General publications

CCA helps you run your business better by providing useful information on a number of topics. These general publications are available as free downloads to anyone while some, for example the CCA Human Resource Toolkit, are sold through our partner associations.

  • Change orders: An engineer's perspective webinar

    Change orders and their associated impacts are a reoccurring concern for trade contractors. The Canadian Construction Association’s Trade Contractors Council organized a webinar entitled “Change orders: An engineer’s perspective” on Thursday, February 21. Watch webinar

  • Mould guidelines for the Canadian construction industry

    In 2002, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) created a mould taskforce to develop national guidelines to assist contractors in minimizing the potential for mould growth and instituting effective remediation practices. A technical review and update of the document was conducted in 2018. These national guidelines provide useful information and step-by-step instructions in various areas. Download guide

  • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Canadian Construction Sector: A Practical Guide to CSR

    This guide answers questions like:

    • What does corporate social responsibility (CSR) mean for companies in Canada’s construction industry?
    • Why is it important for a company to consider CSR?
    • How can CSR help your company achieve greater success?

    This guide also provides you the tools and framework you need to manage CSR within your company. It identifies how to create value for stakeholders while also creating value for the firm in the form of brand recognition, employee retention, cost savings, enhanced risk management, among other benefits. Download guide

  • Indigenous Engagement Guide

    CCA commissioned this guide to help the construction industry engage more effectively with Indigenous companies and communities in Canada. The guide was researched and written by Indigenous Works (formerly the Aboriginal Human Resource Council), an ISO-certified organization that helps companies increase indigenous workplace performance and build successful engagements and relationships with Indigenous people, businesses and communities. The guide provides general information, guidance and insights into Indigenous engagement strategies. Download guide

  • Drug and Alcohol Policy Resource Material

    Impairment in the workplace caused by drug and alcohol use compromises safety and poses a grave risk to construction companies. In an effort to assist companies in meeting their human resources objectives and effectively addressing drug and alcohol-related issues, CCA has prepared a generic, customizable Drug and Alcohol Policy as well as a Fact Sheet on Employee Assistance Programs. These resources are intended to serve as guidelines for companies that want to develop a drug and alcohol program. CCA is not promoting any policy or program. Download guide

  • Guide to Cost Predictability in Construction

    Prepared by a joint taskforce consisting of senior representatives from the construction industry and the federal government, this guide offers practical advice on ways to improve construction project cost predictability. Useful to both owners and contractors submitting bids, the guide provides eight recommendations that cover the time before, during and after the bids. Also included in the guide is a list of recommended design and development documents for different classes of estimates. Download the guide

  • CCA Human Resource Toolkit

    This guide to leadership in the construction industry is designed to provide construction employers with practical guidance on human resources-related issues.

    The toolkit includes explanations of key concepts, templates, and case studies. It also contains modules on workforce planning, recruitment and selection as well as workforce engagement and performance. More information

    The purchase of this hardcopy toolkit includes access to download over 50 forms and templates relating to finance and administration, health and safety, conduct and discipline, employment, strategic planning, and promoting careers in construction. List of downloadable forms and templates

    This document is sold through our partner associations.

  • Guide to Public-private Partnerships in Canada

    This guide is prepared for CCA members who may wish to consider participating in a public-private partnership (P3) project. It highlights some of the unique risks that contractors face during the procurement and contracting phases of P3 projects as well as best practices to mitigate risks. It is not intended to promote or discourage participation in P3 projects but to provide information to support the decision-making process. Download guide

  • Construction Accounting Best Practices - Guide on Revenue Recognition

    The primary purpose of this guide is to identify and promote a better understanding of the accounting principles relevant to the construction industry, in the areas of revenue recognition, future income taxes and debt financing. It also discusses differential reporting options available to private companies. This guide will provide guidance on when to use the percentage of completion and the completed contract methods of revenue recognition, and demonstrate the effect these methods have on a company’s bottom line. Download guide

  • CCA Guide to Doing Business in the US
  • Banking Guide for the Canadian Construction Industry

    The primary purpose of this guide is to foster a better understanding between members of the construction industry and the banking community. To do this, the guide debunks some of the myths about both industries and clearly states the needs and expectations of both groups. Download guide

  • Ready-mixed Concrete Information

    Since 2004, more and more ready-mixed concrete suppliers have decided not to disclose detailed proprietary concrete mix proportions. This document is a model form jointly prepared by the Canadian Construction Association and Canadian Ready-Mixed Concrete Association to ensure CCA members receive all of the necessary information to handle the concrete without knowing the detailed mix proportions. Download the model form

  • CCA Tax Guide to Employer-provided Vehicles & Allowances

    The tax treatment of employer-provided vehicles and vehicle allowances is not well-understood within the construction industry. Common misconceptions include the belief that driving pick-ups and vans to and from home to construction sites at the employer’s insistence will not amount to a taxable benefit. To address this and the changes announced in the February 2003 federal budget, CCA, in consultation with CCRA, has produced a guide on employer-provided vehicles. Download guide