Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

Axle Weights Update

July 5, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Phase 2 of the enforcement of axle weights by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will begin again on August 1st, 2016.  As a reminder, there has been a moratorium since 2014 on the enforcement of axle weight issues as OSSGA and MTO develop a solution to the issue.

Therefore, there have not been any charges laid at the inspection stations -- just warning tickets. This will change on August 1 as the moratorium ends.

Phase 2 will run from Aug 1, 2016 –March 31, 2017 and will consist of new enforcement thresholds and a new interim axle weight charge and detain for correction level. Charges will be issued and vehicles will be detained for correction when axle or gross weight exceeds the specified thresholds.  These new levels are detailed in the attached chart of enforcement. All configurations of trucks will be affected by these changes, so please review the chart to better understand how it will affect you specifically.

OSSGA continues to drive for a resolution to this issue and has been working with MTO for the past few years; we are hoping that we will be able to move forward with a solution in the near future. 

In anticipation of this change, OSSGA recommends that members take all necessary steps to prepare.  As always, the maintenance and calibration of load equalization systems remains vital.  Finally, trucks should have white sheets made up by the MTO to ensure accuracy when crossing the scales. 


Summary of Issues for Aggregate Shippers: 

Knowing what to load on a truck

  • Dependent on carrier to provide a document
  • It is vital that shippers understand all the variables before loading (SPIF, GVW, etc.)
  • Knowing what weight is achieved on the front-axle.

Data shows that little weight is transferred to the front steering axle on tractor semi-trailers.

  • Knowing whether the truck can load equalize properly


As August 1st approaches it is important to:

Communicate the change to the trucking community

  • Enforcement dates
  • Have drivers calibrate & do maintenance on load equalization systems.
  • Get proper “White Sheets” Gross Axle Weight (GAW) done by MTO
  • Adjust loading practice of put more weight to the front.
  • Better to evenly distribute load

If you have any questions please contact Mike Scott ( at OSSGA.