SUE State of Practice Study

CATT is conducting a survey is to better understand the current state of Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) practices, barriers, and acceptance across Canada. Knowledge and information gained through this survey will: (1) establish the industry baseline with respect to SUE knowledge, application, usage, barriers, and…

TRS Roadshow – Looking for Abstracts

The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), Benjamin Media, and NASTT-BC are pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of Abstracts and Presentations for the 2019 Trenchless Technology Road Show in Richmond/Vancouver, BC, May 6-8, 2019, has been extended to November 23rd. Have you submitted your abstract?…

2017 DIRT Report is Now Available!

Reporting damages into the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) is critical for the CCGA to determine the root causes of those damages and develop mitigating measures to reduce and eliminate them. As of 2015, only four Regional Partners are entering damage data into DIRT and…

A Message from FortisBC

As you may have seen in the media, a natural gas transmission pipeline north of Prince George has been ruptured. This pipeline feeds our system. Please see our service update for the most recent information, and please share the message below with your communities: FortisBC…

Everybody Plays a Part in Underground Damage Prevention

Trenchless Technology Canada |  Harry Dickinson | Summer 2018 Everyone has heard “Safety is no accident” and I recently attended a seminar on Critical Safety Thinking by an international guest speaker David Fennell, CRSP.  This event was sponsored by Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Thompson…

Be a Part of Canada’s Unified Damage Prevention Movement

Be a Part of Canada’s Unified Damage Prevention Movement  This event that attracts members from the many Canadian organizations and associations who share the responsibility of damage prevention and public safety solutions. This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers across Canada and share knowledge and…

CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo

The CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo is the premiere international event dedicated to providing educational content and resources to help protect buried assets. The Conference is the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry, drawing nearly 1,700 participants and offering 80+ hours…

Upcoming Engagement on CER Act Regulations – Fall 2018

Natural Resources Canada and the National Energy Board will soon be seeking public comments to help inform the approach to developing two new regulations and making amendments to an existing regulation to support the government’s proposed Canadian Energy Regulator Act (CER Act). A Public Notice…

Ground Disturbance 201 Standard

Applications Now Open for New BC Ground Disturbance Standard We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications to access our Ground Disturbance 201 Standard (British Columbia).  Training providers in British Columbia who are looking for endorsement to the new BCCGA Ground Disturbance 201 Standard…

Sign-up Now for BC One Call Software Testing

As you’ve heard, BC One Call, Alberta One-Call, and ClickBeforeYouDigMB (Manitoba), are cutting over to PelicanCorp software later this year. All provinces are inviting damage prevention stakeholders to keep informed of developments and our collective pathway to a successful November 30th cutover by following the www.BeforeYouDigPartners.com…

April 28 Day of Mourning

April 28 has been designated the national Day of Mourning, a time when we all come together to remember those who have lost their lives due to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. Last year 158 workers died as a result of their work. Sadly, in…

April is DigSafe Month!

April is HERE!  Help us to promote DigSafe Month…. April is once again National DigSafe Month, the time of year when all Common Ground Alliance stakeholders come together to communicate how important it is that professionals and homeowners call before they dig and follow the safe digging process to help…

An Update on Bill S-229

Bill S-229 has not been yet passed First Reading; however, the bill and its contents remains very much in play. The CCGA Executive Director, Mike Sullivan, continues to meet with all departments and Ministries that would be affected by the Bill – Pubic Services &…

Are you Risk Intelligent?

Today’s Lythism –> How can we possibly seek to understand ‘safety’ at work if we don’t know anything about the psychology of risk or how people’s minds work? Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, members and anyone else you think might be interested or could…

Occupational Disease Symposium – April 19, 2018

In partnership with WorkSafeBC, please join BCCSA on Thursday, April 19th at Trev Deeley Motorcycles for their Occupational Disease Symposium for a full day of learning from industry professionals on a variety of topics, including: Asbestos, Sun, Lead and more. Full- buffet breakfast and lunch…

2018 CAPULC AGM & Safety Conference Red Deer, AB

Join CAPULC at their 2018 AGM and Safety Conference ~ Registration is FREE and seats are limited. All registrations include meals. When:  April 26, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Welcome Reception and Networking Event. April 27, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm –…

S-229…We need your help and it’s Easy!

The S-229 microsite promoting bill S-229, and QUICK electronic process for any Canadian to show their support to their Member of Parliament, is now LIVE – www.icandigsafe.ca  and it’s EASY! To date we only have 25 letters….please support this very important federal legislation. Do you…

3 Day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course – Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2018 in Cloverdale!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course in Cloverdale! $550+GST/per Student and seats are filling up fast! Course details can be found on the KPU web page –> http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/safety-courses If you are interested please register at the KPU website at:http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration Or contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or…

Annual Report to our Members and Partners

We are once again pleased to submit this year’s ‘BCCGA Report To Members’ on behalf of our Board of Directors. This report provides a summary of the main successes that have taken place throughout the 2017 calendar year in relation to our new strategic priorities.…

3 Day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course – Jan 9-11, 2018 in Kelowna!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course in Kelowna! $550+GST/per Student and seats are filling up fast! Course details can be found on the KPU web page:  http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/safety-courses If you are interested please register at the KPU website at: http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/registration Or contact Ron at ronald.enns@kpu.ca or…

Ground Disturbance of Natural Gas Lines – Video

British Columbians are at serious risk when underground infrastructure such as buried gas lines, pipelines or hydro lines are struck or damaged because building contractors, homeowners and other excavators are not aware of the lines’ precise locations before digging.  In BC, there are over 2,000…

Final BCCGA Social of 2017 ~ December 12th!

Join us for the last BCCGA Social of the year at the Vancouver Christmas Market! Wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, warming Glühwein (mulled wine), old world confections, and 75 other food and craft huts. Tuesday, December 12, 2017…

BC Ground Disturbance Seminars!

For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe. Next Workshops (Location & Dates): Tuesday November 21, 2017 ~ FortisBC, Surrey…

Bridging the Gap: Construction Safety Conference – Oct 26-27

The 12th Annual “Bridging the Gap”Construction Safety Conference & Trade Show will be at the Italian Cultural Centre on October 26th and 27th. Learn about: Health and Safety From the WorkSafe BC Board of Directors Perspective COCA – Purpose and current initiatives Determining OHS Related Priorities Leveraging your…

Regional Energy Corridors Forum

The Capital Region Board is hosting a Regional Energy Corridors Forum for those involved in the planning, siting, acquisition and implementation of energy corridors in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.  Check out the Save the Date Energy Corridors Stakeholders Forum attachment and mark your calendars for January…

2017 Trenchless Technology Road Show – September 25 to 27

Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), Benjamin Media Inc. (BMI) and North American Society of Trenchless Technology BC Chapter (NASTT BC) are pleased to announce the 2017 Trenchless Technology Road Show. The event will take place on September 25-27, 2017 in Richmond, BC at…

LMG initiatives and feedback being sought by NEB

Feedback being sought by the LMG on a one-page infographic – Draft Infographic. The NEB is developing a one page infographic to help explain key components of the Damage Prevention Regulations.  Before publishing the document, they would appreciate your feedback on the attached draft.   All…

Click Before You Dig!

Plan your Work & Work your Plan. Don’t Call, Click Before You Dig! It’s easy, fast and you’ll never wait to speak with an agent again. ClickBeforeYouDig.com or BConeCall.ca

The Grey Cup is in Burnaby on Saturday!!

Selfie with a Grey Cup happening this Saturday!!! Join us on location to cheer for safe excavation with the Grey Cup! GardenWorks at 6250 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby 11 am to 3 pm   Make sure to stop by GardenWorks, where FortisBC and BC One Call…

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course – May 29-31

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at the KPU Tech Cloverdale Campus – May 29-31 Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC. $550+GST/per student and seats are filling up…

Betty Spalton Scholarship

The Betty Spalton Trust Fund was established in 1999 to provide financial support to individuals obtaining educations in the fields associated with the road building and heavy construction industries.  As one of the goals of this fund is to encourage diversity in the industry, preference…

Bill S-229 adopted by Senate after third reading

The Senate of Canada voted last week to adopt Bill S-229, An Act respecting underground infrastructure safety, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 following its third reading. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Grant Mitchell in September, will now proceed to the House of Commons where, if…

CEPA Tree Planting Event – Port Coquitlam

CEPA Tree Planting Event-Port Coquitlam The Damage Prevention and Public Awareness Work Group have sponsored Trees Canada, which has selected five locations across Canada to plant 1,250 trees. At each tree planting location, member companies will invite employees to help plant trees. Please share these invitations…

BC Ground Disturbance Seminars! Register Now!

For companies who disturb the ground in any way, our BC Ground Disturbance Seminar is important. We all want to stop hits on underground infrastructure and keep you, the public and the environment safe. Register for our upcoming Workshops: Tuesday, February 28nd, Saanich Fairground –>  Saanich Postcard…

2017 Contractors Breakfast Series

Ground disturbers – excavating contractors, road crews,  public works crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, homeowners and anyone else who breaks ground – are invited to learn more about keeping themselves and their communities safe by following proper ground disturbance procedures. 2017 Breakfast Series: February 21st —…

2016 Report to Members and Partners

We are once again pleased to submit this year’s ‘BCCGA Report to our Members and Partners’ on behalf of our Board of Directors. This report provides a summary of the main successes that have taken place throughout the 2016 calendar year in relation to our…

Update on Bill S-229

Bill S-229 has moved to the Committee stage! It will now be studied by the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Senator Richard Neufeld’s made a speech in support of Bill S-229. –> http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/Sen/Chamber/421/Debates/083db_2016-12-06-e.htm#43

Don’t miss our 2016 BCCGA Christmas Social – December 8th

Join BCCGA for their annual Christmas cheer at the Enchant Christmas Market! http://enchantchristmas.com/christmas-market.  Date: Thursday, December 8 Time: 5:00 PM Location: Enchant Christmas Market, W 1st Ave & Crowe Street (Between Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village), Vancouver, BC. Walking distance from the Olympic Village…

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at the KPU Tech Cloverdale Campus – November 15-17

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course this November 15, 16 & 17 at KPU Tech 5500 – 180th Street, Surrey, BC. $550+GST/per Student and seats are filling up fast! Course details can be found on the KPU web page;  http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/safety-courses http://www.kpu.ca/cps/wastewater/scheduled-courses…

2015 BCSA Gas Code Training – Available Fall 2016

2015 Gas Code Training is available through BC Safety Authority (BCSA) this Fall. There are 3 options to choose from:  1.    Online videos Cost: Free Available through BCSA’s Online Learning Centre (learn.safetyauthority.ca) end of September Video Features: Choose which modules to watch, or watch them…

City of Excellence Award – 2015

Congratulations to the Integrated Water Services division at the Capital Regional District for winning the City of Excellence Gold Standard award for the second year in a row.  This group of workers has ensured worker and public safety through excellent ground disturbance practices in and…

Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act Tabled!

Following several months of review with stakeholders, including a transparent comment period in early 2016, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act was tabled by Senator Grant Mitchell in the Senate on September 29, 2016. BCCGA will be hosting a forum with Senator Mitchell and Mike Sullivan…

2015 DIRT Report Just Released!

The Western Canada 2015 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report provides detailed analyses and recommendations pertaining to the submitted buried asset damage event reports in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. DIRT is the result of the efforts of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to gather…

Utility Locator Specialist Course – November

Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University are hosting the next Utility Locator Specialist Course. The first responsibility of anyone involved in ground disturbance projects is to locate and mark the location of buried pipes, cables, etc. BC’s extensive underground utility…

Upcoming Events

Racing for Safety Social Event – August 26th, Hastings Raceway, Vancouver – rsvp to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca Fourth Annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium – October 18-20, Banff, Alberta 11th Annual Bridging the Gap Conference & Trade Show — October 27th and 28th, Italian Cultural Centre,…

Racing for Safety Social Event – August 26th

Don your finest suits, dresses and head toppers (or just wear shorts!) and join us on Friday, August 26th at the Hastings Race Course for our first ever Racing for Safety Social Event… …which will, undoubtedly, include Beer (for Safety). Friday Nights at Hastings includes Live…

Damage Prevention Professional Magazine

The summer 2016 edition of the Damage Prevention Professional (DPP), with a bunch of Canadian content, is now available.   The following Canadian articles appear in the DPP: Federal One Call Legislation – a Step towards New Provincial Legislation (BC focused article) A half-page advertisement for…

Canadian CGA Damage Prevention Symposium – Register Now!

Event Start: October 18, 2016 Event End:   October 20, 2016 Location:     Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta This event will focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada and share…