By accessing or using our website (collectively, the “Website”) and the services offered through the Website, you (“you” and, together with all persons accessing or using the Website, collectively, the “Users”) signify that you have read, understand and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions (the “Terms and Conditions”) with Construction Specifications Canada (“us”, “we” or “our”), in all respects with respect to the Website.
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS, REMEDIES AND OBLIGATIONS. THESE INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, VARIOUS LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS, AND INDEMNITIES.
Your use of the Website is subject to these Terms and Conditions. If you are not willing to be bound by each and every term or condition, or if any representation made herein by you is not true, you may not use, and must cease using, the Website.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. Privacy. You acknowledge that you have read the Privacy Statement located on the Website as it may be updated from time to time (the "Privacy Statement"), and hereby consent to the collection, use, disclosure and retention by us of your personal information (whether previously collected or to be collected) for the purposes identified therein. You also consent to our use of such personal information in accordance with applicable terms and conditions contained in the Privacy Statement, which is incorporated herein by reference and forms an integral part of these Terms and Conditions.
2. Amendments to these Terms and Conditions. We reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice to you, but we will use reasonable efforts to publish each amendment before such amendment becomes effective. We will ensure that the latest, fully amended version of these Terms and Conditions is published on the Website. You are responsible for regularly reviewing the Website to obtain timely notice of such amendments. If any amendment is unacceptable to you, you may terminate the agreement between you and us regarding the use of the Website as set out in these Terms and Conditions. If you continue to use the Website after the effective date of each amendment, you will be conclusively deemed to have accepted such amended version of these Terms and Conditions.
3. Legal Capacity. You represent and warrant that you possess the legal right, capacity and ability to agree to these Terms and Conditions and use the Website in accordance with them. If you are using the Website on behalf of a corporation or other organization, you represent and warrant that you have the ability to agree to these Terms and Conditions on behalf of such organization and all references to "you" throughout these Terms and Conditions will include such organization, jointly and severally with you personally.
4. License. We grant to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license only to use the Website, in accordance with the provisions set out in these Terms and Conditions. All rights not expressly granted to you in these Terms and Conditions are reserved by us and, if applicable, our licensors.
5. Website Limitations. The Website depends on the Internet, including networks, cabling, facilities and equipment that is not in our control; accordingly (i) any representation made by us regarding access performance, speeds, reliability, availability, use or consistency of the Website is on a "commercially reasonable efforts" basis, (ii) we cannot guarantee any minimum level regarding such performance, speed, reliability, availability, use or consistency, and (iii) data, messages, information or materials sent over the Internet may not be completely private, and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
6. Acceptable Use and Prohibitions.
a. Lawful Use. You will ensure that
i. you only use the Website for lawful purposes, and
ii. if at any time you become aware of any violation, by any person or entity, of any part of these Terms and Conditions, you will immediately notify us and provide us with assistance, as requested, to stop or remedy such violation.
b. Prohibited Conduct. Without limiting the generality of any other restriction in these Terms and Conditions, you agree that you will not, in connection with the Website, directly or directly do or permit any of the following:
i. post, upload, reproduce, distribute or otherwise transmit any Content (defined below) that:
i. is unauthorized or unsolicited commercial communications, junk or bulk communications or other "spam" (whether or not using e-mail services, including instant messaging, blog or comment spam) or is otherwise duplicative or unsolicited,
ii. contains a virus, cancelbot, Trojan horse, worm or other harmful, disruptive or surreptitious component,
iii. is defamatory, infringing, or unlawful,
iv. is inappropriate, profane, obscene, indecent, or contains information without suitable or lawfully-required access controls (which controls will in no event be our responsibility),
v. gives rise to civil liability, or otherwise violates the rights or assists others to violate the rights of us or any third party, such violations including engaging in copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, trademark infringement or defamation, or
vi. constitutes a criminal offence, or otherwise engages in or assists others to engage in any criminal offence, including communicating hatred, pyramid selling, unauthorized use of a computer, mischief in relation to data, fraud, obscenity and child pornography;
vii. engage in threats, harassment, intimidation, stalking or abuse or any conduct that violates the legal rights of others, including the rights of minors and rights relating to privacy and publicity;
viii. scan or probe another computer system, obstruct or bypass computer identification procedures or engage in unauthorized computer or network trespass without the express permission of the owners of such computer systems;
ix. forge headers or otherwise manipulate any protocols or identifiers used in any system or protocol in such a manner to disguise the origin of any data transmitted using the Website;
x. impersonate or falsely represent your association with any person, including a representative of us;
xi. disrupt or threaten the integrity, operation or security of any Website, any computer or any Internet system;
xii. disable or circumvent any access control or related process or procedure established with respect to the Website;
xiii. sublicense, share, resell, reproduce, copy, distribute, redistribute, or exploit for any commercial purposes (except for your internal business purposes), any portion of, use of or access to, any Website, except where expressly authorized by us; or
xiv. extract, gather, collect, or store personal information about others without their express consent.
8. Proprietary Rights:
a. Content—"Content" means all materials and content, including designs, editorial, text, graphics, audiovisual materials, multimedia elements, photographs, videos, music, sound recordings, reports, documents, software, information, formulae, patterns, data and any other work.
b. Third-Party Content—Content accessed or available through the Website or the Internet may be owned by parties other than us (collectively, "Third Party Content") and may be protected by applicable copyrights, trade-marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. Nothing in your use of the Website or these Terms and Conditions grants you any right, title or interest in or to this Third Party Content except for the limited right to use the Website as set out in these Terms and Conditions. The Website may contain links to Third Party Content on websites operated by parties other than you or us ("Third Party Websites"). We are under no obligation to verify the accuracy of the contents on Third Party Websites, and we do not endorse, warrant, promote or recommend any services or products that may be offered by or accessed through such Third Party Websites or the operators of them.
c. Our Content—Except where expressly stated otherwise, all right, title and interest in and to the Website and all Content, source code, processes, designs, technologies, URLs, domain names, marks and logos forming any part of the Website (collectively, "Our Content") is fully vested in us, our licensors or our suppliers and are protected by applicable copyrights, trade-marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. You agree that Our Content is licensed subject to the terms of these Terms and Conditions, including the disclaimers and limitations of liability herein. Nothing in your use of the Website or these Terms and Conditions grants you any right, title or interest in or to Our Content except the limited right to use the Website as set out in these Terms and Conditions. Unless otherwise expressly authorized by us in writing, you agree not to:
i. copy, modify, deep link, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in or otherwise transfer any right or interest in Our Content
ii. distribute, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code, of Our Content, to the maximum extent that such prohibition is permitted by applicable law
iii. remove any proprietary notices or labels on or in Our Content, or
iv. allow any other person or entity to engage in any of the foregoing.
d. Advertising—We will have the right, without notice, to insert advertising data into the Website, so long as this does not involve our transmission of any of your personal information in contravention of our Privacy Statement.
e. Public Transmission and Caching—You acknowledge and agree that our management and delivery of the Website to you may involve transmission and storage of Your Content and other Content to select service providers, including cloud service providers, which may be located outside of Canada, and therefore may be subject to the laws and lawful disclosure requirements of the jurisdictions(s) where Your Content and other Content is transmitted or stored. You further acknowledge and agree that Your Content may be subject to "caching" or other technical processing or transmission policies and procedures by us or at intermediate locations on the Internet.
7. Disclaimers, limits of liability and indemnities.
a. You acknowledge and agree that:
i. All use of the website provided by us is at your own risk;
ii. The website may contain links to other websites, which are provided solely as a convenience to you and the inclusion of any such link does not imply endorsement, investigation or verification by us of such websites or the information contained therein; and
iii. The website provided under these terms and conditions is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis.
b. Disclaimer of warranties—we make no conditions, warranties or representations about the suitability, reliability, usability, security, quality, capacity, performance, availability, timeliness or accuracy of the website or any other products supplied under these terms and conditions. We expressly disclaim all conditions, warranties and representations, express, implied or statutory, including implied conditions or warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, durability, title and non-infringement, whether arising by usage of trade, by course of dealing, by course of performance, at law, in equity, by statute or otherwise howsoever.
c. No liability—notwithstanding any other provision of these terms and conditions, in no event will we, our affiliates, or our controlling parties, agents, employees, suppliers, resellers and distributors (collectively, in these capitalized sections, "we" or "us") be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, or any other damages or losses whatsoever, including damages for loss of profits, goodwill, opportunity, earnings, use or data, arising directly or indirectly from or related to these terms and conditions or the use, or non-use of the website or any software, regardless of the cause of action and even if one or more of us have been advised of the possibility of such damages or losses, including damages or losses arising from or in any way related to the following: (i) any loss or damage to data arising directly or indirectly out of use or non-use of the website or related component; (ii) delays, errors, interruptions, mistakes, omissions, non-delivery, incorrect delivery, or defects on or related to the website. Without restricting the foregoing, if circumstances arise in which you or another party is entitled to recover damages from one or more of us, the aggregate liability of us for damages is limited to the amount paid to us by you through the website during the six-month period preceding the circumstances in which such liability arises.
d. Applicability—some jurisdictions prohibit the disclaimer of certain warranties or conditions or the limitation of certain types of liability. In such circumstances, to the extent that such prohibitions prohibit any exclusions and limitations in these terms and conditions, such exclusions and limitations will not apply to you strictly to the extent necessary to make these terms and conditions consistent with such prohibitions.
8. Enforceability. Your use of the Website and the content and features accessed through the Website constitute your electronic signature to the agreement set out in these Terms and Conditions and your consent to enter into agreements with us electronically. This Agreement will be deemed to satisfy any writings requirements of any applicable law, notwithstanding that the agreement set out in these Terms and Conditions is written and accepted electronically. All contracts between you and us completed electronically will be deemed for all legal purposes to be in writing and legally enforceable as a signed written agreement.
9. Interpretation. In these Terms and Conditions, (i) the captions and headings are for convenience only and do not constitute substantive matter and are not to be construed as interpreting the contents of these Terms and Conditions, (ii) the word "including", the word "includes" and the phrase "such as", when following a general statement or term (whether or not non-limiting language such as "without limitation" or "but not limited to" or other words of similar import are used with reference thereto), is not to be construed as limiting, and the word "or" between two or more listed matters does not imply an exclusive relationship between the matters being connected, and (iii) all references to website addresses or URLs will also include any successor or replacement websites containing substantially similar information as the referenced website(s).
10. Waiver of Rights and Remedies. Our failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms and Conditions will not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. Neither the course of conduct between you and us nor trade practice will act to modify any provision of these Terms and Conditions. Our rights, powers and remedies in these Terms and Conditions, including without limitation the right to suspend, restrict or terminate any use of the Website, are cumulative and in addition to and not in substitution for any right, power or remedy that may be available to us at law or in equity.
11. Severability. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is determined to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, such invalidity or unenforceability will attach only to such provision or part thereof and the remaining part of such provision and all other provisions hereof will continue in full force and effect.
12. Limitation Period. Any cause of action you may have with respect to these Terms and Conditions or the Website must be commenced within one year after the claim or cause of action arose, or it will be barred.
13. Notices. Any notice, consent, waiver, approval, authorization or other communication to be delivered in connection with these Terms and Conditions
a. by us to you will be deemed to have been effectively and validly given if delivered or sent to any of the contact particulars then listed in your Account; b. by you to us will only be deemed to have been effectively and validly given if in writing and delivered or submitted to the Executive Director.
14. Assignment and Inurement. We may at any time assign our rights and obligations under these Terms and Conditions, in whole or in part, without notice to you. You may not assign these Terms and Conditions without our prior, written consent. These Terms and Conditions will inure to the benefit of and bind you and us and our respective personal and legal representatives, successors and permitted assigns.
15. Relationship. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, fiduciary, employment or agency relationship exists between us and you as a result of these Terms and Conditions or use of the Website.
16. Force Majeure. Neither party will be responsible for a failure to fulfil its obligations under these Terms and Conditions or for delay in doing so if such failure or delay is due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, such as acts of nature, acts of government, war, riots, strikes and accidents in transportation, etc.
18. English Language. The parties have requested and agree that these Terms and Conditions and all documents relating there to be drawn up in English.