Industry Standards & Best Practices
The Official Publication of the Grand Valley Construction Association
GVCA Journal is published six times a year by the Grand Valley Construction Association. Each issue is packed with information on subjects such as technology, procurement, health and safety, best practices – and more! Our articles feature insight from GVCA members and recognized industry officials, and touch on the news and information that affects our members every day. In short, there is no better source of construction-focused news in the Grand Valley region.
The one source for all your construction information, education & resources
This monthly electronic newsletter gives our members the inside scoop on important issues in the construction industry and includes information on our upcoming events and education. Not a GVCA Member? Sign up to access our monthly newsletter.
Construction Documents and Seals
CCA Standard Documents
CCA helps you simplify the way you conduct business and save time and money with its standard contract documents that are up-to-date, easy to understand and familiar to all parties.
All document orders are handled through the GVCA online store. To purchase an electronic version of a CCA standard document, visit the GVCA online store to purchase a registration number that enables you to download the document using the links on this page.
Questions? Read CCA electronic standard document FAQ (frequently asked questions) (link to CCA Electronic Standard Document FAQ page) – link http://www.cca-acc.com/en/industry-practices/cca-documents/cca-electronic-documents-faq
CCA-1 and CCA-19 require using a Copyright Seal which can be purchased on the GVCA online store.
CCDC Documents are developed through a consultative process with representatives from all sectors in the construction industry. These consensus-based documents carry the endorsement of the four constituent national organizations. A lawyer from the Canadian Bar Association, construction law section also sits as an ex-officio member of the committee.
CCDC documents are used in contractual arrangements across the Canadian construction industry. They provide cost savings through balanced standard contract forms, and help to ensure standardization for bidding and contracting procedures. Each year, more than 50,000 copies of CCDC documents are sold.
By using uniformed and standardized documents from CCDC, practitioners in the Canadian construction industry are using documents that are:
- relied upon as familiar industry standards,
- developed through a collaborative and consensus-based approach that allows for the serious consideration of rights, interests and obligations of all parties,
- protect the interest and preserve the rights of all parties involved in a construction project, and
- provide balance, uniformity and standardization for bidding and contracting procedures.
CCDC documents can help reduce claims and disputes, and the added expense and time associated.
CCA can help you run your business better by providing useful information on a number of topics. These general publications are available as free downloads to GVCA members from the My GVCA website.
CCA-50, CCA-61, CCA-81, CCA-82 and CCA-83 are available free of charge to GVCA members and downloadable from the My GVCA website under the Free Resources page.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
Guide to Cost Predictability in Construction
Prepared by a joint task force 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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
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.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the list of downloadable forms and templates.
This document is sold through the GVCA online store.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
CCA Guide to Doing Business in the US
GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the 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. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download the form.
Registration of Constructors and Employers Engaged in Construction
According to Section 5 of the Regulation for Construction Projects (O. Reg. 213/91), before beginning work at a project every constructor and employer engaged in construction has to complete an approved registration form. This form does not have to be submitted to the Ministry of Labour, but it must be at the project while the employer is working there. GVCA members click here to login into your My GVCA account and download Form 1000.