Axle Weight Pilot Project Finished August 26, 2019
The objective of the pilot project was to develop a database that will help standardize the way allowable gross weights and axle weights are collected, stored and used for compliance.
TEMPLATE Letter for Members to Use to Submit Responses to ERO Posting on Growth Plan February 13, 2019
The government has submitted a proposal to make Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. OSSGA has made the point to the government that the current policy framework is not working. Approvals for new mineral aggregate operations in Southern Ontario are taking up to 10 years to complete the process. There are too many overlapping policies and inconsistent approaches between the Provincial Plans, Regional Official Plans, Local Official Plans and Conservation Authority policies regarding the management of this essential non-renewable resource.
Specification Alert February 6, 2019
Please be advised that there have been changes made to Aggregate Specifications for OPSS 1002, April 2018. This revised specification has been included in several MTO tender documents recently, most notably MTO Contract #2018-2024, Hwy 400 & Hwy 89 Interchange, Closing Feb. 14, 2019 and has raised concerns with many suppliers.
Avenues Winter 2019 Issue Now Available! February 5, 2019
The newest Winter 2019 issue of Avenues Magazine is now available online!

Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act – Coming into Force June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The Government of Canada announced today, that the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, that it passed last year, comes into force as of June 1, 2015.  This Act delivers on Canada’s commitment at the G8 summit of 2013 to develop reporting standards in the extractive sector, and is similar to the reporting requirements in the United States and the European Union.

This Act requires that, all extractive businesses subject to the Act will be required to report certain payments such as taxes, royalties, fees, and production entitlements of $100,000 or more to all levels of government in Canada and abroad.  The Act applies to extractive entities subject to Canadian law and engaged in the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals (including materials from pits and quarries).  Companies subject to the Act include:

·         Companies listed on a stock exchange in Canada

·         Companies that are doing business in Canada and meet two of the following three criteria in one of their two most recent financial years:

o   At least $20 million in assets

o   At least $40 million in revenue

o   Employ an average of 250 employees

Reporting entities will need to submit reports for each of their financial years that begin after June 1, 2015.  The reporting of payments to Aboriginal governments in Canada has been granted a two-year deferral from the date the Act came into force (June 1, 2015). The government will allow reporting entities to submit reports prepared for another jurisdiction (whose requirements are determined to be an acceptable substitute by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada) to meet Canada’s requirements.  The government is undertaking an assessment of measures taken in other jurisdictions, and has not yet determined which, if any, reports are an acceptable substitute for the requirements contained in the Act.  The government is also developing policy guidelines on reporting payments, including the form and manner of reporting, and will announce them in due time.

We will update you as we receive further information.  If you have any questions, please contact Natural Resources Canada at 613-995-0947.