Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

Aggregate Industry Must Comply with ESTMA

May 18, 2017 at 2:39 PM

The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act came into force as of June 1, 2015.  Reporting entities as defined by the Act (see below)  are required to submit reports for each of their financial years beginning after June 1, 2015.  Reports are due 150 days after year-end.

Members have expressed concern that the nature of the payment disclosures under ESTMA, specifically the payments to TOARC, provide proprietary, competitively sensitive information.  OSSGA has been in communication with NRCan over the past several months to voice our concerns and to ask for an exemption from TOARC as a “payee” under the Act.

Yesterday, in response to our letter of May 9th, OSSGA received notification that NRCan has determined that the industry must comply with the legislation.  The letter stated that:

Regrettably, following a review of the facts and circumstances surrounding payments to TOARC, we have determined that your proposed solution of exempting aggregate producers from reporting payments to TOARC does not conform to the requirements of ESTMA and is therefore not feasible at this time. There is currently no basis for an exemption of this nature under ESTMA, as such payments are required to be disclosed under that Act.

NRCan proposes trying to address your concerns within the parameters of the current legislation. To this end, we offer the following considerations:

  • By virtue of section 9(3) of the ESTMA (Deemed payee), it may be that payments to TOARC are attributable to the Government of Ontario, in which case payments would be reported at the provincial government level.  
  • Payments must be attributed to one of seven payment categories in the ESTMA. Entities should look to the substance, rather than the form, of payments in determining which payment category is applicable. It may be that payments to TOARC, while titled otherwise, are similar in substance to other payments made to the Government of Ontario and should be aggregated and reported as such.
  • The Technical Reporting Specifications defines a “project” as “activities that are governed by a single contract, license, lease, (…) if multiple such agreements are substantially interconnected, this shall be considered a project”. It also states that, where a payment is not attributable to a specific project, it may be disclosed in the report without disaggregating and allocating it to a specific project. Payee-level disclosure for such payments is sufficient.

Once applied to ESTMA reporting, it is possible that the aforementioned considerations would enable aggregate producers to meet their reporting requirements under the Act, while limiting concerns with regard to reporting specific payments made to TOARC.

OSSGA will continue to press this issue by expressing its concerns to the Competition Bureau and by seeking legal advice on other potential alternatives.  However, please be advised that based on the letter from NRCan, as far as the federal government is concerned, members affected by this legislation should know that they are currently expected to comply. Fines for non-compliance are up to $250,000 per day.

Is my company a reporting entity?

The Act requires that all extractive businesses subject to the Act report certain payments such as taxes, royalties, fees, and production entitlements of $100,000 or more to all levels of government in Canada and abroad (including TOARC). The Act applies to extractive entities subject to Canadian law and engaged in the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals (including materials from pits and quarries).  Companies subject to the Act include:

  • Companies listed on a stock exchange in Canada
  • Companies that are doing business in Canada and meet two of the following three criteria in one of their two most recent financial years:
    • At least $20 million in assets
    • At least $40 million in revenue
    • Employ an average of 250 employees

Additional information resources including reporting guides and technical reporting tools for the ESTMA are available at the following link: www.nrcan.gc.ca/ESTMA.