New Regulations effective May 1, 2024

The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery (MPBSD) recently announced that two regulations will come into force on May 1, 2024.

As the organization responsible for administering the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, we want to inform you about these upcoming changes and support you through them. Please see below more details on the two recently approved regulations.

Reg. 136/24 – Specified Locate Requests

Under this regulation, underground infrastructure owners (UIOs) will have 10 business days to complete locates for large excavation projects once notified by Ontario One Call. Large excavation projects in the new regulation are defined as an excavation site comprised of:

(a)  at least two properties or parts of properties, each having its own municipal address, or

(b)  one or more properties or parts of properties, at least one of which has no municipal address.

Large excavations or dig sites need to be requested as an Advanced Request in Ontario One Call’s online request system.

Interested stakeholders can access the regulation via this link.

Reg. 87/23: Administrative penalties 

This regulation will give Ontario One Call the ability to include administrative penalties among their available compliance tools. The organization’s compliance activities are aimed at promoting safe excavation practices and supporting industry locate performance improvement.

The amended regulation can be accessed via this link.

In the coming months, Ontario One Call will continue to communicate regularly and will be hosting webinars on these two important topics to ensure the industry has a clear understanding of the impacts of these regulations on the upcoming dig season.

Ontario One Call is hosting two webinars to further explain the regulations. If you would like to attend, register below: