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 & Procurement Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
The CCGA’s S-229 microsite, ICanDigSafe.ca, also continues to have a positive impact on Parliament Hill channeling over 500 letters of support to various Members of Parliament. Please send your letter if you haven’t already.
In relation to damage prevention governance within Bill C-69, there is far more damage prevention language in this proposed legislation (s.335) than appears in the National Energy Board Act (s.112). The requirement to register federally regulated pipelines with a One-call Centre is captured in section 2 of the National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies, written pursuant to s.48 of the NEB Act. It was the CCGA’s concern that these regulations would disappear with the repealing of the NEB Act by C-69; however, after reaching out to Natural Resources Canada, we have learned that will not be the case. NRCan has assured the CCGA the Damage Prevention Regulations will be maintained.
Mike Sullivan
Executive Director – CCGA