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

OSSGA Updates

Government introduces new Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (ARMMA), 2016 – Bill 39

On October 6th the long-awaited new Aggregate Resources Act amendment was tabled in the Ontario Legislature.  A detailed summary of Bill 39 has been posted to the EBR along with notice of a 60 day public review period.  Comments are due on December 5, 2016. From first appearances, the new Act provides the Minister with substantially more power.  The biggest implication for producers is that the legislation provides the opportunity for MNRF to require additional studies and updated site plans of existing licences at any time.  Many other changes also have the potential for significant impact to operators but the full effect will not be known until the regulations are developed.

OSSGA will convene an ad hoc task force to review the legislation in detail.  The task force will be developing comments on the legislation as well as meeting with MNRF to discuss the many implications of the new Act.  The Read More button below points to the EBR listing and provides a good summary.  The EBR also has a Policy Decision Notice on the Blueprint for Change which discusses the effects of consultation.


OMB Review Focuses on Scope and Effectiveness of Board

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has announced a review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  The OMB Review focuses on the scope of land use planning matters that may come before the Board and the effectiveness of how the board operates. This review is open to everyone.  A discussion paper released by MMA sets out a number of ideas about the types of changes that could be made including:

  • allowing for more meaningful and less costly resident participation 
  • giving more weight to local decisions and allowing alternative ways to settle disputes 
  • bringing fewer municipal and provincial decisions to the OMB
  • supporting clearer and more predictable decision-making

The EBR posting is available here, and the public consultation document is available by clicking read more below:


Coordinated Provincial Plan Review

OSSGA is in the final stages of preparing its submission on the Coordinated Provincial Plan Review.  Some members have requested a copy of the OSSGA response to use as a basis for their own submissions. The document is going to the OSSGA Board for final approval and should be ready for distribution to the membership the week of October 17th.


Local Artist Creates Unique Display With Concrete Cubes

OSSGA is in the final stages of preparing its submission on the Coordinated Provincial Plan Review.  Some members have requested a copy of the OSSGA response to use as a basis for their own submissions. The document is going to the OSSGA Board for final approval and should be ready for distribution to the membership the week of October 17th.


Start planning what to wear on the red carpet – It’s Award Season!

The OSSGA  Industry Recognition Awards Program recognizes a wide range of activities that contribute to a progressive image of our member aggregate producers and the aggregate industry as a whole.  A key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation. Each of the awards is described briefly on our website, and members are invited to download a copy of OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program Guide for full details of submission requirements.  This year, award submissions are being accepted on-line, so uploading your photos and submissions will be fast and easy.  If you have any questions about the awards, please contact Sharon Armstrong at or at 647 727 8775.  Submissions are due in November – so if you haven’t taken photos already, get out there before the season changes!

Industry News

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

The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), brought into force June 1st, 2015, applies not only to companies that mine for gold, silver and diamonds, but also producers of sand, salt, gravel and limestone. The Government of Canada has developed guidance and technical reporting specification documents to help companies to prepare a report. For most companies, their first report is due by May, 2017 reporting on payments made in 2016.   OSSGA has requested an information session be set up with Natural Resources Canada to answer questions about the new requirements.  NRCan has said it will host a session in early December.  More details to follow.


The Changing Workplaces Review

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is currently undertaking a review of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA) through its Changing Workplaces Review (CWR). The Special Advisors that oversee the Review have released their Interim Report and it contains a number of policy options that could negatively impact workers’ rights and the ability of employers to create jobs and grow the economy.  The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has struck a coalition of Ontario’s leading employers, as well as industry and sector associations through the Keep Ontario Working Group.  OSSGA is monitoring this issue and will provide the OCC submission when complete.

More Environmental Bill of Rights Postings

MOECC Changes Fees for Registering on EASR

The ministry is making changes to the fees for registering on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). The original EASR fee of $1,190 was implemented on November 18, 2012. The ministry has completed a fee review and found that the ministry is on track to achieve full cost recovery while balancing business and public expectations.  To remain on-track and continue the momentum towards full cost recovery, the ministry is renewing its EASR fee. The revised fee design takes into consideration two new Water Taking EASRs implemented on April 1, 2016, and the new Air and Noise Emissions EASR scheduled for implementation in January 2017. The new fee structure will come into effect on December 1, 2016. Details on the revised EASR fee structure can be found by clicking read more below.


Policy Decision Notice:  Climate Change Discussion Paper

The MOECC received more than 500 responses to its discussion paper on climate change. A summary of the comments is available on the EBR posting at the link below.


Aggregates 101

OSSGA invites you and your staff to attend the Aggregates 101 Training on October 18, 2016.  Space is limited and we often sell out. Content for the training includes the a to z of the business:  Definitions - sand & gravel, quarry, recycled aggregate, products and more; different uses of material; importance of aggregate industry to communities; aggregate licensing; compliance; health and safety; staffing; delivery of product; aggregate processing including stripping, drilling, blasting, crushing and more; quality control and  specifications; controls, obligations and best practices.  Price includes refreshments all day, lunch and copies of handouts.

October 18th
Mississauga, ON
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November 2nd
Sudbury, ON
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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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Book Your Rooms Early for two great events in 2017!

January 25 – 26, 2017 Operations, Health and Safety Seminar Hotel Room Block at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel - $152 a night plus tax. Book here

OSSGA Conference and AGM will be held at the Westin Ottawa, February 15 – 17, 2017.  Come early to enjoy Winterlude, stay later for the family day long weekend! - $199 a night plus tax. Book here


Hidden Quarry OMB hearing on hold pending bylaw decision

An Ontario Municipal Board hearing into the Hidden Quarry near Rockwood, Ont., is on hold while the vice chair rules on how a bylaw passed by Guelph-Eramosa Township in August could affect proceedings. But even if there's a hiccup in the hearing, the company that wants to create the quarry is prepared to wait. "The laws in Ontario are complicated, so all we really want is our day in court, I think that's all the opponents want is their day in court. It's a matter of whether we get there sooner or get there later," Greg Sweetnam, vice president of James Dick Construction, said Thursday outside the Guelph-Eramosa Township offices where the hearing is being held.

Greenbelt Boundary Under Pressure

An environmental organization, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, says public pressure is needed to ensure the provincial government remains vigilant about protecting the Greenbelt from urban development. The group has put together a map to give a sense of the hundreds of requests by developers and municipalities to remove protected lands of varying sizes.

Opposition Grows to Wiarton-area Quarry

It was a full house at the South Bruce Peninsula council chambers in Wiarton when discussion of a proposed quarry site north of the community on Highway 6, came up on the agenda. The citizens were looking for support from the town to oppose the project, put forward by the applicant. They didn't go away disappointed as council etched in stone that they were against such a quarry.

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