TEMPLATE Letter for Members to Use to Submit Responses to ERO Posting on Growth Plan February 13, 2019
The government has submitted a proposal to make Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. OSSGA has made the point to the government that the current policy framework is not working. Approvals for new mineral aggregate operations in Southern Ontario are taking up to 10 years to complete the process. There are too many overlapping policies and inconsistent approaches between the Provincial Plans, Regional Official Plans, Local Official Plans and Conservation Authority policies regarding the management of this essential non-renewable resource.
Specification Alert February 6, 2019
Please be advised that there have been changes made to Aggregate Specifications for OPSS 1002, April 2018. This revised specification has been included in several MTO tender documents recently, most notably MTO Contract #2018-2024, Hwy 400 & Hwy 89 Interchange, Closing Feb. 14, 2019 and has raised concerns with many suppliers.
Avenues Winter 2019 Issue Now Available! February 5, 2019
The newest Winter 2019 issue of Avenues Magazine is now available online!
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications Are Now Available! February 1, 2019
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications to the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association are now available. Visit ossga.com/why_join_ossga to apply!
Securing Access to Stone, Sand & Gravel: OSSGA's Recommendations for Securing Close-to-Market Aggregate January 30, 2019
Ensuring Economic Growth and Future Greenspace in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Revised Sample Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Now Available for OSSGA Members January 18, 2019
Under the Federal Government's amended WHMIS legislation, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Progressive Rehabilitation Award – Walker Industries

March 28, 2017 at 1:54 PM

From 2010 to 2016, McGregor Quarry’s progressive rehabilitation efforts focused on readying the site for final rehabilitation, and their vision calls for sloped walls leading down to a water-filled quarry. Rehabilitated areas include seven hectares on the site’s west wall, 4.5 hectares on its east wall, and 1.38 hectares on the south side.

Throughout the years, these slopes have been sculpted and seeded, and the company has planted trees along the top perimeter. Special seed mixtures (using species native to the region) were used to prevent erosion. The rehabilitation required over one million cubic meters of overburden from onsite sources, and topsoil was spread to depths of six inches. Looking ahead, part of the final rehabilitation will include filling the quarries’ south end from an elevation of 125asl to 185asl, which will require 35 million cubic metres of fill. That part of the rehabilitation area will be progressively rehabilitated over the next 100 years of the mine’s operation.

The McGregor Quarry, operated by Walker Industries – Walker Aggregates Inc. in the Town of Amherstburg, earned the 2016 Progressive Rehabilitation award from OSSGA.

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Progressive Rehabilitation Award recognizes ongoing efforts of individual operators in progressively rehabilitating their sites in accordance with their site plans.



“I’m extremely honoured to be receiving three prestigious industry awards on behalf of the employees of the McGregor Quarry,” says Walker Aggregates Executive Vice-President Ken Lucyshyn. “These employees host neighbourhood events, support community charities, ensure the property is clean and environmentally safe, and work to rehabilitate the mined-out areas of the quarry to a natural state with the planting of native trees and grasses. I’m very proud of the work they do.”

OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program

The OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program recognizes a wide range of activities that contribute to a progressive image of our member aggregate producers and the aggregate industry as a whole. A key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation.

“We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their community,” said Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “All of the award winners this year have met and exceeded those expectations.”

Submissions for OSSGA’s Industry Recognition Awards are due in November or at any time of year for the Bronze Plaque. Members are invited to download a copy of OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program Guide for full details of submission requirements.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than the 2016 OSSGA Industry Recognition and Student Design Award winners!