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OSSGA Updates

LAST CALL - Update on Aggregate Resources Act Review

Just a reminder that the Justice Committee has 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 on February 23rd and in addition to our submission, we have submitted our proposed actual wording changes to Bill 39 to Minister McGarry.

Members who are interested in coordinating their presentations to the committee with OSSGA’s message can contact Norm Cheesman at


Thank You to All Our OSSGA Conference and AGM Attendees!

OSSGA would like to send our sincere thanks to all members for attending our 2017 Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference (ongoing!) is a great success with many excellent speakers, events and networking opportunities. Thank you to our members who make these events so fun. If you were unable to attend, be sure to register for our 2018 Conference and AGM at Deerhurst Resort. We look forward to seeing you there! 



Safe Work Practices for the Aggregates Industry

The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) has created a health and safety manual specific to the aggregates industry.

Safe Work Practices for the Aggregates Industry (M075) provides workers with guidelines for performing their work safely. With 26 chapters, this is a comprehensive health and safety resource. It covers not only common worksite hazards but also hazards specific to the aggregates industry.

If you are an IHSA member, this manual is free to order. To learn more, visit


Amendments to O.Reg 524/98

A decision has been made to implement the proposal to amend O. Reg. 524/98 to the Environmental and Regulatory registries that would expand the list of exemptions from section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). O.Reg. 14/17, amending O. Reg. 524/98 came into force on February 3, 2017. 

While these amendments may not significantly impact the aggregate industry, they will reduce the regulatory burden on more complex activities whose emissions will still require the approval of an Environmental Compliance Approval. The regulation can be found on the government’s e-Laws website:


Congratulations to Our Student Design Winners!

The Student Design Competition recognizes the most innovative designs for the ecological revitalization of a former pit or quarry. This year, students were challenged to create site plans for Nelson Aggregate’s Burlington Quarry on the Niagara Escarpment.


Congratulations to Luke Elwood, Emily Dixon and mike Hukezalie from the University of Guelph for winning 1st place in the OSSGA Student Design Competition for their Stonecliff Hatchery design. 

Second place went to Michael Laszczuk, Stephen O’Neill and Luozijie Xie of the University of Guelph for their Connection Habitat Regatta design.

And finally, third place was awarded to Brianna Collis & Daniel Rotsztain of the University of Guelph for their Mount Nemo Memorial Gardens design.

Thank you to all our student design competition entries – we received many incredible designs and work. We look forward to seeing your designs for next year!

Congratulations to Our Industry Recognition Award Winners!

We’d like to extend our congratulations to OSSGA’s Industry Award winners for their excellence in Community Relations, Progress Rehabilitation, Property Enhancement and Environmental Achievement. Our Industry Award winners were recognized at OSSGA’s 2017 Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario. Stay tuned for a full list of winners.

Partner Corner


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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 is open 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

Certified Training

Generic First Line Supervisor Training
Next training: March 27-29, 2017

This program is intended for supervisors directly employed by a Surface Mining Company who supervise workers on the surface of an operation. This all-new, three-day training session will cover the following six modules:

U6300—Follow Safety Program
U6301—Prepare for Emergencies
U6302—Follow Health & Hygiene Procedures/Guidelines
U6303—Practice Effective Communication
U6304—Manage Work Area Activities
U6305—Manage Employees

For more information visit:

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