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…

Red Tape Reduction

As stakeholders and members of the BC Common Ground Alliance you have an unique understanding of what frustrates your businesses when interacting with government. This is your opportunity to engage with your network and help government in its quest to cut red tape and make it…

Click Before You Dig Portal is LIVE!

The ClickBeforeYouDig.com portal is now functional for Canada and the United States. When you get to the ClickBeforeYouDig.com website, scroll down and click on the yellow DigSafe icon – because there’s more to damage prevention than initiating a locate request.

Bridging the Gap Conference

WorkSafeBC and associations would like to invite you to this year’s construction safety conference Bridging the Gap. The audience for this Conference is  anyone interested in safety, construction, managers, supervisors, safety consultants and students.  The website for details and to register is www.bridgingthegapsafely.com The speakers are…

Notice of Dig Safe BC! Workshop on Oct. 21, 2015 in Surrey

This workshop is applicable for excavators, contractors, landscapers, developers, municipal crews, roadbuilders – ANYone digging near ANY underground infrastructure.  Wednesday, October 21, 2015 • 7:45am – 4:30pm Registration & Coffee • 7:00am – 7:45am FortisBC Training Centre • 16705 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC Register Now!…

2014 DIRT Report for Western Canada

The Western Canada 2014 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…

Bridging the Gap Conference – November 13 & 14

WorkSafeBC, in partnership with the BC Construction Safety Alliance, the BC Association of Restoration Contractors, the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance, the BC Association for Crane Safety, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering are proud to host the 10th annual Bridging the Gap, Construction Safety Conference. This…

CGA 2014 DIRT Report

The CGA released the 2014 DIRT Report earlier today. Follow THIS LINK to download the PDF (give it time – it’s a big document). Although the report focuses on root cause of damages to underground infrastructure in the United States, data from Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan,…

Request for Consultation from Senator Mitchell

This email is being sent to you on behalf of Senator Mitchell’s office with  the request to please circulate among the members of your respective associations, partners, underground infrastructure contacts and Boards. Please direct any inquiries to his office as noted below. _______________________________________________________ Dear Underground Infrastructure Safety…

2015 CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium

Dates: October 6-8, 2015 Location: Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel – Montreal, Quebec Registration is LIMITED — REGISTER NOW Please help us get more stakeholders involved in damage prevention by passing this email on to 10 people you feel can make a difference. This event…

Senator Grant Mitchell introduces federal safe digging legislation

Ottawa, June 17, 2015 – Today Senator Grant Mitchell tabled legislation that will create a federal underground infrastructure notification system which is consistent with most other provincial jurisdictions across Canada.  See Bill S-233 in full. The legislation will require owners and operators of federally regulated…

CAPULC Underground Facility Locator Competency Profile – part 2

To All Industry Stakeholders:  CAPULC is pleased to announce the release of the remaining industry specific competencies; Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Water and Privately Owned that now completes the first edition of the draft Underground Facility Locator (UFL) Competency Profile (click on each file below).  CAPULC is requesting reviews and comments…

Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015 (Bill 9)

Bill 9 received Royal Assent on May 14 and contains a number of changes to Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act (the Act). The goal of the changes is to improve workplace health and safety and strengthen the tools that WorkSafeBC uses to enforce…

Member and Board Meetings ~ June 4, 2015

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on June 4, 2015 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Boardroom at Spectra Energy at 1100 – 1055 West Georgia Street in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached. We have…

Damage Prevention Professional 2015 Spring Edition

Issue Spotlight:  View Digital Issue HERE Utility Locating & Marking/ Electric & Private Facilities Privately-Owned Facilities are Everyone’s Responsibility Private facilities are lines that are not owned or maintained by local utilities. This can be water, gas, electric, sewer, phone, cable TV, etc. These facilities generally…

Contractor Breakfast – March 31st – Last Chance to Register

Ground disturbers, such as excavating contractors, road crews, landscapers, fence installers, sign companies, farmers, and homeowners, keep yourselves and our communities safe and connected by following proper ground disturbance procedures. Your safety is our top priority. BC Common Ground Alliance invites you to the April is…

BC One Call Survey

We are reaching out to excavators and ground disturbers in hopes that you will take 3-5 minutes for a short survey regarding BC One Call. We are interested in hearing your feedback regarding the current service, as well as suggestions for improvement and development. Note…

April is Safe Digging Month – Help Spread the Word

April 2015 will once again be National Safe Digging 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…

Member / Board Meeting – February 5, 2015

Please be advised that our next Member and Board Meetings will be held on February 5, 2015 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Trophy Room at the Vancouver Rowing Club at 450 Stanley Park Drive in Vancouver.  The agenda for the day is attached.…

2015 Meeting Schedule

The face to face Member / Board meeting dates for 2015 is as follows: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Thursday, June 4, 2015 Thursday, October 1, 2015 The Board Operations Conference Call updates will be held on: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Wednesday, May…

2015 Meeting Schedule

2014 is coming to a close and we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.   The meeting schedule for 2015 is as follows: Thursday, February 5, 2015 Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Thursday, June 4, 2015 Thursday, October 1, 2015 Remember…

2014 City of Excellence Award

The City of Excellence Award was created in 2010 to recognize local governments for activities that improve ground disturbance, safe excavation techniques and best practices at or around underground infrastructure, in the year previous to the award.  Any BC local government – including City, Village,…

Christmas Social – December 8th – Please RSVP

Please join us for a pint of Christmas cheer…. Date:  Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 5:30 PM Reservation: Under BC Common Ground Alliance Location:  CRAFT Beer Market, 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC      –> www.craftbeermarket.ca Please RSVP to cheryl@commongroundbc.ca so we know how many to expect.

DigSafe Prince George – December 9th NEW DATE!

Prince George – December 9, 2014 –> Register Now! For excavators and companies who disturb the ground in any way, our DigSafe BC! workshop is important. There are critical infrastructures underground that are vital to healthy communities and business continuity, but can be dangerous to public…

CCGA Best Practices Volume 1.0 Now Available

The CCGA Best Practices, Volume 1.0, is now available in PDF from the CCGA website under the “News” tab – or click HERE to go directly to the page. The cost of the BPs is $10.00/manual; including shipping and handling. Once again, a sincere ‘thank-you’…

DigSafe Prince George – Postponed

Prince George – Postponed to early December – Date TBD For excavators and companies who disturb the ground in any way, our DigSafe BC! workshop is important. There are critical infrastructures underground that are vital to healthy communities and business continuity, but can be dangerous…

WorkSafeBC Bulletin – European Fire Ants!

European fire ants were first seen in British Columbia in 2010. Since then, they have been found in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. Their nests are found in moist, shaded places such as lawns and grassy areas, under decaying logs,…

Register Now – 2nd Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium

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 knowledge & ideas. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Banff, Alberta October 28 – 30, 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibitor Space are available. REGISTER NOW!