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…

April is coming!  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 prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages.…

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…

Ground Disturbance 201 Standard

Applications Now Open for New BC Ground Disturbance Standard We are pleased to announce that the 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…

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…

Trans Mountain Expansion Project – HAVE YOUR SAY

The Government of Canada has set up a Ministerial Panel to hear from Canadians on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. As part of these engagement efforts, the Government of Canada has launched an online questionnaire for Canadians to submit their feedback on the project. The…

Request for Proposal for Contact Centre Services – BC One Call

BC One Call Limited is a not-for-profit corporation established for the purposes of increasing public and worker safety, and reducing damage to underground infrastructure within the province of British Columbia. BC One Call is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to obtain a contact centre operator that will be…

NEB Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations

As of 19 June 2016 the National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Parts I & II are repealed and are replaced  by the National Energy Board Regulations for Pipeline Damage Prevention which come into force on 19 June 2016. Please find attached the following documents:…

BC Safety Authority’s 2015 Annual Report

BC Safety Authority’s 2015 Annual Report has been published, and we invite you to have a read. This report provides an overview of BCSA’s operational and financial performance in relation to targets set in the organization’s 2016-2018 Business Plan  and in alignment with BCSA’s 10-Year…

We need your help!

Data informs nearly every aspect of BCCGA’s operations and industry recommendations. From the formation and publication of our Best Practices manual to public awareness efforts, BCCGA’s Data Reporting & Evaluation program touches every aspect of damage prevention. The program collects critical information, allows us to…

BC Safety Authority’s 2015 State of Safety Report

We are pleased to share with you the BC Safety Authority’s 2015 State of Safety Report, a comprehensive overview of BCSA’s activities and information analysis, including data on installation and operating assessments, incident investigations, as well as research and enforcement activities.  The report is designed to…

4th Annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium

Registration Now Open! Dates: October 18-20, 2016 Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta Registration is LIMITED The fourth annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention Symposium is returning to beautiful Banff, Alberta. Meet with fellow industry stakeholders to discuss critical issues affecting Canada’s buried infrastructure. This…

Pacific Region Security Clearance Workshops

On behalf of Public Works and Government Services Canada: Are you interested in supplying or subcontracting with the federal government? Have you had issues obtaining an appropriate security clearance? You’re invited to attend a free Security Clearance information session hosted by The Office of Small and…

Utility Locator Specialist Course – April 26 to 28

The BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course will be running on April 26, 27 & 28th at the CLAC Training Centre in Langley. Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with permission from BCCGA, is running the first ULS course and there are 6 spots left. For more information or if you know…

Contractor Breakfasts – Abbotsford & Nanaimo – Register Now!

Abbotsford on April 19th —  Register online here!  Deadline is April 17th. Naniamo on April 22nd — Register online here!  Deadline is April 20th. Steve Howe will be speaking about his experience at both events. EECOL Electric & Radiodetection Underground Utilities Locate Systems will be conducting “The Fundamentals of Underground Utilities, Cable…

Day of Mourning ~ April 28, 2016

On April 28, 2016, WorkSafeBC, the BC Federation of Labour, and the Business Council of British Columbia will co-host an annual Day of Mourning ceremony in downtown Vancouver at Jack Poole Plaza. Day of Mourning ceremonies have been held across the country ever since the…

April is DigSafe Month ~ Help Us Spread the Word!

April 2016 is once again be 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 prevent injuries, property damage and…

BCCSA Regional Event – May 3, 2016

Registration is now LIVE for the BC Construction Safety Alliance May 3, 2016 Vancouver Regional Event.  Date: Tuesday May 3, 2016 Time: 7:30am – 9:00am (registration opens at 6:30am with hot buffet breakfast being served at 7:00am) Location: Trev Deeley Motorcycles – 1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver…

Contractor Breakfasts a Success!

Thanks to Steve Howe for speaking to our members and guests at our annual Contractors Breakfasts in Vancouver and Kamloops.  Steve’s story and his message about workplace safety was incredibly compelling.  Thank you to attendees for coming! Steve was interviewed by the Journal of Commerce…

ABCGA Dig Safe Events – April 4 and 5, 2016

April 4, 2016:  Supervisory Level Ground Disturbance Training Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer – ONLY 60 SEATS AVAILABLE April 5, 2016: Dig Safe Conference Theme: Speak up, we’re listening Keynote Speaker: Sheldon Kennedy Sheraton Hotel, Red Deer ABCGA Dig Safe Events Invite Register Now!

Bill S-233 Comments and Feedback

The “Comment and Feedback” matrix for Bill S-233 that has been under development since November 2015 was completed earlier today and posted to the CCGA website. You can view the News Bulletin and link to the matrix HERE.   Please share it with your respective…

Member and Board Meetings – January 27, 2016

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on January 27, 2016 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the BC Hydro offices at 333 Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached. We have one special presentation ~…

2015 Report to Members

We are pleased to present 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 2015 calendar year in relation to our strategic priorities. From our perspective, 2015 has been…

Update on Bill S-233

After several weeks of conference calls with Parliamentary Counsel and Kyle Johnston, Senator Mitchell’s Legislative Assistant on Bill S-233, which died on paper this year when the federal government called for the elections, we are very close to releasing responses to comments and feedback received…

2016 Member / Board Meeting Schedule

For your calendars, we have scheduled our 2016 BCCGA Member / Board meetings as follows: January 27 April 20 (Annual General Meeting and Board Seat elections) June 22 and  October 5th Raj Sharma of BC Hydro has graciously offered a meeting space at the BC…