Canadian Common Ground Alliance

Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility



  • 22 Mar 2012 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with disappointment that the CCGA, its Regional Partners across Canada and its National Stakeholders The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the Canadian Gas Association, announce the CRTC decision to deny our application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. For a Telecom proceeding, our application generated an unprecedented level of positive response from coast to coast. With that in mind, we remain confident there is a strong public desire to simplify access to One Call systems in Canada enhancing the integrity of our buried critical infrastructure and above all, better protecting public, worker and Community Safety. To that end, the CCGA and its partners are reviewing the CRTC's decision and considering next steps.


    Click the link below to see the CRTC's decision:





  • 29 Feb 2012 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Energy Board released its Damage Prevention Framework (click HERE for French) earlier today outlining the go-forward steps it will take to effectively promote public and community safety and the integrity of federally-regulated pipelines in Canada.

    The CCGA acknowledges the positive direction of the NEB's Damage Prevention Framework and is looking forward to collaborating with the Board to meet our common damage prevention goals.

    - Mike Sullivan - Chair, CCGA

  • 20 Feb 2012 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Damages to buried utilities dropped by roughly 70% in the United States following the introduction of 811 (3 digit "Call Before You Dig") in 2007 enhancing public safety and the security of buried infrastructure. In Canada, 811 was assigned to non-emergency medical services in 2005 yet only a handful of provinces use the number for this purpose. In July 2011, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance applied to the CRTC requesting shared use of 811 (press "1" for non-emergeny medical services and press "2" to request a locate of buried utilities before you dig). Response from the CRTC is pending.

    The 811 Bike is a symbol of the ongoing public awareness ingenuity buried utility owners, operators and stakeholders share in the U.S. and the desire to do the same in Canada is enormous. Be a partner in safety, share this link!
  • 26 Jan 2012 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LEONARD (LEN) KATZ appointed Acting Chairman of the CRTC on January 25, 2012.

    Click HERE for more information.

  • 05 Jan 2012 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the December 2011 edition of their newsletter, Energy Pathways, Kinder Morgan - a CCGA Gold Sponsor - promotes the benefit of shared use of 811.

    Click HERE to see the newsletter.

  • 20 Dec 2011 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Canadian Wheat Board, submitted a letter to the CRTC on September 13, 2011 supporting the CCGA's application for shared use of the 811 dialling code. The letter, posted to the CRTC's Intervener Webpage for our application December 14, 2011, states in part:

    “The reasons listed in the CCGA’s submission for shared use of 811 for access to both non-emergency medical services and the Call Before You Dig initiative are self-explanatory, and would clearly benefit all Canadians.”



    “…the Government of Canada is making significant efforts to safeguard its critical infrastructure in order to face emergency situations and maintain its capacity to respond to the needs of Canadians. Moving forward with this initiative would certainly be a step in the right direction.”

    The CCGA greatly appreciates Minister Ritz's support.

  • 17 Nov 2011 7:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On September 26, 2011, the CCGA filed its response with the CRTC relative to the comments it received for its application for joint use of 811. At this time, the CCGA posts this summary of the response for interested parties.

  • 03 Nov 2011 12:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 811 Chopper, commissioned by One Call Concepts, was unveiled in the U.S. today.

    Click HERE to see the photo!

  • 29 Oct 2011 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Senator Rod Zimmer presented the Common Ground Alliance with "811" Winnipeg Jets jerseys in recognition of the contribution to public, worker and community safety across North America. Senator Zimmer, who is from Winnipeg, made the presentation at his Ottawa office on Parliament Hill on Thursday, October 27, 2011 with Mr. Steven Loney, a representative of the Manitoba Common Ground Alliance.

    Click HERE for the full story.

  • 21 Oct 2011 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CSA Standards has just published CSA S250 Mapping of Underground Utility Infrastructure. This new standard has its origins from long established mapping best practices and internal utility company mapping standards. It has been developed by a committee of nationwide industry subject matter experts, regulators, general interest and user groups, all with a vested interest in improving the overall quality and consistency of mapping and records information.

    Until recently, accurately identifying and recording the positional location of utility infrastructure was not formally required nor was it carried out in a consistent manner. Today, there are thousands of kilometres of underground pipes and cables whose locations have never been accurately mapped or recorded.

    One of the key benefits of CSA S250 will be improved accuracy and reliability and more confidence in the location and properties of underground infrastructure. This Standard also promotes better record keeping that will improve the safety of company and contractor employees, the environment, as well as the public by reducing the utility hits or strikes. The Standard establishes accuracy levels that set tolerances for the spatial accuracy of as-builts. It also specifies the utility attributes (e.g. colours, naming conventions, symbology) to be used for describing and depicting underground utility infrastructure. The goal is to encourage consistency when data is shared and reviewed. The standard also requires a more structured approach and governance to mapping utility records by establishing procedures for improved mapping accuracy and a uniform format for utility feature descriptions, as well as processes for notification of mapping errors and practices when sharing data.

    CSA S250 can be purchased at

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