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
OSSGA Submits Untangling Red Tape: Addressing Duplication in the Aggregate Industry OSSGA January 21, 2019
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 Submits Untangling Red Tape: Addressing Duplication in the Aggregate Industry OSSGA

January 21, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Over the past 15 years, steady and incremental changes in legislation, policy and regulation have led to significant duplication and redundancy in the various approval requirements and processes related to the aggregate industry.  Recently, the PC government announced that Ontario is “Open for Business”. In its economic outlook statement, A Plan for the People, the government promised to “create an environment across the province that will help reduce costs for businesses, strengthen their ability to invest and grow, and stimulate job creation.” The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA), applauds this new approach and is looking forward to working with the government to present its concerns about the barriers to aggregate businesses in Ontario that have been created by the increasing amount of Red Tape.  As a first step, OSSGA has provided Deputy Minister Giles Gherson, responsible for Ontario’s Red Tape Initiative, with the attached brief outlining our issues.  Over the next weeks and months OSSGA will be meeting with individual bureaucrats and politicians in all relevant Ministries to develop solutions to this important red tape issues.

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