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".

MPAC Appeal

July 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM

OSSGA and MPAC have been working on a solution to the historic property tax appeals. Part of this discussion is a formula for the 2016 appeal cycle and assessments in the future. While there is no formal agreement as of yet, we are close to an agreement for how to move forward.

Part of this moving forward is reducing the number of appeals under the new methodology for informational  issues on sites. It is vital that all producers provide correct and accurate information to MPAC as part of this process as soon as possible. This information is used by MPAC to ensure the accuracy of the gravel pit assessments.

 These outstanding issue can include, but are not limited to:

  • Property class
  • Stockpiles, and roadways
  • Licensed area of the property,
  • How many acres are used for P/Q activity, a
  • Are there buildings on the site that are of little value

This process represents a major effort by OSSGA and member producers that could have a major positive effect on the aggregate industry. As such, it will be more effective for all parties if information on sites is up to correct and accurate.

Please contact your representative on property tax issues to ensure that your site information is up to date. If you do not have representation, a company such as Altus Group could help.  In addition, an online form is available at http://propertytaxreview.com/mpac-pit-and-quarry-form/ to help with this process if you do not have a representative. The form will go directly to MPAC, and by doing so the producers will have met the condition to supply MPAC with current information.