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OSSGA Updates

Update on Aggregate Resources Act Review

OSSGA learned today that the Justice Committee has met and established a timeline for hearings on Bill 39. The Committee will meet for two days of hearings, Thursday, February 23rd and Thursday, March 2, 2017. Deadline for Requests to Appear are 12 noon on the Tuesday preceding the hearing. To submit your Request to Appear, please contact:

Christopher Tyrell, Committee Clerk, Legislative Assembly of Ontario
(416) 325-3883

All delegations will be given 10 minutes to present, with 3 minutes per caucus for questions to follow thereafter. The deadline for written submissions will be 6pm on March 2nd.

OSSGA has logged its request to appear with the Committee Clerk and in addition to submitting our brief to the EBR and to the Minister, has submitted our proposed actual wording changes to Bill 39 to Minister McGarry’s staff.


Meeting with MMA and MNRF on Co-ordinated Plan Review

OSSGA had a 90-minute meeting with senior officials from MMA and MNRF on December 7th to present our key recommendations contained in our detailed submission on the proposed changes to the 4 provincial plans.  A follow up meeting to deal with just the Niagara Escarpment Plan changes with MNRF officials is scheduled for early in the New Year.  A copy of that submission can be found by clicking read more below.



We recently had an opportunity to present the key recommendations in our ARA submission to the Board of Directors of the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA). The presentation was well received and lead to some interesting questions and discussion.  In late January, OSSGA and TAPMO will be making a joint presentation at the ROMA annual conference on the importance of the public and private sector working together.


Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) Guidance and Technical Reporting Specifications

Natural Resources Canada delivered a presentation at OSSGA offices to review the compliance requirements under the new Act.  If you are a public company – or a company where two out of three of these bullets apply:

  • Assets of more than $20 million dollars
  • Revenues of more than $40 million dollars
  • An average of more than 250 employees

You are urged to visit the NRCan website for general information, and for detailed reporting requirements and Guidance documents.  Reporting periods for companies with fiscal year ends in June should be reporting now.

Industry News

Passing of two long-standing friends of OSSGA

OSSGA has recently learned of the passing of two long-standing members of the Aggregate family.

Robert Lennie, a past-president of OSSGA (1977) passed away last week.  Through his work as a self-proclaimed “rock peddler”, he and his wife Jean made many lasting friendships.  A service for Bob was held last week.  A copy of his obituary can be found by clicking read more below, and the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th floor, Toronto M4R 1K8 or the Hamilton Downtown Family YMCA, 79 James Street South, Hamilton L8P 2Z1.

Dalton Hicks passed away peacefully on December 6th, surrounded by his family.  He was 88.  Dalt gave his time to this industry and his community which found him on the board of many associations including OSSGA, NGCOA, Griffith Island, York Central Hospital, Tryall Club in Jamaica, just to name a few. He will be missed by all who knew him as the very special man that had an impact on our lives. Dalt was an Honourary Lifetime Membership of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Assocation following a unanimous vote of the Board. Friends and family are invited to visit at MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill on Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on December 17th, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Richmond Hill United Church, 10201 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill. Reception to follow at Cardinal Golf Club, 2740 Davis Drive West. Private cremation.


Global aggregates market to reach 62.9 billion tonnes by 2024

Persistence Market Research Forecasts on Global Construction Aggregates Market says sand will record the maximum demand, recording an absolute incremental opportunity of nearly $ 89bn over 2016-2024.
Global construction aggregates market is anticipated to see year on year growth of 6.3% in 2016.


Water recycling and filtration for quarries

Efficient water recycling, management and filtration is a must for any quarry business looking to stay one step ahead of the competition. Guy Woodford reports on the sector’s latest news.
Baioni Environment, a division of Italian company, Baioni Crushing Plants, based in Le Marche, is launching its water treatment and washing products onto the Chinese quarrying market from its new branch office in Luoyang, Henan province.


Ontario’s Air Dispersion Models (O.Reg 419/05)

The MOECC will not be adopting updated versions of AERMOD/AERMET or ASHRAE air dispersion models in April 2017. The approved versions of these models under Local Air Quality Regulation (O.Reg 419/05) adopted on November 2, 2015 will remain unchanged. See EBR #012-5177 for more information or click read more below:

Partner Corner

Project 15-09a: Township of Egremont, Grey County

The MAAP program always asks if rehabilitation would do more harm than good before it puts equipment on a legacy site. Sometimes we make tough decisions that take down mature vegetation, but only after consultations with the landowner and an in-depth inventory of the site to ensure that rehabilitation will indeed better the land. This legacy site was well vegetated with many odd slopes, old stockpiles and eroded areas. MAAP was able to return this 1 ha site back into usable land and planted 100 trees to replace the ones that were lost.


The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC) in their MAAP program brings new life to legacy aggregate sites, as well as some of the progressive and final rehabilitation that is being done at licensed sites. Click read more for the before and afters!


OGRA’s “Snow How” campaign reminds drivers to drive safely this winter

Welcome to “Snow How,” a campaign by OGRA to remind drivers to safely navigate winter roads by slowing down, being patient and giving plows plenty of space.
We’re sharing the message across Ontario and equipping our members with tools to spread the word locally, with opportunities to direct people to your municipal website.
The campaign is social media-driven and easy to share on a variety of platforms. Please use #snowhow so we can create an Ontario-wide conversation raising awareness about safe winter driving. All of our videos are available on YouTube at We’ll also be on Twitter, @snowhow_ca and Instagram, For more information, or to get a hold of marketing material, check out OGRA's Snow How Page.


AGG 101 and AGG 201 are available Pre Ops Health & Safety!
January 24, 2017, Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel

Aggregates 101 - $225 + tax - only 30 spots

In-class education about the industry - definitions, licensing, staffing, processing, product delivery, quality control, specifications, best practices and more.

Aggregates 201 - $250 + tax - only 25 spots

This course is an expansion on 101 with an in-depth focus on operation and rehabilitation. Topics include drill and blast, load and haul, crushing, screening, product use and rehabilitation.

Register through the OPHS register button below…

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Operations, Health and Safety Seminar
January 25 – 26, 2017

Program details now available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what’s new in the industry, to network with your industry counterparts and to see what’s new in the vendor world.

Click here for the full brochure featuring our two exciting keynote speakers, Dr. Joe MacInnis, member of the Titanic Discovery Team, and Curtis Weber a workplace accident survivor.

Hotel Room Block at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel - $152 a night plus tax. Book here

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OSSGA Conference and AGM
February 15 – 17, 2017, Westin Ottawa. 

Canada’s Story is OSSGA’s Story! OSSGA welcomes its members to Ottawa to celebrate the building of our great nation out of good old-fashioned Canadian aggregate!  As the country commemorates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, OSSGA has created an agenda with a great cast of Canadian industry presenters, keynote speakers and entertainers.  The conference will explore emerging topics including working with the next generation, provide updates on major policy initiatives, enable important networking opportunities as well as skating on the canal, beaver tails and a full on Canadian Sports Party.

The full conference agenda is available here.

Come early to enjoy Winterlude, stay later for the family day long weekend! - $199 a night plus tax. Book your hotel room here, and register for conference by clicking below:

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OSSGA Technical Tour to South Carolina
October 16 – 19, 2017

Don’t forget to get your budget request in now for the OSSGA South Carolina Technical Tour. Sites include the Martin Marietta Berkeley Quarry which extracts limestone by both blasting and using a drag line.  You’ll visit the home of the biggest vertical cement mill in South Carolina, get an inside look at Komatsu’s Newberry Manufacturing Operation which has wheel loader and fork lift assembly lines, and more.    

Space is very limited and on a first-come first-served basis.  Registration opens December 2016 at a rate of only $2,850 Canadian.  Price includes return flight from Toronto to Charlotte, 3 nights’ accommodations, most meals, transportation in South Carolina, eight site tours and a thrilling outing at the BMW Performance Driving School.  Mark your calendars and watch for registration in December.  Have questions?  Contact Julie Harrington at


Demand for aggregate harming natural areas

A fight is brewing in Stanley over the destruction of bur oak woodland (CJ letter, Nov. 26). According to fieldwork conducted by the Natural Heritage Information Centre the prairie or savanna terrain is also home to about 25 grasses and wildflowers of which four have been designated as rare: Flodmann’s thistle, smooth fleabane, wild heliotrope and prairie june grass. Native grass species such as Hall’s fescue still dominate the open grasslands. What a magnificent natural heritage in Northern Ontario that even local residents and few in Thunder Bay know about it.

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