Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility



  • 15 Feb 2013 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Start the 2013 Construction Season off on the right foot at the ABCGA's Annual Safety Conference March 5th in Lethbridge, Alberta.

    The CCGA challenges our partners in safety to bring a friend, bring someone new and introduce them to the Alberta's damage prevention professionals who diligently work to protect the province's critical buried infrastructure, its integral and robust energy transportation system and our communities.

  • 05 Nov 2012 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance will unveil Canada's first ever "Click" Before You Dig service next spring!

    Please Click HERE for more information.

  • 27 Sep 2012 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA responded to the National Energy Board's request for comments  yesterday on the Board's proposed Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs).

    Click HERE to read the CCGA's comments to the NEB and click HERE for further information on the National Energy Board's Proposed AMPs.

    The CCGA sincerely appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with all buried utility stakeholders to further enhance the integrity of Canada's buried infrastructure.

  • 21 Sep 2012 6:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mr. Daryl Posehn has been appointed to the role of Executive Director.


    Please click HERE for more information.

  • 13 Aug 2012 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CSA Technical Committee Members, Bob Gaspirc & Laverne Hanley, are interviewed about CSA S250 - Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure.

    THIS video explains what CSA S250 is, the factors that drove the need to create the standard, who will use it; and, the impact it will have.

  • 01 Aug 2012 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Uncontrolled excavation, or undertaking a digging project without knowing the location of underground infrastructure (such as natural gas service lines, oil pipelines, electricity wires, and telecommunications wires) is the most frequent cause of damage to buried infrastructure. To minimize damages and ensure the highest level of productivity and public, worker, and community safety, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) argues that damage prevention legislation must be nationally consistent.

    The CCGA White Paper, Damage Prevention Legislation Elements Required for Canada, articulates a series of principles and specific elements for effective legislation that, along with other key elements like improved communication and the development of safe excavation best practices, would result in greater protection of underground infrastructure, and community safety.


    Please click HERE for the News Release.


    For more information, please contact Mike Sullivan




    L’identification, la localisation et le marquage de l’emplacement des infrastructures souterraines sont indispensables avant de commencer l’excavation peu importe s’il s’agit de travaux routiers, de construction résidentielle ou commerciale ou encore d'un projet résidentiel tel que la construction d'une clôture ou d’une terrasse. Le Canadian Common Ground Alliance soutient que l’adoption d’une législation et d'une réglementation efficaces et cohérentes au Canada améliorerait grandement les pratiques en matière d’excavation ainsi que la protection des grands réseaux canadiens d'infrastructures.


    Des exigences et une législation claires et cohérentes, telles que décrites dans le livre blanc du CCGA, réduiraient les dommages et augmenteraient la productivité des chantiers de construction, mais amélioreraient surtout la sécurité des travailleurs, du public et de la communauté.


    S'il vous plaît cliquer ICI pour le communiqué.


    Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Mike Sullivan

  • 17 Jul 2012 12:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The NEB begins consultations on a proposed approach to the development of an Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs). Please click HERE for the NEB's web posting. Click HERE for a link to the NEB's discussion paper.

    The Calgary Herald posted THIS STORY about the NEB's proposal to introduce AMPs July 16, 2012.

    The CCGA will be striking a task force to review the NEB's discussion paper and provide comment.

    Mike Sullivan - CCGA Chair
  • 20 Jun 2012 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MPP for Sarnia-Lambton, Bob Bailey, issued this Press Release yesterday.

    The CCGA wishes to recognize MPP Bailey for his leadership and collaborative work with the ORCGA and its safety partners in helping achieve this necessary goal!

    "This is a giant leap forward for damage prevention in Canada", says CCGA Chair and President of Alberta One-Call, Mike Sullivan. "It sets the bar for the rest of the country and provides us with a virtual roadmap to reach the same destination."

  • 14 Jun 2012 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA applauds the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance on its efforts to pass Bill 8 - Mandatory One-Call for Ontario. As reported by Enbridge Gas Distribution, all three political parties in Ontario worked together to achieve this important goal.

    One Call systems exist in the provinces of Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and in the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. Ontario's new legislation will lead to the implementation of a single 'One Call' system in the province making it easier for Ontarians to find out the location of underground infrastructure before they dig. Membership in the existing system is voluntary, and at times, Ontarians were required to make up to 13 separate calls to obtain this important information. All too often, this confusing process led to people digging without contacting local utilities for the location of underground wires, cables and pipes, a scenario that could be extremely dangerous or even deadly.

    Although some regulators of buried utilities require their regulated companies to belong to a provincial One-Call system, membership in One-Call systems across Canada is largely voluntary. Realizing a One Call System serving every province in Canada and Mandatory One-Call legislation are two of the CCGA's goals and it is hoped that Ontario's success will lead other provinces to follow the same path.

    Please click HERE for more details.

  • 17 Apr 2012 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Harper Government announced its Plan for Responsible Resource Development today. For the transmission pipeline industry, the Plan includes provisions of monetary penalties for violations of the National Energy Board Act.

    Below are two bullet points addressing the new provisions:

    • For the first time, authorizing the use of administrative monetary penalties for violations of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the National Energy Board Act. These penalties will be designed to address small contraventions quickly so that larger issues do not arise in the future. Further details on the penalties will be available once legislation is introduced;
    • The proposed penalties could range from $25,000 to a maximum of $100,000 for violations of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, and the National Energy Board Act, while the range of penalties under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act will be established through regulations;

    To see the full announcement, click HERE.


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