The Project Owner's Responsibility


The jurists affiliated with PSP Légal can help you when you run into difficulties concerning the various responsibilities of the project owner.

Expertise / Construction and Real Estate The Project Owner’s Responsibility

Whether you’re a contractor facing a civil or criminal liability claim, or a customer dissatisfied with the work undertaken by the contractor you’ve hired, we’re here to help!

While many questions can be answered with the help of the guides, sample letters and forms in our legal toolkit, an independent jurist affiliated with PSP Legal will always be happy to help you by answering any questions you may have.

Of course, if you prefer to have an experienced practitioner take charge of your situation and intervene directly and quickly on your behalf, you can also request that one of the independent jurists affiliated with PSP Legal represent you by clicking here.


What are the project owner’s responsibilities?

The project owner, more commonly known as the contractor, is the party who, in a construction contract, is responsible for carrying out or having carried out for others the construction work, in accordance with the plans and specifications prepared by an architect or engineer. This includes both natural and legal persons.

The Guide to Professional Practice of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec stipulates that the project owner must assume the following responsibilities:

  1. managing the project;
  2. communicating relevant project information
  3. draw up contracts with contractors, suppliers, professionals (engineers, surveyors, architects, etc.) and other parties (laboratories, specialized inspectors);
  4. fulfill obligations established by contractual documents;
  5. ensure coordination and cohesion of the project team, proper handling of contracts and completion of work;
  6. take possession of the project.

If he is not under the supervision of an engineer or architect, the contractor is in full control of and responsible for the methods used to carry out the work. He is also bound to the owner by a contract separate from that of the engineer or architect. Moreover, he cannot, by means of a disclaimer, escape his responsibility to the owner of the work. He must also assume the risks in the event of non-performance of the work, notwithstanding the general duty of supervision of the construction professional who supervises or directs his work.

In addition, although not subject to ethical obligations, the contractor must respect the fundamental obligations of good faith and loyalty, as well as the obligation to inform bidders of the condition of the site.


How we can help

Our legal toolkit includes a variety of online resources and links to templates and guides to help you better understand your obligations.

However, should the Legal Toolkit prove insufficient in your situation, you can obtain additional assistance by speaking with one of PSP Legal’s affiliated jurists:

Of course, if you prefer to have an experienced practitioner handle your situation, you can always request that one of the independent jurists affiliated with PSP Legal intervene on your behalf by clicking here. He or she will then be able to intervene directly and rapidly on your behalf by:

  • Preparing, negotiating and drafting applications, procedures or any other legal documents related to your situation;
  • Assisting and advising you on your legal rights and obligations;
  • Representing you before the courts when legal action is taken;
  • Guiding you through the choices available to you, leading to a fair and satisfactory solution.


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