange for payment. 

Examples of enterprise contracts include the creation of a painting by an amateur artist, a website by a web designer and programmer, landscaping by a landscaper, and the renovation of a kitchen floor.

Special rules apply to some aspects of the contract if the contractor is considered to be an itinerant (door-to-door) merchant.

Before signing an enterprise contract, it is a good idea for the client to get a cost estimate. This gives the client a good idea about how much the work will cost.

Then, the actual enterprise contract can be entered into verbally or in writing.  However, it’s a good idea to confirm everything in writing. That way, if there’s a problem, it will be much easier to prove what the contract says: the nature of the work, deadlines, price, possibility of sub-contracting, etc.

Once it is entered into, an enterprise contract generates rights and responsibilities for both the contractor and the client , right up until the end of work .

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.