Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility


On behalf of Canadian Common Ground Alliance Board of Directors, I wish to thank the Best Practices Committee, and all Regional Partner Best Practices Committees across the country, for their hard work and diligence preparing version 4.0 of the CCGA Best Practices.

The National Best Practices were harmonized across Canada in 2014 and provide buried facility owners and the digging community alike with consensus-driven recommendations that, when followed, enhance the damage prevention process and improve public, worker and community safety.

For clarity, Best Practices exceed the minimum requirements of legislation and regulations, and may also exceed elements described by a Standard. Their relationship with those minimum requirements, however, is critical to the betterment of the damage prevention process and overall safety.

Best regards,

Douglas Lapp, P.Eng.
Board Chair
Canadian Common Ground Alliance

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In the spring of 2022 the CCGA released Best Practice Version 4.0. This includes updates developed through regional and stakeholder consensus. 

This is a continuation of the significant goal of the harmonized Best Practices Version 1.0 released in 2014.

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