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

Ottawa South By-election candidate response on aggregates issues

July 29, 2013

As part of our outreach efforts, OSSGA members and staff sent a letter of introduction to the candidates from all three major political parties in each of the five Ontario by-elections taking place on August 1, 2013. 
The five constituencies that will be electing a new MPP on August 1st are: Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Ottawa South, Scarborough-Guildwood and Windsor-Tecumseh.
After a conversation with OSSGA, the following statement was received from the Matt Young (PC) campaign in Ottawa South:

The stability of the construction industry is a fundamental corner stone of rebuilding Ontario -- and we recognize that aggregate resources are integral in this industry. Jobs can only be created across Ontario when job-creators like your members are given an economic environment in which to thrive -- lower taxes, lower energy rates, less government waste to allow funding of necessary infrastructure projects.

Continuing dialogue between the OSSGA and other industry associations with MPPs is one which Matt not only encourages, but believes mandatory to move Ontario forward. He very much looks forward to this when he is the representative from Ottawa South in the Provincial Legislature.

Again thank you, and best wishes to you and your members.
-- Matt Young PC Campaign, Ottawa South, July 29, 2013