Canadian CGA – Digging Deeper Series – Register Now!

 The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) proudly announces the Digging Deeper Digital Education and Networking Series. Given the uncertainties due to COVID-19, the CCGA is excited to provide an alternative: A national platform that virtually connects Damage Prevention Stakeholders, beginning October 2020 until May 2021 that offers…

2019 DIRT Report

The CCGA’s 2019 DIRT Report has been published and released in both official languages and posted to CCGA Twitter and Facebook. English Report / English Tweet French Report / French Tweet Facebook Postings English and French Please “like”, Retweet, etc. on social media and please circulate to your respective…

Locator Training and Certification

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion surrounding locator training courses and certification. The ASTTBC Registered Utility Locator Technician (RULT) program is designed to recognize the competencies of locators who work in various industries and to deliver an enhanced level of…

Click or Call Before You Dig!

Last week, Global BC did an Open House segment about the importance of underground safety and contacting BC 1 Call before digging. Special thanks to all our stakeholders who helped to make this happen. Watch the segment now!

The CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium Goes Virtual!

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) proudly announces the Digging Deeper Digital Education and Networking Series. Given the uncertainties due to COVID-19, the CCGA is excited to provide an alternative: A national platform that virtually connects Damage Prevention Stakeholders, beginning October 2020 until May 2021 that offers…

Click or Call Before You Dig on Global News

Global News did an Open House shoot on Tuesday at Dave’s house to reinforce the importance of underground safety and using BC 1 Call before digging. The Open House segment will air Sat Sept 26 at 7:40am. GlobalBC will then post the video within a…

Excavator Attachment Survey – Final Request

Excavator attachments when not used properly can pose a serious risk to workers and property.  When attachments disengage unexpectedly, serious injury can occur.  Please take a moment to answer the following brief survey on your experience with attachments. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2L798GW Your ideas and suggestions on this…

2020 City of Excellence Award

A joint venture between the BCMSA, BC Common Ground Alliance, BC Construction Safety Alliance, Public Works Association of BC, Technical Safety BC, and WorkSafeBC, this award was created as a way to recognize municipalities who follow safe underground disturbance practices. Recognizing local governments for activities…

Successful Contractor Engagement with Partnerships B.C.

Partnerships BC supports the public sector in meeting its infrastructure needs by providing leadership, expertise and consistency in the procurement of complex capital projects by utilizing private sector innovation, services and capital to deliver measurable benefits for taxpayers. Join us for an informative session with…

Radiodetection University *** Free Classes ***

In these challenging business times, Radiodetection University would like to extend a hand by offering a few free on-line classes that are open to all end users of Radiodetection equipment. Please forward this invitation to any customers that might be interested in any of these…

Technical Safety BC State of Safety and Annual Report

Technical Safety BC has released its State of Safety and Annual Report for 2019. These reports document their work over the past year through stories and data on hazards, incidents, and safety management of technical systems in British Columbia. Here are some of the highlights from 2019 detailed in…

CCGA Virtual Public Awareness Workshop – May 28

This session will be devoted to the development of damage prevention awareness and education matrix recommending a series of actions for all stakeholders; effectively broadening and adding strength to the foundation of education messaging. May 28, 2020 08:30 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada) Register…

Radiodetection University ***Free Classes***

In these challenging business times, Radiodetection University would like to extend a hand by offering a few free on-line classes that are open to all end users of Radiodetection equipment. Please forward this invitation to any customers that might be interested in any of these…

Virtual Public Awareness Workshop

The CCGA will be scheduling a virtual workshop in the near future with damage prevention and public awareness representatives to develop an education and awareness matrix that broadens public awareness responsibilities among all CCGA stakeholders – asset owners and ground disturbers alike. The matrix seeks…

Linestar Free Utility Locate Training Webinars

With the overwhelming attendance Linestar had over the past few weeks, along with others reaching out to them to do a few more webinars, they are pleased to announce the addition of 3 more free Locate Training Webinars. For more information, click here.

Vivax Locate Training Webinars

Linestar is offering a series of FREE Locate Training Webinars. These webinars will take the place of their usual in-person seminars that were planned for March and April in different provinces.  For more information –> CLICK HERE!

COVID-19 support service launched for B.C. businesses

To help B.C. businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government, through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness and the Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, have partnered with Small Business BC (SBBC) to launch a new B.C. Business COVID-19…

Vancouver Fire Service Update

The Vancouver Fire Department reached out to us asking for help in distributing the attached message.  Can you please use your distribution networks to get the word out about fire service for Vancouver-based construction sites during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Conference Board of Canada’s COVID-19 Resources

The Conference Board of Canada has compiled a go-to resource for insights and analysis on COVID-19. Here, they bring you quick-read articles based on our multi-disciplinary research. Each article gives you a fact-based understanding of the complex issues impacting you and your organization. Go to…

BC Construction Safety Alliance – COVID-19 Resources

Resource:BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable…

Dig Safe Kamloops & Castlegar – Register Now!

The BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) offers Excavation Safety Compliance Training specially designed for performing ground disturbance near underground infrastructure; this seminar will familiarize participants with National Energy Board, BC Oil & Gas Commission, Technical Safety BC and WorkSafe BC regulations when working near underground…

Ground Disturbance Level II® Training

Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, in partnership with KPU/Global, have scheduled the following Ground Disturbance Level II® courses: Burnaby: March 25 ~  https://icba.simplesignup.ca/5636 Prince George: May 6  ~ https://icba.simplesignup.ca/5641 Fort St John: May 8 ~ https://icba.simplesignup.ca/5673 Victoria: May 28 ~  https://icba.simplesignup.ca/5638 Langley: June 17 ~  https://icba.simplesignup.ca/5643

Utility Risk Management Workshop – March 5, 2020

NASTT BC is pleased to join forces with CATT and UESI to present the Utility Risk Management Workshop. This 1-day seminar will be offered on March 5, 2020 in Richmond, BC. For more information about this workshop please follow this link: https://conta.cc/2TKhXWP . Breakfast and lunch are…

2019 Report to Members

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is our pleasure to present the British Columbia Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) 2019 Report to Members. This document lays out the high-level success we have had in 2019 in relation to our five-year strategic priorities. This year…

Happy Holidays from BCCGA!

A special greeting at Christmas time to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Ground Disturbance Session in Kelowna a Success!

Our October 23rd Ground Disturbance Session in Kelowna was a huge success! Global News Okanagan covered the story online with video they shot at the event. It was also covered by the Kelowna Daily Courier online The story was also picked up by MSN News. Join is…

Ground Disturbance Seminar – December 4, 2019

The BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA) offers Excavation Safety Compliance Training specially designed for performing ground disturbance near underground infrastructure; this seminar will familiarize participants with National Energy Board, BC Oil & Gas Commission, Technical Safety BC and WorkSafe BC regulations when working near underground…

Skills Canada National Competition – May 28-29, 2020

Vancouver Convention Centre  — Vancouver, BC — May 28 – 29 Open to the Public  — Free Admission! Highlights: Approximately 7,500 student visitors  Over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities Over 40 skill competitions representing six sectors: Construction; Employment; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Engineering; Transportation; Service Over 550 secondary…

Message from Technical Safety BC

The National Research Council of Canada has launched a Public Review to provide feedback on proposed changes to Codes Canada Publications, listed below: National Building Code of Canada 2015 (NBC) National Fire Code of Canada 2015 (NFC) National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC) You can have…

2018 DIRT Report Released

CCGA DIRT Report Estimates Damage to Buried Utilities Continues to Cost Canada at Least $1 Billion Every Year NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. (Oct. 9, 2019) – The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) released the 2018 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report in Niagara Falls, Ontario on…

BC Ground Disturbance Seminar – Kelowna October 23rd

Join us in a one day session that covers all you need to know about ground disturbance including: regulatory updates, BC One Call requirements, excavation safety, hydrovac and locate demonstration. This seminar qualifies for EOCP CEU’s and BC Housing CPD’s. Wednesday October 23, 2019 ~…

2019 City of Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the Capital Regional District and the City of Kelowna for winning this year’s Ground Disturbance City of Excellence Awards — presented at the BC Municipal Safety Association / Public Works Conference in Penticton on September 17th! BC Common Ground Alliance Vice-Chair, Michelle Petrusevich,…

2019 CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! This event focuses on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to network with your peers from across Canada and share knowledge and ideas. Learn more… Break Out Session: Implementing CSA Z663-18 Addressing the limitations and gaps in stakeholder awareness and engagement. Learn…

2019 BC Construction Health & Safety Conference

The 2019 BC Construction Health & Safety Conference (formerly known as Bridging the Gap) will be held on October 24th and 25th.  This year’s conference is not to be missed as there is another strong speaker line up and NEW venue, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. LEARN ABOUT: Practical…

4th Annual Racing for Safety Social Event – September 6th

Don your finest suits, dresses and head toppers (or just wear shorts!) and join us on Friday, September 6th at the Hastings Race Course for our 4th Annual Racing for Safety Social Event… …which will, undoubtedly, include Beer (for Safety). Friday Nights at Hastings includes Live Races with live…

Member and Board Meeting – July 25, 2019

Please be advised that the next BCCGA Member and Board meeting will be held on Thursday July 25th from 10 am until 3 pm with lunch included.  The meeting will be held at BC Hydro at Dunsmuir and Homer in Vancouver. The Day agenda and…

Technical Safety BC ~ State of Safety 2018

We are pleased to provide you with Technical Safety BC’s State of Safety report for 2018. The report documents TSBC’s work over the past year through stories and data on hazards, incidents, and safety management of technical systems in British Columbia. Here are some important highlights of…

Companies honoured for safe digging

Journal Of Commerce| News Service | June 6, 2019 Surrey, B.C. – Three companies have been singled out by the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) for their commitment to safe digging practices. The companies were acknowledged to have made a high number of tickets into BC…

3 Day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course June 11th – 13th, 2019

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at our *NEW* KPU Civic Plaza Campus Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course at KPU Civic Plaza 13485 Central Avenue, Surrey, B.C. http://www.kpu.ca/civicplaza $550+GST/per Student  Course details can be found on the KPU web…

7th Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium

The 7th Annual CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from October 8-10, 2019! We look forward to you joining us as we focus on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders. We hope you utilize this opportunity to network with peers from…

3 Day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course May 14th – 16th, 2019

BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist Course in Surrey at the *NEW* KPU Civic Plaza Campus Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the 3 day BCCGA Utility Locator Specialist course at KPU Civic Plaza 13485 Central Avenue, Surrey, B.C. http://www.kpu.ca/civicplaza $550+GST/per Student  Course details can be found on the KPU web…

NASTT-BC 2019 Trenchless Technology Roadshow – May 6 – 8

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s British Columbia Chapter (NASTT-BC), the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), and Benjamin Media are pleased to announce the 2019 Trenchless Technology Road Show in Richmond/Vancouver, BC. This show will consist of two full days of technical presentations and…

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.…

Expo digs deep into pipeline safety

Journal of Commerce | Warren Frey | March 21, 2019 Dial before you dig isn’t negotiable, but it is often forgotten. A FortisBC expert explained the potential hazards and procedures involved when builders dig around, over and under buried pipes and wires to attendees at…

DIRT Data Submission Deadline Approaching

The submission deadline of March 31st is fast approaching. All 2018 data must be submitted before the deadline to be included in the 2018 Annual DIRT report. If you missed or want to re-watch our webinar on how to submit your DIRT data, you can find it here.…

Operators Without Borders in Belize…

Operators Without Borders has formally invited Ron Enns, on behalf of Continuing & Professional Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, to join a team of water and wastewater operators who will be volunteering this February in Belize. The goal is to build capacity in water and…

Member & Board Meeting – February 28th

Please be advised that the next BCCGA Member and Board meeting will be held on Thursday February 28th from 10 am until 3 pm with lunch included.  The meeting will be held at Technical Safety BC at 2889 East 12th Avenue, Suite 600. The Day…

Submit your DIRT data by March 31!

DIRT data submissions for calendar year 2018 are due March 31, 2019, so please get your data in as soon as possible to inform the comprehensive 2018 DIRT Report. Visit www.cga-dirt.com to get started today! If you already submitted your data for 2018, thank you! No further action is required.…

Before You Dig Partners Cutover Day Timeline

Before You Dig Partners is launching the new system at 8 PM MST, January 31, 2019. For more information and the timeline of planned cutover activities on January 31, please see the Cutover Day Checklist found at:https://beforeyoudigpartners.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360022381232-Cutover-Day-Timeline-Member-Information-Document

Looking for Utility Locate Instructors

BCMSA & KPU are looking for Utility Locate Instructors, if you are interested please apply! BC Municipal Safety association & Kwantlen Polytechnic University are looking for Instructors for the BC Common Ground Alliance 3 day Utility Locater Specialist course. If you are a subject matter expert in…

2019 City of Excellence Award

We are reintroducing this prestigious award with a simpler nomination process. The award recognizes local governments for activities that improve ground disturbance, safe excavation techniques and best practice at or around underground infrastructure, in the year previous to the award. Who’s eligible? Any BC local government…

Important Announcement about the Pelican Software Cutover

On behalf of Mike Sullivan, PresidentAlberta One-Call Corporation Over many months, the Pelican Project team has worked diligently to produce and test new software that will provide Western Canada with the most technologically advanced One Call system in North America and the BeforeYouDig Partners Project…

Annual Report to our Members and Partners

We are once again pleased to submit this year’s ‘BCCGA Annual Report – 2018‘  on behalf of our Board of Directors. This report provides a summary of the main successes that have taken place throughout the 2018 calendar year in relation to our new strategic…