Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility



  • 11 Aug 2015 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA proudly welcomes CAEPLA to the CCGA Board of Directors! 

    Representing the safety interests of transmission pipeline landowners across Canada, CAEPLA's involvement on the CCGA Board will help to ensure there is active landowner engagement on national damage prevention initiatives such as the ongoing development of the CCGA's Best Practices; and, the promotion, use and simplified access to the damage prevention process.

    "Up until now", explains Dr. Dave Baspaly, Chair of the CCGA, "the landowner's damage prevention perspective has not been individually represented on the CCGA Board of Directors - and that was a problem. To respond, we specifically made room within our governance to accommodate the landowner demographic on our Board." 

    Mike Sullivan, CCGA Executive Director, continued, "The Common Ground Alliance is about inclusion. With every like-minded Association we engage, the closer we get to realizing our commonly shared objectives of public, worker and community safety; and, the prevention of damage to Canada's critical buried infrastructure."

    The CCGA's next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled October 6th in Montreal and will coincide with the CCGA's 3rd Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium.

  • 10 Jul 2015 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of the CCGA's ongoing efforts to expand our damage prevention "reach", we are honoured to welcome The Railway Association of Canada to the CCGA Board of Directors!

    Canada's railways employ more than 33,000 people and support an additional 60,000 direct and indirect jobs in the railway supply industry. 

    With the addition of the Railway Association of Canada to the Board, the CCGA's estimated reach is 1.5 million Canadians!

  • 26 May 2015 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CSA Z247 was published today and is available for purchase HERE. French Translation will begin shortly with publication later this summer.

    CSA Z247 is the first Damage Prevention Standard in Canada. It articulates the damage prevention process and elements that when consistently applied will reduce damages to Canada's underground infrastructure enhancing public, worker and community safety, preserving the environment and ultimately, saving lives.

    The CCGA wishes to acknowledge CSA Z247's sponsors - the National Energy Board, Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association. Without their involvement from concept to completion, this Standard would not have been realized.

    Mike Sullivan

    Chair - CSA Z247

    Executive Director - CCGA

  • 20 Jan 2015 6:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On December 16, 2014, Senator Grant Mitchell delivered this speech in the Senate commending the report and recommendations to all Senators.

    It was moved by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, that the ninth report of the standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, entitled Digging Safely: One-Call Notification Systems and the Prevention of Damage to Canada's Buried Infrastructure, tabled in the Senate on December 3, 2014, be adopted by the Senate.

    The motion was agreed and the report was adopted.

  • 19 Jan 2015 7:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA released an update today to its 2013 Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

    The CCGA released an update to its National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure today. The updated information includes damages per 1,000 notifications as well as damages per 1,000 locates.

  • 03 Dec 2014 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Standing Senate Committee on Energy the Environment and Natural Resources released its report today on One-Call Services and Damage Prevention Best Practices. The report, entitled Digging Safely: One Call Notification Systems and the Prevention of Damage to Canada's Critical Buried Infrastructure includes the following four recommendations:


    1. That the federal government reference the CSA Z247 standard for protection and prevention of damage to buried infrastructure in relevant federal legislation and encourage provinces and territories to reference the standard in legislation.

    2. That buried facilities on federal land be registered with a provincial or territorial one-call service; and that the federal government require anyone undertaking construction or excavation on federal land to call a one-call service, where one exists.

    3. That the federal government require all owners of federally regulated buried infrastructure to become members of a provincial or territorial one-call service, where one exists.

    4. That the federal government introduce a conditional provincial/territorial grant dependent on the adoption of legislation requiring the mandatory participation of all owners and/or operators of underground facilities and excavators in a prescribed one-call service. The grant would be available to assist one-call centres with training, innovation, education and public awareness.


    Le Comité sénatorial permanent de l'énergie, de l'environnement et des ressources naturelles a rendu public son rapport sur les services de centre d'appels à numéro unique et les bonnes pratiques en matière de prévention de dommages. Le rapport intitulé, Creuser en toute sécurité, fait état des éléments suivants : ce rapport sur les centres d'appels à numéro unique et la prévention de dommages aux infrastructures souterraines au Canada comprend les quatre recommandations suivantes :


    1. Que le gouvernement fédéral ajoute une référence à la norme CSA Z247 pour la protection des infrastructures souterraines et la prévention des dégâts à celles-ci dans les lois fédérales pertinentes et encourage les provinces et les territoires à ajouter une référence à la norme dans leurs lois.

    2. Que les infrastructures souterraines se trouvant sur les terres fédérales soient enregistrées auprès d’un centre d’appels uniques provincial ou territorial; et que le gouvernement fédéral oblige toute personne entreprenant des travaux de construction ou d’excavation sur une terre fédérale à communiquer avec un centre d’appels uniques, sur les territoires où ce type de service existe.

    3. Que le gouvernement fédéral oblige tous les propriétaires d’infrastructures souterraines visées par la réglementation fédérale à adhérer à un centre d’appels uniques provincial ou territorial, sur les territoires où ce type de service existe.

    4. Que le gouvernement fédéral offre une subvention provinciale/territoriale conditionnelle à l’adoption d’une loi exigeant la participation de tous les propriétaires et/ou les exploitants d’infrastructures souterraines et des excavateurs à un centre d’appels uniques déterminé. La subvention appuierait les activités des centres d’appels uniques liées à la formation, à l’innovation et à la sensibilisation.

  • 07 Nov 2014 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA released the 2013 National Report on Damage to Underground Infrastructure at the 2014 CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium. The analysis is a compendium and comparative analysis of 2013 DIRT data results from Québec, Ontario and British Columbia; representing roughly 75% of the Canadian population.

    The report also includes limited data from Alberta. While it is unlikely that Alberta data reflects actual damages in the province, the CCGA chose to provide Alberta data for information purposes only.


    Le CCGA a rendu public, lors du symposium 2014 du CCGA sur la prévention des dommages, le Rapport national en matière de dommages aux infrastructures souterraines pour l'année 2013. L'analyse est un recueil des résultats de données du DIRT de l'année 2013 et une analyse comparative de celles-ci pour les provinces du Québec, de l'Ontario et de la Colombie-Britannique. Ces provinces représentent 75 % de la population canadienne.

    Des données restreintes provenant de la province de l'Alberta sont également incluses dans ce rapport. Bien qu'il soit peu probable que ces dernières reflètent les dommages réels survenus dans cette province, le CCGA a choisi de les inclure à titre d'information seulement. 

  • 03 Nov 2014 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA is pleased to announce completion of the CCGA Best Practice Harmonization Project and release of The CCGA Best Practices - Volume 1.0! The CCGA unveiled Volume 1.0 at the 2014 Damage Prevention Symposium in Banff, Alberta October 29, 2014.

    Best Practice Volume 1.0 (English) is available HERE for download (PDF). French translation is underway and will be posted to the CCGA News and social media feeds when completed. The CCGA will provide advance notice when new versions of the Best Practices are to be released.

    To order printed copies of The CCGA Best Practices Volume 1.0, please email Cost per book is $10.00 CDN and includes shipping and handling.

    Stay up-to-date - follow the CCGA on Twitter and Facebook!

  • 03 Oct 2014 5:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Common Ground Alliance released the 2013 DIRT Report earlier this week. As reported by CGA President, Bob Kipp, "There is plenty of encouraging news in this report, starting with the finding that damages are down by approximately 5% compared to last year. With incoming tickets up 8% year over year and construction spending also up, this is a very encouraging statistic."

    Although the 2013 DIRT Report offers data that is relevant to Canadian operations, governance and legislative differences between Canada and the United States present a challenge to fully integrate the report's findings into the complete spectrum of Canada's damage prevention initiatives. In that context, the CCGA is developing a comparison between the 2013 DIRT Report's findings relative to the CCGA's 2013 National Report on Damage to Buried Infrastructure and will post here at a later date.

  • 30 Apr 2014 8:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call, Click or Tap the App

    Buried Infrastructure is Everywhere - and So are We!

    Traditionally, damage prevention has been all about "Call Before You Dig", but as the song goes, "the times they are a-changing". Today, there are options. The age of technology delivers rapid change and nothing stays the same for very long. In that light, more people are choosing to "Click" or even "Tap" before they dig than ever before.

    It was with this in mind that the CCGA embarked on a project to develop a timeless damage prevention process trigger because no matter what technology brings, a responsible person will always have to do "something" before they dig.

    Today, it's either "Call, Click or Tap the App".

    The CCGA's "Before You Dig" brand takes into account the multiple, simplified access points to trigger that process, and it also takes into account the ease of rotating old for new access points. For example, had the CCGA created the Before You Dig brand in 2012, a Fax icon might have appeared in place of the App icon. Just a few short years later, however, two of Canada's major One-Call centres have eliminated fax locate requests; and, locate requests processed through the web continue to overtake phone-based locate requests by a wide and growing margin.


    Please Download - it's Free!

    The CCGA is making this brand available for you for free to unify promotion of the damage prevention process and promote simplified access. Please download the brand and use it in your awareness and education programs, your websites, pamphlets, email signatures and all damage prevention promotional materials. We also ask you to please respect the usage guide. Any unauthorized use of the CCGA's Before You Dig brand will be pursued.

    Download english and french versions below.  Included file formats are: JPEG, PDF (vector)

    Multiple access points:

    If you prefer to Click Before You Dig, please go to Click on the province you're working in to begin your locate request. When you Click Before You Dig, you can request your locate 24hrs/day, 7 days/wk (including holidays) and you will never be placed on-hold.

    If you prefer to Call Before You Dig, consult your local One-Call Service, or go There, you can click on your respective province to find information about your local One-Call service including their toll-free phone number.

    If you'd like to Tap Before You Dig, please note that an App is only available in Quebec right now but more provincial Apps are coming! Alberta is next to roll-out an App this fall.

    Remember, requesting a locate today doesn't mean you will be digging tomorrow. Please make note of provincial requirements for making your locate request.

    The Damage Prevention Process, in its most simple form, is:
    1. Request a locate (Call, Click or Tap the App)
    2. Wait the required time
    3. Dig with care
    4. Live


    Le CCGA procède au lancement de sa marque nationale afin de déclencher le processus de prévention des dommages

    Appelez, cliquez ou lancez l'application

    Les infrastructures souterraines sont partout - et nous aussi !

    Historiquement, la prévention de dommages a été axée sur « Appelez avant de creuser », mais puisque les temps évoluent, nous avons décidé d'en faire autant. Aujourd'hui, nous disposons de plusieurs options. Grâce à l'évolution technologique, tout est en constante mutation. Dans ce contexte, plus que jamais, les gens choisissent de cliquer sur l'onglet demande de localisation de notre site Web ou même de lancer l'application avant de creuser.

    C'est avec ceci en tête que le CCGA a lancé le projet visant à développer un déclenchement naturel du processus de prévention de dommages, car peu importe les nouvelles percées technologiques, une personne responsable fera toujours « quelque chose » avant de creuser.

    Aujourd'hui, c'est : appelez, cliquez ou lancez l'application.

    La marque « Avant de creuser » du CCGA prend en considération les points d'accès multiples et simplifiés afin de déclencher le processus de prévention. Il a aussi pris en considération la facilité de passer d'anciens points d'accès à de nouveaux. À titre d'exemple, si le CCGA avait créé la marque « Avant de creuser » en 2012, il y aurait eu l'icône d'un télécopieur au lieu de celui de l'application. Toutefois, à peine deux ans plus tard, deux des plus gros centres d'appel unique du Canada ont éliminé les demandes de localisation faites par télécopieur. Par ailleurs, les demandes de localisation faites sur le Web surpassent de plus en plus les demandes faites par téléphone.

    Veuillez télécharger - c'est gratuit !

    Le CCGA vous permet d'accéder gratuitement à sa marque afin de consolider le processus de prévention de dommages et de promouvoir l'accès simplifié. Veuillez télécharger l'application de la marque et utilisez-la lors de programmes de sensibilisation et de formation, sur votre site Web, dans vos dépliants, dans votre signature électronique et sur tout votre matériel promotionnel axé sur la prévention de dommages. Nous vous demandons également de respecter le guide d'utilisation. Toute utilisation non autorisée de la marque « Avant de creuser » du CCGA fera l'objet de poursuites.


    Téléchargez la version anglaise et française ci-dessous.  Les formats de fichiers sont les suivants : JPEG, PDF (vecteur)

    Points d'accès multiples :

    Si vous préférez utiliser le portail « Cliquez avant de creuser », allez sur notre site Web au : Cliquez sur la province où vous travaillez afin de commencer votre demande de localisation. L'utilisation du portail « Cliquez avant de creuser » vous permet de faire une demande de localisation 24 h par jour, 7 jours sur 7 (incluant les jours fériés) et vous ne serez jamais mis en attente.

    Si vous préférez utiliser le service « Appelez avant de creuser », appelez l'un de nos centres d'appel unique ou allez sur notre site Web au Une fois sur le site, vous pouvez cliquer sur votre province afin de trouver les informations concernant votre centre d'appel unique, incluant leur numéro sans frais.

    Si vous préférez « Lancez l'application avant de creuser », il est important de noter que cette dernière n'est offerte qu'au Québec pour l'instant, mais d'autres applications provinciales devraient être disponibles sous peu ! L'Alberta offrira l'application dès cet automne.

    Notez bien qu'une demande de localisation faite aujourd'hui ne veut pas dire que vous pourrez creuser dès demain. Veuillez tenir compte de la législation provinciale lorsque vous faites une demande de localisation.

    Voici le processus de prévention de dommages dans sa forme la plus simple :

    1. Faites une demande de localisation (appelez, cliquez ou lancez l'application)
    2. Attendez le délai requis
    3. Creusez intelligemment
    4. Restez en vie

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