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OMB Announces Webinars to Discuss Rules of Practice and Procedures for The New LPAT March 5, 2018
The OMB has distributed the following invitation for a webinar primer on the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal which members may be interested in attending. The webinar is free but you must preregister. Note that it says that the new rules will come into effect on April 3rd. At the OSSGA Conference, a presentation was made which included speculation on what the implications of the new system could be, and timelines on transitioning to the new LPAT system. It is available in the members area of the website, and for members' convenience I have attached it here. We will continue to monitor and keep you posted on this issue.
Final Week to Nominate a Professional for Rock to Road's Top 10 Under 40! February 26, 2018
This year’s Top 10 Under 40 will involve anyone who was under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2017. Nominees can come from anyone who is involved in Canada’s rock to road industry, including business owners and management, contractors, equipment operators, technicians, trainers and researchers.
Safe Work Practices for the Aggregates Industry December 14, 2017
Make sure you're up to speed with the IHSA manual on safe work practices for the aggregates industry.
2018 OSSGA Conference and AGM at Deerhurst Resort December 11, 2017
The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association welcomes its members to Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. Sharing our story and mastering our message is extremely important, and OSSGA has developed a conference agenda that will provide leadership, thought and guidance on doing just that. We have brought together an outstanding lineup of industry and keynote speakers combined with evening entertainment to deliver an impactful conference.
MNRF Finalizes Safe Harbour Habitat Policy December 1, 2017
The Safe Habour Habitat Policy has now been finalized and was broadened to include special concern species in addition to endangered and threatened species.
MPAC Update November 28, 2017
OSSGA has been advised that the Assessment Review Board (ARB) has issued procedural dates of February 2018 for the County of Wellington’s appeals on the current MPAC assessment, meaning that the procedural ‘timeline’ will commence at that point.

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MNRF and MMA Release the Updated Provincial Plans

May 18, 2017 at 3:45 PM

The following announcement was sent Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Ministers Kathryn McGarry and Bill Mauro:

Following two years of extensive consultation, including recommendations from an Advisory Panel chaired by former federal cabinet minister and former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, we have released four updated land use plans that will help residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Niagara Escarpment area live, work and play in communities that are healthy, prosperous and sustainable:

  • The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017)
  • The Greenbelt Plan (2017)
  • The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2017)
  • The Niagara Escarpment Plan (2017)

The four plans are available for review and download at:

These plans will protect our quality of life for generations to come and will help us prepare for a future in which the region is forecast to grow to 13.5 million by 2041. The plans work together to manage growth, build complete communities, curb sprawl, provide a range of housing options, and attract jobs and investments, while addressing climate change, preserving and protecting green spaces, farmland and ecologically sensitive lands and waters.

To develop these updated plans, we met with more than 4,600 attendees at town hall meetings, open houses, and technical briefings, and received more than 42,000 comments. We heard from First Nations and Métis communities, municipalities, farmers, developers, environmental organizations, local residents, the Greenbelt Council, and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. This input has been invaluable in helping to shape the final plans we are releasing today as part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the Co-ordinated Review and provided their recommendations and feedback. We look forward to working together to implement the new policies to support a strong, healthy and sustainable future for our growing region.


Bill Mauro                                                              
Minister of Municipal Affairs

Kathryn McGarry
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry       

OSSGA and its committees are working through the documents and will be releasing a summary of the changes early next week.  

Stay tuned.