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2016 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions

Alberta Construction Trade Definitions Updated to March 2016


Trade Definitions provide clarity to all construction project stakeholders as to the allocation of work to be bid and performed.  This clarity in turn reduces confusion, error, disputes, and litigation. Please review your scope carefully if you have not already done so as inclusions and exclusions may have changed from previous versions.  Bidding without complete familiarity of the 2016 Definitions could have expensive consequences.


The 2016 Trade Definitions represent a comprehensive update to reflect current technology and business practice, and are the consensus result of input from many industry volunteers.


The Trade Definitions are a living document and will continue to be periodically improved and updated.  Stakeholders will be advised as updates are published.


ACA, its member local construction associations and the 3000 plus member firms endorse adoption of the 2016 Trade Definitions as a best practice. We encourage all tender authorities and their design consultants, specification writers, and contractors and suppliers to cite and utilize the 2016 Trade Definitions for their projects.