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Short Form Contractor Agreements 

ARTICLE 1
INTERPRETATION

1.1 Definitions

Unless the context otherwise requires, the following capitalized terms and expressions shall have the meanings set forth below whenever used in this Agreement:

"Agreement", "this Agreement", "herein", "hereof", "hereunder" or similar expressions refer to this agreement and not to any particular article, section, paragraph, clause or other part of this Agreement, and includes the Signature Documents and the General Terms and Conditions and any and every amending agreement and agreement supplemental or ancillary hereto or in implementation hereof;

Applicable Law” means all applicable:

(i) statutes, regulations and by-laws of any Governmental Authorities, and

(ii) to the extent they have the force of law, all orders (including remedial orders), rules, requirements, directions, policies, guidelines, interpretations, decisions, approvals, consents, orders (including remedial orders) and directives of any Governmental Authorities having jurisdiction;

in force from time to time during the Term;

"Claims" means actions, causes of action, claims, demands, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses whatsoever;

"Contractor Intellectual Property Rights" means all Intellectual Property Rights of the Contractor in and to all technical information, know-how, processes, procedures, compositions, devices, methods, formulas, protocols, techniques, software, designs, drawings, or data created or owned by the Contractor prior to the Effective Date, and all modifications, improvements, and enhancements thereto developed as a result of the Services solely made by the Contractor in the course of performing the Services;

  • "Effective Date" shall mean the date this Agreement is effective as set out in Section 1(a) of the Signature Document;
  • "Enform Indemnitees" means Enform, its affiliates and their respective governors, directors, officers, agents and employees;

"Enform Intellectual Property Rights" means all Intellectual Property Rights of Enform in and to all technical information, know-how, processes, procedures, compositions, devices, methods, formulas, protocols, techniques, software, designs, drawings, or data created or owned by Enform prior to the Effective Date, and all modifications, improvements, and enhancements thereto developed as a result of the Services solely made by Enform in the course of performing this Agreement;

  • "Enform Liaison" shall have the meaning set out in Section 2.4;
  • Enform Supplied Equipment" shall have the meaning set out in Section 2.2.1;
  • "Expiry Date" shall mean the date this Agreement expires as set out in Section 1(b) of the Signature Document;
  • General Terms and Conditions” means the general terms and conditions of the Agreement set out herein.
  • Governmental Authority” means any government, regulatory authority, governmental department, bureau, agency, commission, board, tribunal, licensing body, court, judicial body, arbitral body or other law, rule or regulation-making entity having jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Agreement on behalf of any country, territory, province, state municipality, locality or other jurisdiction;
  • "Invoice" shall mean an invoice for Services submitted in accordance with this Agreement;

"Intellectual Property Rights" includes any proprietary right provided under patent law, copyright law, trade-mark law, design patent or industrial design law, semi-conductor chip or mask work law and any other statutory provision or common law principles applicable to the Services, and includes all information and technology, including, but not limited to, confidential information, trade secrets, improvements (that are patentable), inventions, designs (including industrial designs), technologies, algorithms, formulas, processes, compositions of matter, computer programs, source codes, moral rights trademarks, service marks, trade names, whether or not registered, and all forms of expressions of ideas and original work or authorship that are the subject-matter of copyrights (which includes written reports, software, videos, manuals, charts, photographs, models and designs);

  • "Notice" shall have the meaning set out in Section 8.2.1;
  • Party” means Enform or the Contractor and “Parties” means Enform and the Contractor;
  • "Services" shall have the meaning set out in Section 2.1;

"Services Intellectual Property Rights" means all Intellectual Property Rights jointly created by the Contractor and Enform during the performance of the Services that are not Enform Intellectual Property Rights or Contractor Intellectual Property Rights;

  • Signature Document” means the document setting out the specific terms of the agreement between Enform and the Contractor and which includes the signatures of the Parties.
  • "Term" shall have the meaning set out in Section 4.1.

1.2 Headings, etc.

The division of this Agreement into Articles, Sections, paragraphs and clauses and the insertion of headings is for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of this Agreement. Unless otherwise stated, all references in this Agreement to articles, sections, paragraphs or clauses are to those in this Agreement.

1.3 Plurality and Gender

Words importing the singular number only shall include the plural and vice versa and words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender and words importing individuals shall include firms, corporations and governments and governmental authorities and vice versa.

1.4 Currency

All references in this Agreement to dollars and cents are to lawful currency of Canada, unless specifically otherwise provided in this Agreement.

1.5 Signature Document

The Parties hereto may revise the Agreement from time to time and each such revision shall be dated and initialled by both Parties and attached to this Agreement as an amendment.

ARTICLE 2
SERVICES AND PERSONNEL

2.1 Contractor to Provide

The Contractor shall provide the services set out in the Signature Document and in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions (the "Services").

2.2 Enform Supplied Equipment

2.2.1 Where applicable, Enform shall supply to Contractor all of the special equipment and materials specified or listed in the Signature Document as being supplied by Enform and which, in Enform’s opinion, are required for the purposes of Contractor performing the Services ("Enform Supplied Equipment"). 

2.2.2 The following provisions shall apply to all Enform Supplied Equipment:

(a) Enform shall make available to Contractor the Enform Supplied Equipment at the Enform address for notice on the Effective Date or at such other time and place as may be mutually agreed by the Parties;

(b) Upon Contractor's receipt of each item of Enform Supplied Equipment:

(i) Contractor shall immediately inspect the same visually and shall notify Enform of any shortage, defect, deficiency or damage to the Enform Supplied Equipment. Upon receiving notice from Contractor of any shortage, defect, deficiency or damage with respect to any item of Enform Supplied Equipments, Enform shall use reasonable efforts to remedy such shortage, defect deficiency or damage. Alternatively, at the request of Enform, Contractor shall remedy such shortage, defect, deficiency or damage at Enform's cost and expense;

(ii) Following satisfactory inspection of Enform Supplied Equipment, such item shall fall under the care, custody and control of Contractor and shall only be used by Contractor for the purposes of performing the Services; and

(iii) While the Enform Supplied Equipment remains in Contractor’s care, custody and control, Contractor shall be liable for:

(A) all damage to the Enform Supplied Equipment (less reasonable wear and tear); and

(B) all damage to property, any injury or death to persons and/or Claims arising from Contractor’s use of the Enform Supplied Equipment irrespective of whether such Claims arise from Enform or third parties.

(c) Contractor shall return the Enform Supplied Equipment to Enform at the Enform address for notice on the Expiry Date or such other time and place mutually agreed by the Parties. Enform shall immediately inspect the same visually and shall notify Contractor of any shortage, defect, deficiency or damage to the Enform Supplied Equipment (other than reasonable wear and tear) which shall be immediately repaired by Contractor at its own cost and risk. Alternatively, Enform may choose to repair the Enform Supplied Equipment and charge the Contractor for such repairs and/or set off the costs of such repair against monies owed to Contractor by Enform.

2.3 Conflict of Interest Disclosure

The Contractor covenants and warrants to Enform that it does not have and is not aware of any conflict or potential conflict of interest (including, without limitation, as set out in Enform's Conflict of Interest Policy, as the same may be revised from time to time) between Contractor and Enform. Failure by Contractor to disclose any conflict, or potential conflict, of interest may result in the termination of this Agreement at the sole and absolute discretion of Enform.

2.4 Enform Liaison

Liaison by the Contractor with Enform respecting the Services shall be with the Enform representative who has signed the Signature Document or such other person as Enform may identify from time to time (the "Enform Liaison"). The Contractor shall comply with all reasonable instructions and directions given to it by the Enform Liaison on behalf of Enform.

2.5 Enform Policies

The Contractor shall comply with all of the applicable policies and procedures of Enform, of which the Contractor acknowledges it has been provided access, as the same may be revised from time to time during the Term.

2.6 Standards of Performance

2.6.1 The Contractor covenants, represents and warrants to that the Contractor, its employees, agents and permitted sub-Contractors performing the Services possess the necessary qualifications, knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to carry out the Services. The Contractor acknowledges that this representation continues throughout the Term and that Enform has relied on the representation in entering into this Agreement and will continue to rely on it during the Term.

2.6.2 The Contractor shall, at all times during the Term, act in the best interests of Enform and shall perform the Services in an efficient, competent, workmanlike and professional manner using the requisite care and diligence expected of a specialist in  Western Canada providing similar services to entities similar to Enform.

2.6.3 In performing the Services, the Contractor represents that it shall be knowledgeable of and shall comply with all Applicable Laws, ordinances, standards, codes and other rules of all lawful authorities and applicable regulatory bodies including, but not limited to, the Employment Standards Code, as amended, and all regulations made thereunder and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as amended, and all regulations made thereunder.

2.6.4 The Contractor shall be responsible, at no additional cost to Enform, to provide on a prompt basis whatever additional services  may be necessary to remedy any defects or deficiencies in the Services caused by the negligent acts or omissions of the Contractor or by its failure to perform the Services in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

2.6.5 Where applicable and in addition to complying with Section 2.6.3, the Contractor shall take all reasonable measures in the performance of the Services to minimize disturbance or damage to the surrounding environment.

2.6.6 At its own cost and risk, the Contractor shall obtain all permits and/or licenses that are required by Applicable Laws for the carrying out of the Services.

2.7 Independent Contractor

2.7.1 It is specifically agreed and understood that the Contractor is providing the Services as an independent contractor and not an employee of Enform. Neither the Contractor nor its employees, agents or representatives or permitted sub-Contractors shall be deemed to be nor shall they represent themselves as being employees, agents or representatives of Enform for any purpose whatsoever.

2.7.2 Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed or construed by the Parties as creating the relationship of employer/employee, principal and agent, or a joint venture relationship between the Parties.

2.7.3 Enform is not responsible in any way for acts or omissions of the Contractor, its employees, agents, representatives or any persons under the control or supervision of the Contractor or for whom the Contractor is responsible at law.

2.7.4 In performing this Agreement, the Contractor shall be responsible for all acts or omissions of its employees, agents, representatives or other persons under its control or for whom the Contractor is responsible at law and will be responsible for such individual's wages, salaries or other remunerations or compensation arising in connection with the performance of this Agreement and for all taxes, withholdings or contributions in respect thereof which are or may hereafter be imposed by Applicable Law, including, but not limited to, the collection and remittance of federal and provincial income taxes, workers' compensation, Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan contributions, and the Contractor further agrees to indemnify and save the Enform Indemnitees harmless for any Claims arising in respect of same.

2.8 Right to Replace Employees, etc.

Upon the request of Enform, acting reasonably, the Contractor shall replace any of the Contractor's employees, agents or sub-Contractors engaged in the performance of the Services if, in Enform's judgment acting reasonably, such employee's, agent's or sub-Contractor's behaviour, conduct or performance is unacceptable. Enform shall provide the Contractor with written notice, in reasonable detail, of such employee's, agent's or sub-Contractor's objectionable behaviour, conduct or performance, which notice shall, if practicable, be provided simultaneously with Enform's request for a replacement but, in any event, shall be provided promptly thereafter; provided that Enform shall have no liability for failure to provide, or any delay in providing, any such notice.

2.9 Hours

The Contractor shall perform the Services during Enform's normal business hours Monday to Friday, unless otherwise agreed by the Parties and set out in the Signature Document. Enform may require the Contractor to be available to perform the Services at such other times as may be requested by Enform from time to time during the Term.

ARTICLE 3
PAYMENT

3.1 Payment

Enform shall pay the Contractor the fees and expenses in the manner set forth in the Signature Document for performance of the Services.

3.2 Goods and Services Tax

Subject to Applicable Laws, the Contractor acknowledges that it is registered to collect Canadian goods and services tax ("G.S.T.") and, if applicable, provincial sales tax (P.S.T.) and shall provide Enform with the Contractor's G.S.T. and P.S.T. registration number(s) in writing prior to the Effective Date.

3.3 Invoices

The Contractor shall deliver invoices and original supporting documentation in respect of each such invoice to Enform at the times and in the manner set out the Signature Document or otherwise as Enform may reasonably request.

3.4 Expenses

The Contractor shall be reimbursed only for expenses first approved in writing by Enform, unless otherwise stipulated in the Signature Document. Other than any pre-approved expenses set out in of the Signature Document, Enform will not be liable for nor pay any other Contractor expenses.  Enform, in its discretion, may pay for any reasonable expenses as may be approved in writing by its authorized representatives.

3.5 Set-Off

Without limiting any right of set-off or deduction available expressly or impliedly under Applicable Law, Enform may set-off any amount payable by it to the Contractor under this Agreement against any amount owed to Enform by the Contractor under this Agreement or otherwise.

ARTICLE 4
TERM AND TERMINATION

4.1 Term

This Agreement shall commence as of the Effective Date and shall continue until the Expiry Date (the "Term") unless this Agreement is earlier terminated in accordance with its terms.

4.2 Termination for Cause

4.2.1 Without prejudice to any other right or remedy Enform may have under this Agreement or at Applicable Law, Enform shall have the right to terminate this Agreement:

(a) immediately upon written notice to Contractor in the event of Contractor:

(A) committing an act of bankruptcy or being adjudged bankrupt or making a general assignment for the benefit of creditors, or if a receiver is appointed over all or a material portion of the business and assets of the Contractor, or if the Contractor is insolvent;

(B) ceasing to perform the Services;

(C) purporting to assign this Agreement in contravention of Section 7.1;

(D) being guilty of fraud or dishonesty or serious misconduct or committing an immoral act in circumstances that would make it illegal or unsuitable for the Contractor to continue to discharge its duties hereunder; or

(E) committing an act of gross insubordination relating to the directions or instructions given or made by Enform; or

(b) upon ten (10) working days prior written notice to the Contractor in the event the Contractor is in material breach of this Agreement and fails to correct such breach or fails to provide a schedule acceptable to Enform for the correction of such breach within five (5) working days of being given notice by Enform to do so.

(c) If the Contractor is in default under Section 4.2.1(b), Enform may at its option and without prejudice to any other rights or remedies it may have at Applicable Law or in equity, correct or remedy such default and Enform may set off such amounts from amounts it may owe Contractor prior to the breach or Enform may demand that the Contractor shall immediately pay to Enform an amount equal to all costs, charges, expenses, including legal fees on a solicitor and its own client basis, and damages incurred or sustained by Enform by reason of the Contractor's default together with an administrative fee of 15% which the Parties agree is a reasonable pre-estimate of Enform’s administrative and overhead costs and damages and not a penalty.

4.3 Termination Without Cause by Enform

Enform shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement for convenience and without cause, upon giving the Contractor thirty (30) days prior written notice, together with written notification of any changes in the scope of work for the Services which the Parties have agreed the Contractor is required to complete during the said notice period. In such event, Enform shall pay the Contractor all accrued unpaid amounts due to the Contractor hereunder up to the effective termination date and amounts due to the Contractor in respect to the Services Enform requires to be done during the notice period. Subject thereto, the Contractor will not be entitled to any further payment or compensation arising from or connected with early termination of this Agreement.

ARTICLE 5
OWNERSHIP OF WORK PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS

5.1 Enform Property

Any records, information, data, documents and materials provided by Enform to the Contractor for its use in the performance of the Services shall remain the property of Enform and shall be returned by the Contractor to Enform, without cost to Enform, upon Enform's request and, in any event, prior to the Expiry Date in the same condition as when received by the Contractor, reasonable wear and tear excepted.

5.2 Contractor Intellectual Property Rights

The Parties acknowledge that the Contractor is the owner of Contractor Intellectual Property Rights which may be necessary for the completion of the Services and which may become embedded in all or certain of the Services furnished by the Contractor to Enform under this Agreement. Title to and all rights of ownership in Contractor Intellectual Property Rights shall remain vested in the Contractor. Enform and its affiliates are hereby granted a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty free license by the Contractor to use the Contractor Intellectual Property Rights solely for its or their own use to the extent that such Contractor Intellectual Property Rights are required by Enform to perform this Agreement and if necessary for approvals required by Applicable Laws.

5.3 Enform Intellectual Property Rights

The Parties acknowledge that Enform is the owner of Enform Intellectual Property Rights which may be necessary for the completion of the Services and which may become embedded in all or certain of the Services furnished by the Contractor to Enform under this Agreement. Title to and all rights of ownership in Enform Intellectual Property Rights shall remain vested in Enform. The Contractor and its employees, agents, and permitted sub-Contractors who are performing the Services are hereby granted a perpetual, non exclusive, royalty free license by Enform to use the Enform Intellectual Property Rights solely for its or their own use to the extent that such Enform Intellectual Property Rights are required to perform the Services and if necessary for approvals required by Applicable Laws.

5.4 Services Intellectual Property Rights

The Parties acknowledge that Services Intellectual Property Rights may be created in the course of the Parties performing this Agreement. The Parties hereby agree that Enform shall own all Services Intellectual Property Rights and may, upon written request from Contractor after the Expiry Date, licence such Services Intellectual Property Rights to Contractor on terms and conditions acceptable to Enform.

5.5 Indemnity

The Contractor and Enform each hereby warrant that it has not and shall not breach nor infringe any Intellectual Property Right owned, licensed or acquired from third parties as a result of or in the course of the performance of the Services and agrees to indemnify the other Party with respect to all Claims arising from any such breach or infringement of third party Intellectual Property Rights.

5.6 Confidential Information

5.6.1 The Contractor agrees that any confidential information, including information identified as confidential or proprietary or reasonably understood as being of a confidential or proprietary nature and not available to or lawfully disclosed to the public, concerning Enform, its operations, business, students, customers, forecasts, plans and proposals, records, information, data, documents, photographs and materials disclosed to it by Enform or otherwise acquired or developed by the Contractor in performing the Services will not be:

(a) published or disclosed to any third party, except to those of its officers, employees and professional advisors who are directly concerned with the use, development or application of such records, information or material in the performance of the Services provided they first undertake to maintain confidentiality in respect thereof; or

(b) used, sold or otherwise disposed of by the Contractor, other than in the performance of the Services under this Agreement.

5.6.2 The Contractor shall comply with any rules or directions made or given by Enform with respect to safeguarding or ensuring the confidentiality of the information, data, documents or materials referred to in Section 5.1.

5.7 Confidentiality and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The provisions of Section 5.6 will not apply to the extent any disclosure, press release or public announcement is required by Applicable Laws (including, without limitation, by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta), if applicable).

ARTICLE 6
Insurance

6.1 Insurance and Other Requirements

Before commencing performing the Services, Contractor shall obtain, at its cost, and maintain throughout the Term:

6.1.1 where available and applicable to the Contractor, Workers' Compensation insurance or similar insurance in accordance with the statutory requirements of a Governmental Authority for all of its employees engaged in performing the Services herein. Where Workers' Compensation insurance coverages or similar insurance is not available to the Contractor, it shall provide to Enform a letter outlining the reasons for lack of coverage and provide Enform with proof of Contractor's liability insurance in which case Enform may elect to include Consultant under Enform’s WCB coverage;

6.1.2 at its own expense and without limiting its liabilities herein, insure its operations with insurance in the type and amount stipulated in the Signature Document. Any such policy or policies of insurance shall name Enform and the Enform Indemnitees as additional insured to the extent of their interests herein;

6.1.3 ensure that all such policies entered into pursuant to Section 6.1.2, shall be written in forms and amounts and upon terms acceptable to Enform and in accordance with the insurance legislation of the applicable Governmental Authority]; and

6.1.4 as evidence of all insurance required to be maintained under this Agreement, provide certificates of insurance to Enform and a letter from the Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta or similar Governmental Authority; in other jurisdictions stating that the Contractor has an account in good standing with such Board.

6.2 Failure to Provide Insurance

If the Contractor fails to provide or maintain insurance as required by Section 6.1, Enform shall have the right to terminate this Agreement or, at Enform's option, provide and maintain such insurances at the expense of the Contractor. The cost of any such insurances obtained or maintained by Enform, together with interest on the amount of any such costs at the rate of 15% per annum, shall be paid by the Contractor or, in Enform's discretion, may be deducted from any amount due or that may become due to the Contractor hereunder.

6.3 Indemnification

The Contractor shall indemnify and hold harmless the Enform Indemnitees from and against all Claims resulting, directly or indirectly, from any default by the Contractor under this Agreement and/or the acts, omissions of the Contractor, its employees, agents, sub-Contractors, or anyone for whom the Contractor may be liable at Applicable Law in the performance of or failure to perform the Contractor's obligations herein.

6.4 Indemnity for Taxes

In the event that any Governmental Authority, for whatever reason, seeks from Enform payment of taxes on or in respect of this Agreement, the Contractor shall immediately pay such taxes and hereby indemnifies the Enform Indemnitees from any such payments and any fines, interest or penalties related thereto. The Contractor further agrees that Enform may set off an amount equal to any such taxes (including any applicable fines, interest and penalties) from any fees due to Contractor herein.

6.5 Disclaimer of Indirect Damages

Neither Party shall be liable to the other Party for incidental, consequential or punitive damages, under any circumstances, including loss of anticipated profits, arising from any cause whatsoever including but not limited to performance or non-performance of this Agreement whether based upon breach of contract (fundamental or otherwise), tort, offences and quasi offences, strict liability, or any other theory of law.

ARTICLE 7
ASSIGNMENT

7.1 Assignment

The Contractor may not assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without Enform's prior written consent, which consent may be unreasonably and arbitrarily withheld. Any attempted assignment in violation of this Section 7.1 is void and of no effect.

7.2 Subcontracting

7.2.1 The Contractor may subcontract all or part of the Services upon the prior written consent of Enform, which consent may be unreasonably or arbitrarily withheld, provided any such subcontracting shall not relieve the Contractor from its obligations hereunder.

7.2.2 Nothing contained herein shall create any contractual relationship between any permitted sub-Contractor of the Contractor and Enform.

ARTICLE 8
GENERAL

8.1 Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Alberta and the federal laws of Canada applicable thereto. The Parties irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Alberta courts with respect to any matters arising under this Agreement.

8.2 Notice and Communication

8.2.1 Any notices or other communications required under this Agreement to be made between the Parties shall be in writing ("Notice") and shall be delivered by facsimile, by courier delivery or by registered mail, addressed to the addresses set out the Signature Document.

8.2.2 If the Notice is delivered by courier delivery it shall be considered to have been received by the addressee on the actual date of receipt (or the next business day if sent on a holiday or a non- business day of the recipient).

8.2.3 If the Notice is delivered by registered mail, it shall be considered to have been received by the addressee five (5) days after the date of mailing (or the next business day if the fifth day falls on a holiday or a non business day of the recipient).

8.2.4 If the Notice is sent by fax, it will be effective on the date of transmission (or the next business day if sent on a holiday or a non business day of the recipient), with written confirmation.

8.2.5 Either Party hereto may change its address by notice upon 30 days prior notice in writing sent to the other Party pursuant to this Section 8.2.

8.3 Amendment: No Waiver

This Agreement may not be amended except in writing duly executed by both of the Parties hereto. No action or failure to act by Enform or the Contractor shall constitute a waiver of any right or duty afforded either Party under the Agreement, nor shall any such action or failure to act constitute an approval of or acquiescence in any breach hereunder, except as may be specifically agreed to in writing between the Parties.

8.4 Survival

The provisions of Sections 2.8.4, 3.5, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5 and Article 5 shall survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement.

8.5 Interpretation

If there is any conflict between the terms of the Signature Document and the General Terms and Conditions, the terms of the Signature Agreement shall control and the General Terms and Conditions shall be deemed amended so as to allow the terms of the Signature Document to apply.

 

 

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