State of Emergency – Essential Construction List

The Province Announces the Essential Construction Project List

The Province of Ontario has released its list of essential construction project types that will be able to continue during the state of emergency.

The new rules come into effect on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 12:01 a.m., for all of Ontario. They are anticipated to be in place for at least 28 days.

Under the Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures, only essential construction projects are to continue.

The list of essential construction projects include:

To learn more about the state of emergency, please view the Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the province-wide shutdown document produced by the Province of Ontario:   click here

  • Land surveying and demolition services.
  • Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.
  • Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of, or to provide new capacity in, provincial and municipal infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy, mining and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance.
  • Construction projects and services that support the operations of, and provide new capacity in schools, colleges, universities, municipal infrastructure and child care centres within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
  • Construction projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • Construction projects and services that support the operations of Broadband internet and cellular technologies and services. Construction projects and services that support the operations of Broadband internet and cellular technologies and services.
  • Critical industrial construction activities required for, the maintenance and operations of petrochemical plants and refineries, significant industrial petrochemical projects where preliminary work has already commenced, and industrial construction and modifications to existing industrial structures limited solely to work necessary for the production, maintenance, and/or enhancement of Personal Protective Equipment, medical devices (such as ventilators), and other identified products directly related to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Construction projects that are due to be completed before July 2021 and that would provide additional capacity in the production, processing, manufacturing or distribution of food, beverages or agricultural products.
  • Construction projects that were commenced before January 12, 2021, and that would, provide additional capacity for businesses that provide logistical support, distribution services, warehousing, storage or shipping and delivery services, or provide additional capacity in the operation and delivery of Information Technology (IT) services or telecommunications services.
  • Residential construction projects where, footing permit has been granted for single family, semi-detached and townhomes, the project is a condominium, mixed use or other residential building, or the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before January 12, 2021.
  • Construction to prepare a site for an institutional, commercial, industrial or residential development, including any necessary excavation, grading, roads or utilities infrastructure.
  • Construction and maintenance activities necessary to temporarily close construction sites that have paused or are not active and to ensure ongoing public safety.
  • Below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects, such as apartments and condominiums. The Ontario government also provided that businesses must follow public health measures and should review the workplace safety guidelines.
  • Construction on any project intended to provide either, affordable housing, or shelter or supports for vulnerable persons, if the project is being funded in whole or in part by, or is being undertaken by, any of the following: the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, an agency of the Crown in right of Canada or in right of Ontario, a municipality, a service manager as defined in the Housing Services Act, 2011, or, a registered charity and not for profit within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

Other important new Health Measures that will affect all businesses include:

The Province also outlined new measures around employees needing to work from home, unless required to be onsite, face masks needing to be used at all times indoors, with limited exceptions, and ensuring that every person stays 2 metres apart.

The construction industry should also be aware that enhanced workplace testing might be required, and that more enforcement officers will be monitoring to ensure compliance.

Ontario One Call:

Ontario One Call is dedicated to providing a reliable and timely locate request process. We remain fully operational to accept locate requests.

We encourage our members to respond in good faith to all locate requests within the obligated timelines. If you suspect an excavation is non-essential and does not fall within the essential construction list, fulfil your obligation to provide a locate and contact your local Public Health Unit.

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Ontario One Call Wins Marketing Award


Ontario One Call Wins Marketing Award

Ontario One Call, with ad agency adHOME Creative, win Gold at the International Davey Awards.

October 29th, 2020

We are proud to announce that Ontario One Call’s “Get the Dirt” marketing campaign is a Gold Winner in the design / print category at the 16th annual Davey Awards. This is the first time Ontario One Call has won a marketing award.

The ‘Get the Dirt’ campaign was designed for homeowners, with impactful creative, to educate on the need to contact Ontario One Call for any size dig.

The Davey Awards honours the finest creative work from the best small shops, firms, and companies worldwide.

Winning a Davey is an amazing accomplishment for  Ontario One Call, and adHome Creative, and one that we should celebrate.

Ontario One Call is encouraging Members, Excavators, and Locate Service Providers to use Ontario One Call’s award-winning creative. Materials are available for download and use in the Marketing and Educational Toolkit located on our website.

Get materials here: OntarioOneCall.ca/resources

About the Davey Awards

The Davey Awards exclusively honour the “Davids” of creativity, the finest small shops, firms, agencies, and companies worldwide. David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock – the sort of thing small companies do each year. The annual International Davey Awards honours the achievements of the “Creative Davids”, who derive their strength from big ideas rather than big budgets. The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition specifically for smaller organizations.

Please visit www.daveyawards.com for more information.

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Last Call for Feedback


Last Call for Feedback on the Proposed By-Law and Fee-Schedule Changes

Provide feedback before 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, October 16th, 2020.

Dear Stakeholders,

This is a reminder, that Ontario One Call is soliciting feedback on the proposed By-law and Fee Schedule changes.

Please provide written feedback before 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, October 16th, 2020.

Send written feedback to: cofficer@OntarioOneCall.ca

For more background information click here

Key Dates:

  • August 21st – Ontario One Call sent out notification of September 30th consultation meeting
  • September 18th – Ontario One Call sent out official notice of November Special Members Meeting
  • September 30th – Member Consultation Meeting via webinar
  • September 30th to October 16th – Stakeholders asked to provide written feedback on the proposed changes
  • October 16th at 12:00 pm (noon) – all written feedback due
  • October 19th – Board of Directors meet to review feedback for consideration and approve final proposals
  • November 5th – Special Members Meeting to vote on the proposed changes

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Special Members Meeting – Nov 5th


Special Members Meeting 2020
Please join us on Nov 5th, at 12:00 P.M. (EST).

INVITATION ONTARIO ONE CALL’S SPECIAL MEMBERS MEETING

November 5th, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dear Members,

Ontario One Call would like to invite you to participate in a webinar for the Special Members Meeting on November 5th, 2020.

The purpose of the Special Members Meeting is to vote on the changes Ontario One Call is proposing to its by-laws and fee schedule.

For more background information click here.

Please contact Member Services at MemberServices@OntarioOneCall.ca if you would like to submit a proxy vote for the Special Members Meeting prior to November 4th, 2020.

Key Dates:

 

  • August 21st – Ontario One Call sent out notification of September 30
    Member Consultation Meeting
  • September 18th – Ontario One Call sent out official notice of November
    Special Members Meeting, including full proposal package
  • September 30th – Member Consultation Meeting via webinar
  • September 30th to October 16th – Stakeholders are asked to provide written feedback on the proposed changes
  • October 19th, 2020 -Board of Directors meet to review feedback for consideration and approve final proposals
  • November 5th, 2020 –  Special Members Meeting to vote on the proposed by-law and fee schedule changes

Register Here

Registration for the webinar is available until Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 11:00 am.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you require further information or would like to provide feedback, please contact Cory Officer via email at cofficer@OntarioOneCall.ca

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Press Release: The Professional Locate Administrator Course is here

 

ONTARIO ONE CALL LAUNCHES THE PROFESSIONAL LOCATE ADMINISTRATOR COURSE

Join the hundreds of people registering for Ontario One Call’s new course. Achieve a new designation, improve skills, and offer increased value to your company.

September 14, 2020 (Press Release) – Launching this October, the Professional Locate Administrator Course (PLAC) is an interactive online program, designed to create expert Locate Administrators. The course provides an in-depth understanding of how to effectively request and manage locates within the Province of Ontario. Learners will be taken through interactive online modules covering various topics related to planning projects, making accurate locate requests, staying within the regulations, utilizing tools, avoiding issues, troubleshooting and so much more.

“If you work for a company that digs, and your job involves requesting and organizing locates, this course is for you,” says Ian Simpson, Director of Education, Marketing, and Compliance. “Whether you are brand new to the industry or are a seasoned professional, when finished, you will be the go-to-person within an organization to answer questions related to locates.”

Once a learner has successfully completed the program, they will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for 2 years. Most students on average take about 6 hours to complete the course, which includes nine modules, quizzes, and a final exam.

Ontario One Call offers a free service for anyone who needs to make a locate request so they can dig in the province. Until now, there was no industry-wide training available on how to make good quality locate requests. PLAC is looking to change that. “Making accurate and good quality locate requests would relieve a lot of pressure on the system,” says Simpson. “Good quality locate requests should help Utilities and Municipalities with the timely delivery of their locates.”

The cost of PLAC is $84.95 + HST. Although the course doesn’t officially launch until October, hundreds of people are pre-registering.

Ontario One Call is offering a 25% off pre-registration sale running from September 8th to 30th.

To register or find out more details visit: OntarioOneCall.ca/PLAC

Ontario One Call is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a communications link between utility companies, underground infrastructure owners, and individuals who are planning to dig in the province of Ontario. In 2012, the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act was passed, which stipulates by law that anyone in the province of Ontario must contact Ontario One Call before they dig.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ontario One Call Education and Training Department
Training@OntarioOneCall.ca

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Sharing Locates

Sharing Locates

Ontario One Call would like to remind excavators of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) Best Practices regarding the sharing of locates.

 CCGA Best Practices

Section 4-7 Locate Requests
CCGA Best Practices Version 3.0 – October 2018

Practice Statement: Every excavator on the job has an appropriate locate form before excavating.

Practice Description: Often, there are several excavators on a job site performing work. The construction schedule may dictate different types of work requiring excavation from different specialty contractors simultaneously. It is preferable for each excavator to obtain their own individual locate before excavating to ensure that the specific areas have been appropriately marked by any affected owner. However, where a single locate is relied upon by multiple users on the same project, it is the responsibility of the excavator to ensure that the locate is appropriate for the intended excavation, giving due consideration to the limits of the located area, depth of excavation, ticket life, and the existence of any facilities installed since the locate was performed.

Examples of Sharing Locates

Here are some acceptable examples of sharing locates, provided the General Contractor uses their regular contract ID and not an ALA ID.

  1. General Contractor requests locate for self and their subcontractors in the same excavation area by listing all subcontractors on the locate request. General Contractor shares locate with subcontractors.  To find out how click here.
  2. General Contractor requests locate for self and shares locate with their subcontractors in the same excavation. Subcontractors are not named on the locate request.


Responsibilities

As a General Contractor sharing a locate, you must ensure that the parameters of the excavation outlined in your locate request are the same as those being performed by your subcontractors.

As a subcontractor receiving a locate from the General Contractor, you are required to review the parameters of the locate to ensure your work is within the locate performed. Otherwise, the subcontractor will require a new locate

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Change Your Ontario One Call Links

Do you use ON1Call.com on your website, paper bill statements, or marketing materials?   Do you have ON1Call.com bookmarked on your computer?

Switch it to OntarioOneCall.ca now!
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Change Now:

On1Call.com will forward to OntarioOneCall.ca for a limited time only. So, please change all bookmarks and/or web links before October 31, 2020.

Change Marketing Materials:

Our marketing efforts are better when we all communicate the same message. If you, or your team, are creating any marketing materials (for example, brochures, bill inserts, postcards, videos, and/or social media posts), please change Ontario One Call’s website to OntarioOneCall.ca.

You can also find free Ontario One Call marketing materials available at OntarioOneCall.ca/resources/

Marketing Materials Available Here

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Assign Your Proxy


Can’t Attend Our AGM,
Assign Your Proxy
 

2020 ONTARIO ONE CALL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEBINAR

If you are unable to attend our upcoming virtual AGM on June 25th, 2020, you could still have your voice heard.

Members of Ontario One Call are able to assign their proxy.  Members interested in completing a proxy before June 22, are asked to contact Member Services via email.

MemberServices@OntarioOneCall.ca

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Locate Volume Trends

 

April Volume

The COVID-19 outbreak had a large impact on the amount of locates being requested. As most requests focused on work for the Ontario government’s essential services list, requests in April were far below normal volumes. Ontario One Call had a 37% decrease in locate requests compared to the previous year. Chart 1-1 (below) shows the volume of requests that were submitted.

Chart 1-1
The below chart shows data from April 1st – 30th.

May Volume

With Premier Ford’s announcement on May 4th, loosening restrictions on construction projects, Ontario One Call saw an immediate jump in locate requests. The volume sustained, and comparing 2019 to 2020 (see chart 1-2) the first three weeks of May showed a return to seasonal request volumes.

There was a notable increase in the last week of May, with an approximate 20% increase in volume compared to the same period in 2019.  As of May 28th (available data at publishing), the total locate volume in May increased by approximately 6% over the previous year.

Chart 1-2
The below chart shows data from May 1st – 28th.

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