Best Practices/Standards

Best practices are generally-accepted, informally-standardized techniques, methods or processes that have proven themselves over time to accomplish given tasks. These practices are commonly used where no specific formal methodology is in place or the existing methodology does not sufficiently address the issue. MCA Canada believes that with proper processes, checks and testing, your desired outcome can be delivered more effectively with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. In addition, a “best” practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. Documenting and charting procedures and practices is a complicated and time-consuming process. That is why MCA Canada, in partnership with many of our industry partners, has put together a preliminary list of best practices documents for your use.


National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada

NTCCC has developed a “Best Practices Guide” which is based on the excellent guide originally developed by the Vancouver regional Construction Association, and with their permission.

* Best Practices Brochure v2013


CSA Z320 National Commissioning Standard

With MCA Canada leading the way, industry stakeholders related to building commissioning worked with the Canadian Standards Association to create Canada’s first and only National Commissioning Standard.


National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada

The NTCCC strongly support issues specific to Prompt Payment. It’s members meet regularly with MP’s on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON and with MPP’s at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario to bring about changes to the Federal Government Contract nationally and to introduce Prompt Payment Legislation provincially.


Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

CAF has organized a substantial report on the short and long term benefits of apprenticeship and hiring those who are and have finished the apprenticeship program.


BuildForce Labour Market Information

As part of its mandate, BuildForce Canada assembles a number of excellent research material on Labour Markets including the ‘2016 Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward Highlights Report’, among many other. Click the link below to see a list of reports available.


Change Order Protocol

Industry stakeholders came together to produce this publication due to changes in the scope of work on a project which have become an inevitable part of the construction process. The size and number of changes on a particular project can significantly alter the cost of the project. If handled improperly, changes can also lead to disputes and even litigation between the various parties on a project. The change of this Change Order Protocol is to provide a fair and reasonable process for the costing and pricing of change orders.