Resilient shapes
Smooth interior
Boxes for all applications
Pre-assembled reinforcing
Non reinforced concrete pipe
Tested for strength
Standard wet cast boxes
Built-in strength and function
Dependable precast products
The Canadian Concrete Pipe & Precast Association (CCPPA)


The Canadian Concrete Pipe & Precast Association delivers leadership on policy and education to ensure appropriate standards and specifications for resilient underground civil infrastructure.


To ensure resilient underground civil infrastructure, the choice for every owner and specifier, is concrete pipe and precast products.

CCPPA was established in November, 2013 to represent concrete pipe producers and manufacturers of precast concrete products used for a wide range of sewer and drainage infrastructure applications, and suppliers to the precast concrete industry. The not-for-profit association was established to protect and advance the interests of the concrete pipe and precast concrete products industry in Canada.

The key activities of the CCPPA are: 

  • Specifications and Standards development and consultation with regulators, specifiers and designers, 
  • Education of professionals involved in specifying materials and products of gravity pipeline and transportation systems,
  • Government relations, 
  • Promotion of the application of precast concrete products and systems, and
  • Research to advance the knowledge of materials used for constructing precast concrete pipeline systems and culverts.

Regional Engineer

Location Options:
Winnipeg | Regina | Saskatoon

Company: Canadian Concrete Pipe & Precast Association

Looking for a career where you can use
your knowledge and skills as an
engineer with experience in sanitary
and storm sewers and work with
industry associations and concrete
pipe producers as a trainer and educator?

Buried Infrastructure is Risky Business

Every engineer should be keenly aware of the following relationship:


RISK = Probability of Failure *Consequences of Failure


Engineers involved in the design and construction of buried infrastructure should be especially aware of this relationship. Buried infrastructure includes storm sewers culverts, sanitary sewers and watermains. All of these pipes are expected to perform as both a conduit and a structure. Much attention is always given to the conduit aspect of the design; however, these conduits are also expected to perform as structures throughout their service life. A service life of 75 years is a common expectation for the buried infrastructure that we are building today. A pipeline must continue to function as a conduit and as a structure for all of those 75 years. The consequences of failure include fatalities and injuries, damage to vehicles and property, traffic
congestion, detours and delays, environmental impacts and reconstruction costs.

Buried infrastructure by its very nature is out of sight and, because it is out of sight, it is often also out of mind. It can be difficult to realize that there is a problem until it is too late and a catastrophic failure has occurred.


Steel Reinforced Polyethylene Pipe

Steel reinforced polyethylene (SRPE) pipe is the latest product that has entered the already overcrowded flexible plastic drainage and sewer pipe market with manufacturers claiming to address several concerns that have plagued traditional profile wall high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The marketers of SRPE pipe claim that this new product combines the high strength of helically wound steel ribs surrounded by HDPE, however after a thorough evaluation, design engineers may discover that SRPE will not provide a significant improvement over conventional HDPE pipe and may
actually be cause for new concerns.


The Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program

The CCPPA and Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) are pleased to announce a new joint venture to establish an independent entity for an enhanced and expanded third-party administered and audited certification program for both prestressed and non-prestressed precast concrete manufacturing facilities across Canada.

For information about the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program, go to

Environmental Product
Declaration for Concrete
Pipe, Box Structures &
Manholes/Catch Basins
as Manufactured by
Members of the CCPPA

Committed to contributing to sustainability and environmental transparency in construction, CCPPA and its members published an EPD, or “nutrition label” for a product that transparently reveals potential environmental impacts. It is a Canadian industry-average business-to-business Type III environmental product declaration.


The CCPPA EPD covers 3 product categories: 1) Concrete Pipe; 2) Concrete Box Structures; 3) Manholes/Catch Basins. It takes a “cradle-to-gate” approach, covering the potential environmental impacts for 4 parts of the standardized life cycle process: A1: Raw Material Supply; A2: Transport; A3: Manufacturing; A4: Transport.


The declaration was prepared in accordance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930, and the ASTM product category rules (PCR) and EPD program operator rules. The intent is to further the development of environmentally compatible and more sustainable construction products by providing comprehensive environmental information related to potential impacts of Canadian concrete pipe and related products available in Canada, in accordance with international standards.


CCPPA's EPD supports documentation for transparency required for sustainable construction certification programs, such as LEEDv4, Envision, and potentially other green purchasing programs currently under development.


CLICK HERE to view and download the EPD.


View a video that explains an EPD.

Precast Box & Culvert Guideline  
This Guideline covers single-cell precast reinforced concrete box units cast monolithically or "clam shell." It includes rigid frame boxes, both four-sided and three-sided units. This document is limited to the intentions of a guideline for reference purposes, and is not a manual for the design purposes of precast box culverts.

CLICK HERE to download a pdf file of the Guideline.


Prequalification Requirements for Precast Concrete Drainage Products 2016
Owners of infrastructure projects that purchase precast concrete drainage products from prequalified plants, receive products that have been tested for quality through the manufacturing process and inspected upon completion. Concrete drainage products supplied from a prequalified plant comply with the requirements of the latest editions of CSA standards for concrete pipe, CSA A257.1, A257.2, A257.3, A257.4, ASTM C507M, and OPSS 1351. Reinforced concrete box units (including three sided structures) shall comply with the latest edition of the Ontario Provincial Standards Specification (OPSS) 1821 and the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, CAN/CSA S6. Concrete Pressure Pipe complies with AWWA C301 or C302.

This Edition has Two Divisions


 Concrete pipe is the most dependable and robust sewer and culvert product available in Canada.

The Three Edge Bearing (3EB) module of PipePac allows design engineers to model a wide range of installation conditions and bedding types to determine the required structural strength class of concrete pipe.

Access this FREE online design software at

Contact the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association for a free Lunch & Learn at



Concrete pipe is the most dependable and robust sewer and culvert product available in Canada.

The Three Edge Bearing (3EB) module of PipePac allows design engineers to model a wide range of installation conditions and bedding types to determine the required structural strength class of concrete pipe.

Access this FREE online design software at the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association for a free Lunch & Learn at

Informational Seminars and Facility Tours


CCPPA engineers prepare seminars that are both informative and educational for designers, project managers and inspectors of gravity storm and sanitary sewer projects. Association staff takes the time to meet with groups in regional centres across Canada to present the seminars and discuss the content. 

Seminars are focused on how pipe systems should be assessed from technical, financial and risk perspectives. The presentations include recommendations on how engineers can protect themselves by addressing engineering, installation and quality control issues in gravity pipe specifications. Attendees can earn professional development hours (PDHs)

Learn from industry professionals on how to specify both rigid and flexible underground pipe systems.

At the end of this seminar you will have a better understanding of

  • Assessment of pipe systems
  • Rigid and flexible pipe design
  • Rigid and flexible pipe installation
  • Trenching issues
  • Drainage systems under the Building Code
  • Quality and inspection


  • Design Engineers/Technologists
  • Project Managers
  • Contract Administrators
  • Construction Inspectors
Contact Diane Mauro at CCPPA:  1-800-435-0116, Ext 1

Plant tours are available upon request.

2018 Ontario Technical Seminars

The CCPPA Gravity Pipe Seminars have proven to be very useful for Design Engineers, Technologists, Project Managers, Contract Administrators, and Construction Inspectors.

Sudbury March 21

CCPPA's spring series of technical seminars concluded on March 21 in Sudbury. The seminar attracted several city public works employees and consultants from the Sudbury Region. Seminars were held in Kitchener, London, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto.

Niagara-On-The-Lake March 6

CCPPA Technical Seminars Niagara-On-The -Lake

The March 6 seminar had a strong representation from Niagara Region and its second tier municipalities.The remaining attendees were local consultants, who appreciated the range of technical information regarding use of concrete pipe.  CCPPA hopes that the many who attended will accept the invitation to participate in a plant tour.

London March 1

 CCPPA Technical Seminars - London

The seminar in London was attended by young, eager engineers wanting to know more about concrete pipe.

Ottawa January 10

On January 10, the CCPPA held a two hour seminar for the City of Ottawa inspection staff (33 attendees) as well as a group of local consulting engineers (12 different firms with a total of 42 attendees). The technical seminar covered the basics with respect to design and manufacturing of reinforced concrete pipe while the majority of the seminar provided a comprehensive focus on the installation and inspection requirements of both rigid and flexible pipe systems.

2017 Technical Seminars in British Columbia

CCPPA engineers have completed their series of seminars in British Columbia. They visited Prince George on February 14, Burnaby on February 15, and Kamloops on February 16. Feedback on the quality and content of the seminars suggest that the topics resonated with the audiences and that there is an interest in more educational events.

The 6-hour Burnaby seminar attracted the most attendees followed by Kamloops and Prince George. Most delegates were interested in plant tours and  just as many subscribed to the CCPPA’s Concrete Pipe Journal. Follow up Lunch and Learn sessions were requested by some organizations.

Here’s what many delegates had to say…

I really appreciate the efforts from you and your colleagues for facilitating such an educational seminar.

Thanks, Andrea. The CCPPA seminar was very informative. I will definitely contact you or your colleague should there be questions I encounter.

Thanks Andrea, It was great to meet all of you. I found the workshop very informative. I will definitely be in touch regarding a lunch and learn on PipePac and future design questions.

Hi Andrea, Thanks to all of you for the time and effort spent to put together an excellent Seminar.

I learned more about pipe today than all my time at university. Great primer for me, thank you for sharing your knowledge and offering a resource/point of contact for asking questions.

Good overall. Would prefer a slightly slower pace for some parts of discussion so I can digest what's being discussed.

Everything was well explained. Speakers were very knowledgeable.

Well done. Easy to understand and follow. Good flow, topic to topic. Can't think of any areas that need improvement, sorry!

The speakers are all very good, knowledgeable on the topics, and very well organized.

Very clear, easy to understand. Knew the material that they were presenting.

Very interesting and applicable information to my work.

Fairly experienced speakers with a variety of experience. The personal stories are great and more are encouraged (real-world situations).

All the speakers knew their material very well. Very good presentation skills, kept it interesting.
Irish accent is great.

Liked that the presenters rotated in and out throughout the duration of the presentation. Presenters all very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter.

And the Burnaby photos underline the interest in the seminars.


2017 Technical Seminars in MB and SK


The Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association hosted technical seminars in Winnipeg (January 31), Regina (February 1), and Saskatoon (February 2). The events attracted municipal engineers, design engineers, technologists, project managers, contract administrators, and construction inspectors.

Speakers from the CCPPA shared knowledge about the assessment of pipe systems; rigid and flexible pipe design; rigid and flexible pipe installation; trenching issues; and quality and Inspection. This is what people had to say about the seminars:

"The seminar was well organized and all the presentations were very interesting, informative and useful. I really enjoyed it, thank you!"

"Please convey all my appreciation for yesterday's information session to Gerry and Paul. Drainage and sewage collection is not part of my field of expertise, but I did find the information clear and easy to understand, and the pointers to be very relevant. Indeed the work that the three of you did answered many of the questions I had accumulated through my years of inspecting and contracting. I am definitively looking forward to a tour of the Expocrete facility, which I am sure will be of the calibre of the Souris Valley Industries tour last year."


Precon Precast Products October 14

On October 14, ten visitors from the faculty of Lethbridge College and partnered engineering firms toured Precon’s production facility near Lethbridge, AB. Scott Cunningham, Production/Systems Manager with Precon, led the tour. Jason Veres with Precon explained different quality control procedures and demonstrated a Concrete Cylinder Compressive Strength test. 

During the tour, visitors witnessed the dry-cast production of manhole components, and learned about various aspects of producing precast concrete products, including pre-benching manhole bases and reinforcing cage assembly. 

Custom and stock

Drycast production of
manhole risers

Concrete cylinder after 
Compressive Strength

Precon Precast Products

On August 4Lethbridge College faculty and various engineering consulting firms toured the Precon facility just outside of Lethbridge, AB. Scott Cunningham, Production/Systems Manager with Precon, led the tour. Randy Slawosky, Cody Kibala, and Jason Veres with Precon were also present during the tour to answer questions. The tour featured production of a variety of custom and stock precast concrete products including pre-benching of manhole bases and reinforcing cage assembly. The tour included an overview of quality control procedures and the a concrete cylinder compressive strength test.

learns about pre-benched
manhole bases

zero-slump concrete used
in dry-cast production

Concrete cylinder following
the Compressive Strength

Inland Pipe Calgary Plant Tour September 29

Seven guests from the City of Chestermere and Chestermere Utilities Incorporated toured the Inland Pipe production facility in Calgary, AB on September 29. The tour was led by Inland Pipe representatives Justin Arnott, Technical Marketing & Engineering Manager and Tannis Karklin, Technical Sales and Marketing E.I.T.

Visitors had a close-up look at different production aspects, including dry-cast manhole components and concrete pipe, reinforcing cages with the MBK machine, and the pre-benching procedure for manhole bases. Visitors witnessed a 3-Edge Bearing test that verified both the design load and ultimate strength of a reinforced concrete pipe.

Reinforcing cage produced
on MBK machine 

Zero slump concrete for
Drycast production 

3 EB test

Inland Pipe Company

Inland Pipe in Calgary, AB hosted 17 visitors from the City of Calgary and various engineering consulting firms on August 10. Derek Light, Technical Marketing & Engineering Manager with Inland Pipe led the tour group. Tannis Karklin with Inland Pipe was also present to answer questions. The group witnessed the dry-cast production of manhole components and concrete pipe, reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine, the pre-benching procedure of manhole bases, and a 3-Edge Bearing test to verify both the design load and the ultimate strength of the pipe. 

Production of reinforcing
cages using the MBK

Ultimate strength 3- Edge
Bearing Test of Class III
900mm RCP

Newly formed concrete pipe

Lafarge Pipe Calgary

Twenty-three guests from the City of Calgary, Rockyview County, and several engineering consulting firms toured the Lafarge Pipe facility in Calgary, AB on August 16, 2016. Kyle Mailey, Production Superintendent, and Scott Morgan, Maintenance Manager with Lafarge Pipe guided the group through the plant. Brad Gammill, Ben Bayat, Dale Orcajada, and Brayden Eurich with Lafarge Pipe were on the tour to answer questions. Visitors learned about Lafarge’s products, observed the dry-cast production of manhole risers and RCP, watched reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine, and learned about the process of pre-benching manhole bases and manufacturing custom pieces like pipe bends. The group witnessed the verification of the strength of the RCP with a 3-Edge Bearing Test.

Pre-benching process for 
manhole bases

3-Edge Bearing test

Reinforcing cage produced
with MBK machine

Proform Precast Products

Thirteen representatives from the City of Red Deer and Alberta Transportation toured the Proform Precast facility in Red Deer County, AB on August 30, 2016. Brian Fogarty, Production Superintendent and Ron Reeves, Head Estimator with Proform led the tour. Curtis Bouteiller, Randy Odishaw, and Richard Kobetitch, also with Proform, were present during the tour to answer questions. The group observed the dry-cast manufacturing of manhole risers, bases, grade adjustment rings and conical tops, and the wet-cast production of a 12-foot diameter slab top. The group learned about the assembling of the reinforcing cages and the pre-benching process of the manhole bases. The tour included a demonstration of proper gasket placement on manhole sections.

The pre-benching process
for manholes

Form is being removed
from the newly-formed
manhole base

Lafarge Pipe, Edmonton

On August 31, 2016, two groups toured the Lafarge Pipe facility in Edmonton, AB. The 15 visitors were representatives of the City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, University of Alberta and various consulting engineering firms. Nick Coffin, an Engineer-in-Training in Technical Resources at Lafarge Pipe, guided the groups through the plant. The group observed dry-cast production of manhole grade adjustment rings and various sizes of pipe, reinforcing cage production with the MBK machine. In addition, the group witnessed the design load and ultimate strength test of a reinforced concrete pipe in a 3-Edge Bearing test.

Dry-cast production of
manhole grade adjustment

The MBK machine is
forming a circular
reinforcing cage




Canadian Concrete Pipe & Precast Association

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