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!

293 ha of Aquatic Habitat Created by Aggregate Rehabilitation, Study Finds

August 16, 2017 at 9:48 AM

A recent study, funded by OSSGA, found that within the three Plan Areas, aggregate rehabilitation created 293 ha of aquatic habitat. This is the equivalent area of 1,849 NHL sized ice rinks! The study identified 123 surrendered licences within the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan area, the Niagara Escarpment Plan area and the Greenbelt Plan area, and used a desktop review to identify and characterize aquatic habit features created through rehabilitation. The study also found that 9 rehabilitated wetlands were part of six different Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) Complexes. Although most of the created habitat features were quite small (less than 0.2 ha) they were often located adjacent to existing natural heritage features and can contribute to biodiversity and ecological functions on a local and broader landscape level.

To read the study, click here.