Building Infrastructure Safely Act

The Government of Ontario recently announced that Bill 153 – Building Infrastructure Safely Act, 2024 has reached royal assent which amends the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012.

As the organization responsible for administering the OUINS Act, 2012., we want to inform you of the changes that will affect the industry and our stakeholders. The following changes take effect May 1, 2024.

  • No Charging for Locates – Infrastructure owners and operators are prohibited from charging for the locates they provide.
  • Portions of Excavator Recourse Repealed – Excavators are no longer able to contact the Ontario Land Tribunal to seek compensation for losses or expenses for late locates, but can still access them if the infrastructure owner has provided inaccurate locates or clearance. Excavators are encouraged to speak with their counsel to learn about alternative options regarding compensation for late locates.

Let’s continue working together to build a safer Ontario.

For more information on the upcoming changes, please join our webinars:

New Regulation Webinar Extended Timeframe – March 14, 2024 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.

New Regulation Webinar Administrative Penalties – March 20, 2024 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.