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!
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications Are Now Available! February 1, 2019
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications to the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association are now available. Visit ossga.com/why_join_ossga to apply!
Securing Access to Stone, Sand & Gravel: OSSGA's Recommendations for Securing Close-to-Market Aggregate January 30, 2019
Ensuring Economic Growth and Future Greenspace in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Revised Sample Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Now Available for OSSGA Members January 18, 2019
Under the Federal Government's amended WHMIS legislation, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
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.

Environmental Achievement Award – Waynco Ltd.

March 22, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Waynco Pit – Township of North Dumfries

In 2005, Waynco Ltd. was approached by the Waterloo Stewardship Network with a request to become a partner in enhancing, restoring and creating one of Ontario’s largest prairie remnants from the tallgrass prairies and savannahs on its property. Soon after, a plan to regrow a Waynco Prairie was launched with a goal to protect and enhance the endangered tallgrass ecosystem and its native plant and animal species.

Over the past 10 years, the Waynco Rehabilitation Project has included prescribed burns, the creation of in invasive species management plan, extensive seeding and planting, seed collection and ongoing monitoring.

The site has also hosted tours for naturalist groups and has been a focus of study for students at the University of Waterloo. Seeds collected from the project have contributed to the restoration of other prairie lands, including a project at the nearby Savannah Gold Links.

Waynco Pit, operated by Waynco Ltd. in the Township of North Dumfries, earned the 2016 Environmental Achievement Award from OSSGA.


Waynco Ltd. receiving the Environmental Achievement Award at the 2017 OSSGA Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Environmental Achievement Award recognizes OSSGA members that have developed and successfully implanted industry-leading policies, programs or projects that make positive contributions to the environment and motivate leadership within the industry.

“Nelson-Waynco is committed to working within the communities we operate to enhance our environmental features,” said Quinn Moyer, President of Waynco Ltd. “This award shows our employees’ commitment to achieving the highest standards.”

OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program

The OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program recognizes a wide range of activities that contribute to a progressive image of our member aggregate producers and the aggregate industry as a whole. A key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation.

“We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their community,” said Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “All of the award winners this year have met and exceeded those expectations.”

Submissions for OSSGA’s Industry Recognition Awards are due in November or at any time of year for the Bronze Plaque. Members are invited to download a copy of OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program Guide for full details of submission requirements.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than the 2016 OSSGA Industry Recognition and Student Design Award winners!