Ontario One Call (OOC) is committed to working in collaboration with stakeholders, including Infrastructure Owners and Excavators. Our Compliance and Industry Performance (CAIP) team wants the industry to succeed and will continue to offer support, guidance, and education to promote compliance.
As of April 1st, 2023, OOC will have the ability to issue administrative penalties to parties who have contravened the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act. The implementation of this new compliance tool is an important step forward in our organization’s efforts to promote safe digging in Ontario. Click here to access the Administrative Penalty Regulation.
Here is what you can expect:
- Clean start – Stakeholders have a “clean slate” starting April 1st. This means the administrative penalty framework will not be applied to contraventions that occurred before that date.
- Proactive and proportionate – The CAIP team will analyze available data to proactively address compliance issues, rather than relying on information provided by complaints alone.
- Improve Performance – The CAIP team will look to mitigate factors that contribute to untimely locate performance and unsafe digging.
As the administrative penalty framework unfolds, you can expect OOC to focus its efforts on ensuring priority projects receive timely locates, reducing ticket dumping, reducing digging without locates, and reducing late locates.
Anyone who receives an administrative penalty from OOC has the right to appeal through the Ontario Land Tribunal within 15 days.
OOC and the CAIP team want stakeholders to succeed. By working in collaboration and celebrating success, the industry can improve safety and locate performance. OOC has posted documents to the website to help stakeholders, such as:
These important documents combine everything that stakeholders need to know about the Act, by-laws, and regulations, and how to apply them.
OOC plays a vital role in protecting the public from harm and underground infrastructure from damage. Together we can make Ontario a safer place.
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