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This issue contains articles that your Operations, HR, Compliance and Environmental employees may be interested in!

OSSGA Updates

ARA Legislative Update

OSSGA committees are continuing to work on our response to the legislation introduced last month.  On October 27th, Minister McGarry rose in the house to move second reading of Bill 39.  In her remarks, she noted that:

“Ontario’s population is projected to grow by 4.2 million people by the year 2041. Our government is working to meet the demands that will come with that growth throughout the province. We are making the single largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history: about $160 billion over 12 years. The infrastructure needed for this growth will require a steady, consistent, accessible supply of aggregate resources.

To ensure we are removing and using this resource in a responsible way as we build Ontario up, it is important for Ontario to have a modern, effective and efficient framework for the management of aggregates. This proposed legislation, if passed, would allow for the creation of such a framework. I live on a road with two gravel pits on it in my township of North Dumfries. My township is one of the top aggregate-producing municipalities in the province of Ontario, so I understand from many different aspects how important this new proposed bill is.”

Click read more below for the full transcript of her comments.  Staff of MNRF are joining OSSGA today in Barrie to provide an overview of the legislation.


Invasive Species Act

The Invasive Species Act came into regulation November 3, 2016. This act and regulation will help Ontario protect native species and ecosystems and safeguard natural resource-based activities like forestry and fishing.  Visit the Invasive Species Centre to learn the top 10 things you need to know about Ontario's Invasive Species Act.


Call for Proposals for the Species At Risk Research Fund for Ontario

The MNRF is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Species at Risk Research Fund for Ontario (SARRFO). Applications must be received by December 15, 2016. SARRFO supports the protection and recovery of species at risk by funding high quality scientific research that addresses key threats, knowledge gaps, and informs better species protection and management. For more information, please contact Kim Jaxa-Debicki at 705-755-5506 or


Cap and Trade Program Regulations

Proposed amendments to the Cap and Trade Program Regulations aim to ensure fair and equitable treatment of capped emitters in the cap and trade program, clarify rules on technical and administrative requirements for capped emitters and support the future linking of Ontario’s program with the programs of Quebec and California. The MOECC is seeking comments on proposed amendments until December 4, 2016 (EBR # 012-8953).


Safe Harbour Policy

The Safe Harbour Policy was posted to the EBR (#012-8234) on November 4, 2016. The MNRF is looking for comments on the draft policy until January 18, 2017. Safe harbour may be relevant to land owners who are interested in creating, or in limited circumstances enhancing, species at risk habitat on their property, but have concerns about how this could restrict future land use.  Under the Endangered Species Act, safe harbour instruments are intended to alleviate some of these concerns, provided conditions are met.

Industry News

Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward

The 2015 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward scenario for Ontario projects slower overall construction growth across the 2015-2024 outlook period, with isolated market challenges. Major projects start up, peak and wind down in some regions, while in others they move more evenly across the period, raising investment and employment to new, historic high levels.


Toronto transit plan clears major hurdle at council

Mayor John Tory’s signature rail plan cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday, as council rejected an attempt to delay its approval and endorsed a controversial agreement with the province to advance its completion. The terms of the agreement, which passed with the support of three quarters of council, set out cost-sharing arrangements between the city and the Ontario government for more than $11 billion worth of transit projects, including planned LRT lines and a scaled down version of the SmartTrack proposal Tory promised during the campaign.

Partner Corner

MAAP Project 15-11: Township of Arthur, Wellington County

This expansive 10 ha legacy pit was highly visible to anyone travelling down County Road 19. The landowner was currently using the pit as pastureland but a 10 acre portion that was prone to seasonal flooding and multiple pit faces made much of the pasture impractical. Over 40,000m3 of earth was moved to rehabilitate this site. While it will be awhile before the site will be able to support livestock grazing, it is now well on the way to being able to do so from a relatively barren, unused part of the farm.


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!


Generic Supervisor Training Course
November 14th,  Mississauga

This program is intended for supervisors directly employed by a surface mining company.  Topics include: Follow Safety Program, Prepare for Emergencies, Follow Health & Hygiene, Practice Effective Communication, Manage Work Area Activities and Manage Employees.

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OSSGA Common Core Training
November 17th, Mississauga
Hurry – limited spaces!

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that anyone working on a surface mining site must have this important training!  Modules include core knowledge, fire extinguisher procedures, personal accountability, operating tools, PPE, basic medical emergencies and more…

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Environmental Management at Pits & Quarries
November 22 and 23, Mississauga

Back by popular demand – an up-to-date overview of the current environment management requirements of a pit or quarry from industry experts. Perfect for those responsible for environmental compliance but also great for Operations Managers and New Employees! If you haven’t already attended this event in the past then save-the-date, you don’t want to miss out. Stay-tuned for new agenda items including presentations from regulators.

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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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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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Province conducting review of OMB

The provincial government is conducting a review of and looking at potential reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board, an appointed body which hears appeals on land use decisions made by municipal councils, and Haliburton County is weighing in. “This review is seeking ways to build on past changes so that the OMB can continue to contribute within the land use planning system,” reads a report from county planner Charlsey White that county councillors accepted during an Oct. 26 meeting. “Accordingly, the government is undertaking consultations and seeking input on potential reforms.” One of those potential reforms is the public funding of appeals on planning decisions, something councillors were staunchly opposed to.

Springwater gravel pit owners move forward with OMB appeal

Gravel pit owner Dave Eek didn’t have much to add after the first prehearing into his application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Eek owns the John Eek and Son Ltd. sand and gravel pit in Springwater Township and has applied for OMB intervention after the township rejected his expansion request.

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