Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility



  • 14 Feb 2014 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A motion was adopted in the Senate yesterday authorizing the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources to examine and report on the current state of "One Call'' programs that identify critical underground infrastructure in Canada. In particular, the committee shall be authorized to:

    Examine the ease of access to One Call programs and their damage prevention procedures, with a view to facilitating One Call services;

    Examine best practice harmonization of underground protection practices and call-before-you-dig initiatives across federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government levels;

    Recommend specific measures to enhance harmonization of best practices and the development of a national one call service.

    The CCGA has been invited to appear, deliver commentary and respond to questions.

    More to come.

  • 12 Feb 2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Common Ground Alliance released its first national report today on damage to buried infrastructure. The report, drawing consistent data from Québec, Ontario and British Columbia, determined buried infrastructure in Canada is damaged an average of 31 times each day.  

    (Click HERE to view the report in English)

    “These provinces represent roughly 80% of Canada’s population”, says Dr. Dave Baspaly, Chair of the CCGA and Executive Director of the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance, “in that context, the data and the results of this report are significant for all of Canada.”

    Related to this report, Info-Excavation in Québec recently announced that damages to buried infrastructure in that province cost taxpayers over 75 million dollars in 2012 (click HERE for related story). A similar report, Societal Costs of Damage to Buried Infrastructure due to Excavation in Ontario During 2000-03 was published by the Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance in July 2005. That report determined damage to buried infrastructure cost Ontario taxpayers over 33 million dollars. The report also recommended that Ontario mandate registration of buried infrastructure with Ontario One Call. In 2012, Ontario became the first province to successfully pass legislation (Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012) requiring all buried utilities within a public right of way to register with Ontario One Call.

    The CCGA’s report underlines the importance of its damage prevention goals of national interest and emphasizes the need for damage prevention legislation and meaningful enforcement of same. Moving forward, the CCGA National Report on Damage to Buried Infrastructure will include data from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic Region.

    For more information, please contact:

    Mike Sullivan – Executive Director

    Canadian Common Ground Alliance



    Le Canadian Comon Ground Alliance a rendu public aujourd'hui son premier rapport national concernant les dommages aux infrastructures souterraines. Ce rapport, dont les données constantes provenant du Québec, de l'Ontario et de la Colombie-Britannique, a fait ressortir que les infrastructures souterraines sont endommagées en moyenne 31 fois par jour. 

    (Cliquez ICI pour le rapport en français)

    « Ces provinces représentent à peu près 80 % de la population canadienne » selon le Dr Dave Baspaly, président du conseil du CCGA et directeur général du Common Ground Alliance de la Colombie-Britannique. « Dans ce contexte, les données et les résultats obtenus sont significatifs pour tout le Canada ».

    En lien direct avec ce rapport, l'organisme québécois Info-Excavation a récemment annoncé que la réparation des infrastructures endommagées a coûté 75 millions de dollars aux contribuables du Québec en 2012 (cliquez ICI afin de lire le reportage). Un rapport similaire « Societal Costs of Damage to Buried Infrastructure due to Excavation in Ontario During 2000-03 a été publié par le Regional Common Ground Alliance de l'Ontario en juillet 2005. Ce rapport indique que la réparation d'infrastructures endommagées coûtait plus de 33 millions de dollars aux contribuables ontariens. Une des recommandations du rapport est que le gouvernement provincial oblige les propriétaires d'infrastructures souterraines à enregistrer ces dernières auprès du centre d'appels de l'Ontario. En 2012, l'Ontario est devenu la première province à adopter une loi (Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012) afin que toutes les infrastructures souterraines situées sous un droit de passage public soient obligatoirement enregistrées auprès du centre d'appels de l'Ontario.

    Le rapport du CCGA souligne l'importance des objectifs d'intérêt national en matière de prévention des dommages tout en soulignant la nécessité d'une loi et de procédures d'application de celles-ci. Dans le même ordre d'idée, le rapport national du CCGA en matière de dommages aux infrastructures souterraines inclura les données de l'Alberta, du Manitoba, de la Saskatchewan et de la région de l'Atlantique.


    Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez communiquer avec :

    Mike Sullivan – Directeur général

    Canadian Common Ground Alliance


  • 30 Nov 2013 9:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CCGA continues to receive positive feedback following its first damage prevention symposium held November 12 through 14 in Kananaskis, Alberta - and by all accounts, the symposium was a complete success! Just shy of 200 people attended the symposium and had their choice (sometimes a difficult one!) of three con-current sessions on a variety of subjects for a day and a half. Senator Grant Mitchell, Deputy Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, which had recently released its study, delivered a keynote address on day two of the symposium on the Senate's view of the importance of a safety culture. Following his speech, Senator Mitchell was presented with a commemorative "DigSafe" shovel from Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the CCGA and President of Alberta One-Call Corporation.

    The Symposium presented the CCGA with the opportunity to introduce its new Board of Directors, including a new Chair, Dr. Dave Baspaly, a new Vice Chair - Ms Nathalie Moreau; and, a new Secretary, Mr. Bryon Sackville. The CCGA's new Board Members are the Canadian One-Call Centre Committee, represented by Ms Sher Kirk of Alberta One-Call Corporation; and, the North American Damage Prevention Council, represented by Mr. Brent Fleury of Bell.

    The CCGA also unveiled its plans for the near future - expanding the Board of Directors to include representation from additional damage prevention stakeholders. The CCGA will annouce those members in the near future as their membership is finalized.

    As for the next Damage Prevention Symposium, the CCGA will be meeting soon to review feedback from our first and make a decision on when and where the next one will be. In that regard, the CCGA is mindful of its role to complement the foundational work of the Regional Partner CGAs across Canada. "Anything we do is planned so that it is in the Regional Partners' best interests", explains Mike Sullivan. "The goal is to create additional awareness at a high level yet draw attention to local issues at the same time. I think we were able to do that in Kananaskis."

    In closing, the CCGA wishes to thank all of our presenters who donated their time and energy to make this first symposium such an enormous success. In their name, the CCGA is donating $2500.00 to the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation's Flood Relief Fund.

    Senator Grant Mitchell 

  • 24 Oct 2013 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please note the following message appears in French below.


    The CCGA proudly annouces the North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC) is now a member of the CCGA Board of Directors.

    By joining the CCGA, this significant stakeholder group, consisting of telecomm, signals and communications providers across Canada and the United States, is now actively represented in all CCGA-related initiatives helping the CCGA and its Regional Partners achieve collective goals and objectives.

    "This is a formidable addition to the CCGA Board", notes Dr. Dave Baspaly, Executive Director of the BCCGA and Vice-Chair of the CCGA. "The CCGA's goal is to be the collective damage prevention voice of all buried utilities and the damage prevention process at the national level. In joining the CCGA, the NTDPC formally brings an entire sector of stakeholders to the table bringing us closer to that primary goal."

    Please join me in welcoming the NTDPC to the CCGA!



    Le CCGA est fier d'annoncer la venue du North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC) au sein du conseil d'administration du CCGA.

    En se joignant au CCGA, ce groupe d'acteurs important comprenant les fournisseurs de télécommunications, de signaux et de communications au Canada et aux États-Unis est désormais représenté dans toutes les initiatives du CCGA afin d'aider ce dernier et ses partenaires régionaux à atteindre leurs buts et leurs objectifs collectifs.

    «Cela est un ajout formidable au conseil d'administration du CCGA», note Dr Dave Baspaly, directeur général du BCCGA et vice-président du CCGA. «Le but du CCGA est de s'exprimer collectivement en matière de prévention des dommages pour toutes les infrastructures souterraines au niveau national. En se joignant au CCGA, le NTDPC apporte de manière formelle un secteur entier d'acteurs au conseil, ce qui nous approche encore plus de notre but premier.»

    Je vous prie de vous joindre à moi afin de souhaiter la bienvenue au NTDPC au sein du CCGA!

    Mike Sullivan
    Executive Director - CCGA
  • 26 Jun 2013 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AMPs Regulations have been approved and will be in-force next week. Please click the link to view the Regulation.

  • 18 Jun 2013 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After almost twenty years of valiant attempts to establish a One-Call service in Manitoba, the wait is over. Manitoba Click Before You Dig launches tomorrow - June 19, 2013.

    Although the service has been designed to predominantly receive web-based locate requests, it can also receive phone-in requests. "From the Contact Centre's perspective, we are seeing a tremendous shift to online locate requests" provides Sher Kirk, the Chair of the Canadian One-Call Centres Committee and Assistant Operations Manager with Alberta One-Call.

    "One of the CCGA's four damage prevention goals of national interest is to realize One-Call system access across Canada", explains Mike Sullivan, the Executive Director of the CCGA and President of Alberta One-Call Corporation. "We are honoured to offer Alberta's services to Manitoba. At the end of the day, it was simply the right thing to do".

    The service goes live at midnight June 19, 2013 -

  • 18 Jun 2013 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In an effort to simplify access to the damage prevention process, the Canadian One-Call Centre Committee recently launched in both official languages.

    "The web portal offers a 'one-window' approach to web-based locate requests", explains Sher Kirk, the Chair of the One-Call Centre Committee. "Web-based locates are quickly overtaking the traditional phone-in requests. The person requesting the locate is never placed on hold, they can make their request 24hrs/day and include drawings, sketches, photos or any electronic attachment with their request".

    85% of Québec's locate request volume is now received via the internet. Alberta One-Call, which launched a re-brand and "Click Before You Dig" campaign in March, has seen a significant up-tick in web-based locate requests moving from 37% in May 2012 to 65% in May 2013.

  • 10 Apr 2013 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Safe-Digging Month is rolling into high gear across Canada. This morning, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance held a media event to help promote public, worker and community safety.

    Click HERE to read more about the event.

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