New Regulatory Consultation

Dear Stakeholders,

The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery and Procurement is considering developing a new regulation under the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 that would change locate requirements in specific circumstances.

The proposal is available on the Regulatory Registry for comment here. We encourage you to review it and provide your written feedback via the Regulatory Registry. Feedback is due by July 22, 2024.

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Background

What does the regulatory proposal entail?

  1. Digging may continue beyond the locate validity period under specific circumstances. If certain requirements are met, requesting a new locate won’t be necessary.
  2. The following are some of the requirements proposed that must be met to continue to dig past locate expiry:

Click here to read the full proposal.​​​​​​

Why is this proposal being brought forward?

This potential regulation is intended to address stakeholder concerns regarding delays to construction projects and financial burdens related to legislated requirements that a new locate is required once the locate validity period has expired (minimum of 60 days).

If a decision is made to proceed with this proposal, the ministry is considering a regulation effective date of April 1, 2025.

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Ontario One Call continues to work closely with Government and industry stakeholders to promote safe excavation and facilitate timely locates.

As always, we are happy to support you. If you have any questions or feedback related to Ontario One Call, please send them via digsafety@OntarioOneCall.ca. Feedback related to the regulatory proposal must be submitted through the Regulatory Registry.

We will continue to update you on any developments as they become available. 

The Ontario One Call Team