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OSSGA Updates

Bill 39 - OSSGA's submission to the amendments to the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2016

Bill 39 is "enabling" legislation that will provide new powers to the Minister, with the details of those powers to be addressed through regulation, standards and policies to be developed at a later date. Given this phased approach, OSSGA’s submission proposes changes to the legislation to include language and enough detail to help forestall any unintended consequences in the future.

OSSGA’s top three recommendations were to:

  • Amend section 62.4 of Bill 39 to remove the ability to require studies and reports to be submitted of existing licensees, and failing that, place conditions on when MNRF can do so
  • Ensure the definition of aggregate in section 71.1 be amended to clearly state that it is the amount of aggregate extracted from a site that counts towards the tonnage limit (thereby not including recycled or other material in the count)
  • Delete “adequate” in Bill 39 when referring to Aboriginal Consultation.

Bill 39 was referred to the Justice Committee after second reading. It initially appeared that hearings would be held on the Bill as early as this week, however it now seems more likely that committee hearings will take place in the New Year. We will keep you up to date.

In total, OSSGA made more than 25 recommendations regarding the Bill. Read the full submission by clicking read more below.


Meetings at Queen’s Park

A number of meetings have been held over the course of the past few weeks on the ARA Review as well as on the Coordinated Provincial Plan Review.  OSSGA delegations have had the opportunity to meet with staff at the Premier’s Office last week as well as senior staff in Minister McGarry (MNRF) and Minister Mauro’s (MMA) offices.

A meeting with senior officials on the Coordinated Provincial Plan Review will take place in early December. The full OSSGA Coordinated Plan Review submission is available by clicking read more below.


Halton Hills – Zoning Review Project

OSSGA is participating as a Project Liaison Committee member in the Town of Halton Hills Rural Policy and Zoning Review. This project will look at changes to the Halton Hills OP in relation to conformity with the regional OP.  Once information is made public OSSGA will include the links. In the meantime if you are an operator in Halton Hills please contact Mike Scott (


Safety Awards –

The OSSGA Individual and Lost Time Safety Awards submission form is now active. The nomination forms for both corporate (zero lost time) and individual achievements in safety are available online ONLY by clicking on the links below.

To apply for the OSSGA Safety Awards recognizing Zero Lost Time Injuries (LTI) for individual operations, please click here.

To apply for the OSSGA Individual Safety Award, please click here.

The deadline for submission is Dec 9, 2016


OMB Review

OSSGA has set up an committee to draft comments regarding the OMB review. Once comments are finalized we will post them to the OSSGA website. If you wish to submit comments please see the EBR posting by clicking read more below.  Comments are due December 19, 2016.


OSSGA Response to EBR Postings

OSSGA provided comments to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) on a Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario 2016-2030 (EBR # 012-7675) – see OSSGA response here,  and a Wildlife Management Strategy (EBR # 012-8249) – see OSSGA response here.


ESA Registry Updates

An updated version of the Endangered Species Act Registry was launched on November 21st. In this updated version, only those species eligible for your particular regulation provision will appear. This version is more user friendly and includes additional functions (such as activity specific eligibility questions),  notes regarding multiple regulatory requirements and additional clarity on expectations. There are also new forms for off-line registration and a user guide. 


Bank Swallow Draft Government Response

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is looking for comments on the draft government response statement for Bank Swallow (EBR # 012-7567). Comments must be submitted by December 12, 2016. The recovery strategy for Bank Swallow is available at: 

Industry News

Liberals launch Canadian Infrastructure Bank

We will establish the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to provide low-cost financing for new infrastructure projects. The federal government can use its strong credit rating and lending authority to make it easier and more affordable for municipalities to build the projects their communities need. Where a lack of capital represents a barrier to projects, the Canada Infrastructure Bank will provide loan guarantees and small capital contributions to provinces and municipalities to ensure that the projects are built.


The European Aggregates Association 2020 vision for a sustainable aggregates industry

The future of any profession depends on its ability to anticipate the needs of society and to innovate in a sustainable manner. For thousands of years, aggregates from quarries and sand pits are the foundation of buildings and in­frastructure. 2.7 billion tonnes are needed each year to construct and maintain hos­pitals, schools, private homes, roads, railways, water channels, dams and dykes for flood protection, beach refurbishment and coastal protection. Aggregates are the most used bulk material on the planet. The question is not whether we need aggre­gates, but where and how to get the raw materials in the most sustainable way.


Mobile phones: managing the hazards

Mobile phone pose one of the biggest safety challenges for businesses involved in construction materials, write Mark A Lies and Adam Young at law firm Seyfarth Shaw. “Construction business today is regularly conducted through mobile phones, as a necessary tool for employees to communicate and access digital information. Bring your own device programmes and employee mobile phone use present a range of employment and labour liabilities for construction employers: smartphones can be a forum for employees to engage in protected concerted activity, an opportunity for unauthorised overtime work and a tool to access inappropriate images and harass co-workers.


OSHA’s silica rule explained

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its long-awaited final rule setting new workplace permissible exposure limits (PELs) for respirable crystalline silica. The new rule includes one standard for the construction industry and a separate standard for general industry and maritime employment. While the rule took effect on June 23, 2016, employers have some time to adjust. Compliance dates for different requirements are staggered, with a June 23, 2017 deadline for employers in the construction industry, and a June 23, 2018 deadline for those in general industry and maritime operations.

Partner Corner

MAAP Project 13-02b: Township of West Garafraxa, Wellington County

This gravel pit was 5 ha in size and visible from Wellington Road 19. The pit was returned to agriculture and trees were planted along the west side of the pit to extend the woodlot.


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!


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

Natural Resources Canada will be coming to the OSSGA offices on December 7th at 9:00 a.m. to deliver a session on ESTMA.  

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 need to find out how to ensure you are in compliance with this new federal legislation.

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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,. 

Come early to enjoy Winterlude, stay later for the family day long weekend! - $199 a night plus tax. Book here

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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


Grimsby council eagerly awaits answers on big asks from NEC

Mayor Bob Bentley has his fingers crossed.  He’s hoping that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has been hearing the Town’s concerns over the Greenbelt Plan and in December, might issue some changes to the boundaries. After years of negotiating with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing about issues with the Greenbelt, the Town of Grimsby is expecting to hear the final report of the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, which has been a province-wide study of the Oak Ridges Moraine, Greenbelt Plan, Limits to Growth Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

Township looks to fill old gravel pits, while asking for more time to consider new ones

Council is objecting to applications to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that would allow for the creation of the Cedar Creek and Alps gravel pits.

The new Cedar Creek pit would be 53.3 hectares, with extraction taking place on up to 43.3 hectares of land south of Cedar Creek Road, on the outskirts of Cambridge.

The new Alps Pit is proposed to sit on 51.3  hectares of land west of the Edworthy Sideroad and south of Cedar Creek Road, of which 40.4 hectares are proposed to be mined.

Residents troubled by Port Colborne quarry proposal

Port Colborne quarry neighbours are worried about changes proposed for the property at highways 3 and 140. There were many concerns and very few answers inside city council chambers Monday night when residents showed up to learn more about a proposal to rezone the mining property to permit heavy industrial uses. “When you don’t have the details, you have to assume the worst case,” said resident Harry Wells. Wells told council he had a list of 70 questions he wanted answers to.

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