TORONTO, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - The OSWCA and its 800 member companies
across the province are very pleased that the Ontario Legislature came
together today in a spirit of collaboration to pass Bill 8 - Ontario
Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012.
"This is a huge victory in the OSWCA's continued efforts to see Ontario
become the first Canadian province to mandate a provincial wide "One
Call" system and will go a long way to making Ontario a safer place for
us to work and live" said Mark Van Bree, President of the OSWCA.
This Act will enable our member companies to call just one simple number
to request and receive all required underground locates. Previously,
our members had to call up to 13 different numbers, often unsure if
they had reached all underground utility owners. This newly minted "One
Call" system will drastically decrease the number of underground
infrastructure assaults that happen during excavation, making Ontario a
safer and more economically prosperous province.
"Now that the Bill has passed the OSWCA is eager to begin working with
the Ontario government on the regulations to ensure that this
legislation reaches the desired results of making excavations as safe
as possible" stated Joe Accardi, OSWCA Executive Director.
The OSWCA would like to thank the Ontario Legislature for their hard
work and dedication that went along with passing Bill 8. We would like
to specifically recognize and commend MPP Bob Bailey of Sarnia -
Lambton and MPP Paul Miller of Hamilton East - Stony Creek for their
diligence in ensuring that Ontario "One Call" remained a top priority
for the legislature.
The OSWCA is the voice of over 800 members across Ontario including
contractors, manufactures, consulting engineers and distributors. We
are champions of environmental protection and best practices in safety
and water system management. Collectively, we perform over $1 billion a
year in capital projects to ensure clean, safe drinking water and
environmentally responsible wastewater treatment and disposal.
To learn more about the OSWCA visit www.oswca.org
SOURCE Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
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Assistant Executive Director