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.

Growth Plan Review

June 14, 2017 at 10:52 AM

On May 18, 2017, the Province of Ontario released the new Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan. As a result of OSSGA’s submissions and meetings with government, there have been some positive revisions to the draft plans that had been released for consultation in 2016. However, there are also some major changes that are of concern to OSSGA and that will impact the long term growth potential of the industry.

 

In the big picture, the new Growth Plan introduces a new policy regime for new or expanded mineral aggregate operations within the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This represents a major change that will affect producers that own lands outside of the existing provincial plan areas. This will cover the majority of southern Ontario and should affect a considerable number of producers. There are new natural heritage policies in the Growth Plan that will make licensing lands in southern Ontario significantly more difficult.

 

There are also changes to development in the habitat of endangered species, which is inconsistent between plans, and the inclusion of Agricultural Impact Assessments in some plans. It is possible that in the Growth Plan there will not be the opportunity to obtain an ESA permit, and that all habitat of endangered species will be off limits for aggregate extraction. OSSGA is seeking clarification on how the new ESA rules in the Growth Plan will be interpreted.

 

Implementation of the plans occurs in short order - The Niagara Escarpment Plan (2017) will come into effect on June 1, 2017. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017), the Greenbelt Plan (2017), the Greenbelt Boundary Regulation and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017) will come into effect on July 1, 2017. Once in effect, all decisions on planning matters must conform or not conflict with the four plans.

If you have any questions please contact Mike Scott at mscott@ossga.com

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