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THIS TERMINATION AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") dated this _____ of _______________, ________


_________________________ of _________________________________________________ and _________________________ of _________________________________________________

(collectively the "Parties" and individually the "Party")


  1. The Parties are presently bound by the following contract (the "Contract") dated ______________________: _____________________________________________________________.
  2. The Parties wish to terminate the Contract and resolve any and all rights and obligations arising out of the Contract.

IN CONSIDERATION OF and as a condition of the Parties entering into this Agreement and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

  1. Termination
  2. By this Agreement the Parties terminate and cancel the Contract effective the 29th day of May, 2024.
  3. In addition to cancelling and terminating the Contract,
    • _________________________ will be providing the following compensation:

  4. Outstanding Obligations
  5. The Parties acknowledge by this Agreement that the consideration provided and received by each other is fair, just and reasonable and that no further consideration, compensation or obligation will be due, payable or owing with regard to the Contract as of the execution date of this Agreement.
  6. Release
  7. By this Agreement the Parties release each other from any and all claims, causes of action, demands and liabilities of whatever nature which either Party had in the past, has now or may have in the future arising from or related to the Contract.
  8. Confidentiality
  9. The Parties acknowledge and agree that all parties to this Agreement will keep completely confidential the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Contract and any financial, operational or confidential information of any kind not already public.
  10. Governing Law
  11. The Parties submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Alberta for the enforcement of this Agreement or any arbitration award or decision arising from this Agreement. This Agreement will be enforced or construed according to the laws of the Province of Alberta.
  12. Miscellaneous Provisions
  13. Time is of the essence in this Agreement.
  14. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  15. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Agreement. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine gender include the feminine gender and vice versa. Words in the neuter gender include the masculine gender and the feminine gender and vice versa.
  16. If any term, covenant, condition or provision of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, it is the Parties' intent that such provision be reduced in scope by the court only to the extent deemed necessary by that court to render the provision reasonable and enforceable and the remainder of the provisions of this Agreement will in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated as a result.
  17. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Parties. All negotiations and understandings have been included in this Agreement. Statements or representations which may have been made by any Party in the negotiation stages of this Agreement may in some way be inconsistent with this final written Agreement. All such statements are declared to be of no value in this Agreement. Only the written terms of this Agreement will bind the Parties.
  18. This Agreement and the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement apply to and are binding upon the Parties and their respective successors, assigns, executors, administrators, beneficiaries and representatives.
  19. Any notices or delivery required in this Agreement will be deemed completed when hand-delivered, delivered by agent, or seven (7) days after being placed in the post, postage prepaid, to the Parties at the addresses contained in this Agreement or as the Parties may later designate in writing.
  20. All of the rights, remedies and benefits provided by this Agreement will be cumulative and will not be exclusive of any other such rights, remedies and benefits allowed by law.
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Last Updated February 2, 2024

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What is a Termination Agreement?

A Termination Agreement is a legally binding document that two or more parties can use to mutually cancel a contract

Cancelling a contract means the parties are no longer legally bound to the clauses and regulations set out in the legal document. Termination Agreements can be used for various purposes, including mutually cancelling leases, Service Agreements, Loan Agreements, and more. 

Termination Agreements are useful because they establish that a contract has been cancelled. Parties can walk away from a legal agreement with 100% certainty that they have been released of their obligations. 

A Termination Agreement is also known as a: 

  • Mutual termination agreement
  • Contract termination agreement
  • Cancellation of contract
  • Termination of contract
  • Contract cancellation agreement 
  • Dissolution of contract

How does a Termination Agreement work?

Crucially, Termination Agreements are mutual agreements, meaning two or more people collectively agree to end their contract. Even if the parties aren’t on good terms, they are still willingly releasing the other party from their obligations.

These agreements differ from documents like Eviction Notices and Employment Termination Letters, which allow landlords and employers to end contracts independently without a tenant’s or employee’s agreement. 

Another important thing to keep in mind is that there may be specific laws surrounding the cancellation of some agreements, such as leases, loans, or employment agreements in your province. Although a Termination Agreement releases each party from their contractual obligations, the initial agreement may still be subject to federal and provincial regulations.

When to use a Termination Agreement

Termination Agreements are versatile tools that can be used to end contracts with pre-determined end dates, as well as those with an indefinite duration.  Here are some examples of when to use a Termination Agreement:

1. Terminating a Lease Agreement 

Landlords and tenants can use a Termination Agreement to collectively cancel a Lease Agreement

By using a Termination Agreement to mutually end a lease, both the landlord and tenant give up their rights and release each other from all their lease obligations. Specifically:

  • Tenants give up their right to occupy a rental property and are released from their obligation to pay rent. 
  • Landlords give up their right to collect rent payments and are released from leasing their rental property.

If a lease is not being mutually terminated, you will need to use a different document, such as: 

  • An Eviction Notice if the landlord has grounds to end a lease early and evict a tenant
  • A Termination Notice if the tenant has grounds to end a lease early and intends to cancel the lease immediately.
  • An Intent to Vacate Notice if the tenant needs to inform their landlord that they will vacate the rental property at the end of the lease term.  

2. Terminating a Service Agreement 

Termination Agreements are particularly useful for independent contractors, freelancers, and clients who want to end any type of Service Agreement.

When service providers and clients use a Termination Agreement, both parties can walk away knowing the other party has released them of their obligations. This means that the service provider is no longer expected to complete any promised work, services, or projects as laid out in the initial contract.

Termination Agreements can be used for both Service Agreements with a predetermined end date and those with an indefinite duration. For example:

3. Terminating a Loan Agreement

Ideally, when entering into a loan with another party, you have a written document, such as a Loan Agreement or Promissory Note, that outlines the terms and conditions of the agreement.

If the lending agreement is not working out and both parties agree to end it, they can use a Termination Agreement to formally cancel the loan. 

By using a Termination Agreement, the borrower is released from their obligation to repay the initial loan amount, and the lender is no longer entitled to charge any agreed-upon interest amounts. Although a Termination Agreement cancels the initial agreement, it is important to keep in mind that your loan may still be subject to some provincial and federal regulations

4. Terminating an Employment Agreement

For the most part, Termination Agreements are not used to end Employment Contracts. However, if parties mutually agree to part ways, then this agreement can be used. 

If the employer and employee agree to end their working relationship, a Termination Agreement is useful for various reasons. Much like the other instances, a Termination Agreement ensures that both parties are free from the obligations outlined in the Employment Contract. Additionally, it creates a record of an employee’s last day of employment.

If the Employment Agreement is not being mutually terminated, then you will need to use a different document, such as: 

  • An Employment Termination Letter if the employer is firing a staff member. Please note that this document differs from a Termination Agreement because it does not require the employee’s signature. 
  • A Resignation Letter if the employee is leaving the company

5. Terminating a purchase

Often, buyers and sellers will sign contracts, such as Sales Agreements, binding them to a sale. But, sometimes, purchases don’t go according to plan. In this case, Termination Agreements are important and useful documents. 

Depending on the relationship between the parties and the circumstances of the sale, parties can agree to mutually cancel the sale with a Termination Agreement. This document ensures:

  • The buyer is no longer required to pay the pre-determined amount 
  • The seller can sell the item, property, or shares to a different party

A Termination Agreement can also be used to cancel a sale that is already in progress (i.e. a portion of the saleable item has already been provided to the buyer). In this case, this document allows the two parties to walk away from a partially completed sale. 

Use a Termination Agreement to cancel Real Estate Purchase Agreements, Sales Agreements, Share Purchase Agreements, and Purchase of Business Agreements

6. Other instances

Termination Agreements are highly versatile documents. In addition to the above examples, they can also be used in the following circumstances:

Benefits of a Termination Agreement

Here are some benefits of Termination Agreements:

1. Clarity

A Termination Agreement makes a plan for the end of a legal relationship. When you have all the finer details in writing, the parties have more clarity. If you have a Termination Agreement, the risk of misunderstandings is significantly reduced. 

Having the terms of an agreement in writing is never a bad thing. The same goes for  Termination Agreements. 

By utilizing this legal document, both parties can rest assured they are free from any legal obligations outlined in the initial agreement.

Walking away from a contract without a Termination Agreement leaves you vulnerable to claims you failed to perform your agreed-upon obligations. Safeguard your interests by ensuring a release of all claims and liabilities by using a Termination Agreement.

What does a Termination Agreement include?

A Termination Agreement typically includes:

  • Names and addresses of involved parties
  • Details of the original contract, including its purpose and signing date
  • The termination date of the contract
  • Compensation details (if necessary)
  • Signing date
  • Witness details (if necessary)

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