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!

Updates on the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

August 17, 2017 at 10:51 AM

The following has been provided by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). For more information, please visit the NRCan website.

With the first ESTMA reporting cycle coming to a close, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is pleased to announce that, as of August 10, 2017, links to 683 individual, consolidated, and substituted reports have been published on the NRCan website. For your information, a number of updates have been provided below. In addition, please note that the ESTMA team is now working on several deliverables that will be available in the coming months, including a summary the results of the electronic survey that was sent out in June and a report on the first year of transparency reporting.

 

ENROLING WITH NRCAN & ‘NIL’ REPORTS

 

In addition to the links to reports already published, many companies have notified NRCan that they had no reportable payments (i.e., a “NIL” ESTMA Report) following the end of their 2016 financial year. Please note that reporting entities with no reportable payments for the year are not required to file or publish a “NIL” Report, they must only inform NRCan via email.

 

ESTMA officials will be following up with the remaining companies that have not yet contacted NRCan for the purposes of ESTMA reporting in the last reporting cycle. Companies meeting the criteria of “Reporting Entity” under section 8 (1) under the Act that have not yet enrolled are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Steps for enrolling are available here.

 

NEW COMPLIANCE FAQs

 

NRCan has updated the ESTMA FAQs to include additional questions based on common stakeholder comments and inquiries, as well as new information on NRCan’s approach to compliance monitoring and enforcement. The compliance FAQs include NRCan’s validation checklist, which has been published at the following link.  Please note that while links to reports that meet the checklist’s requirements have been published on the NRCan website, published reports remain subject to additional compliance reviews and corrective measures may be ordered as necessary. Work on compliance policies and processes is ongoing and additional information will be made public when possible.

 

UPDATING THE ESTMA IMPLEMENTATION TOOLS

 

NRCan is endeavouring to update the ESTMA Guidance, Technical Reporting Specifications and reporting template based on lessons learned and best practices from the first year of reporting. NRCan welcomes your feedback on specific items requiring additional guidance. To provide feedback or to schedule a call, please contact NRCan via email.

 

ESTMA OUTREACH

 

NRCan will continue to undertake compliance promotion and outreach activities through 2017-18. ESTMA officials will be available in Montreal in September (date to be confirmed). Please respond to this email to indicate your interest in participating in an information session in Montreal. Additional opportunities to meet with NRCan in person will be sent out as they become available.

 

 

Natural Resources Canada
nrcan.estma-lmtse.rncan@canada.ca
www.nrcan.gc.ca/ESTMA