Special Members Meeting – Nov 5th





Special Members Meeting 2020
Please join us on Nov 5th, at 12:00 P.M. (EST).

INVITATION TO ONTARIO ONE CALL’S SPECIAL MEMBERS MEETING
 
November 5th, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Dear Members,

Ontario One Call would like to invite you to participate in a webinar for the Special Members Meeting on November 5th, 2020.

The purpose of the Special Members Meeting is to have a final review and vote on the changes Ontario One Call is proposing to its by-laws and fee schedule. Ontario One Call will also host a Members Consultation Meeting on September 30th to review the proposed changes.

To review the full proposal package please click here.
 
Please contact Member Services at MemberServices@OntarioOneCall.ca if you would like to submit a proxy vote for the Special Members Meeting prior to November 4th, 2020.

Key Dates:

  • August 21st – Ontario One Call to send out notification of September 30th consultation meeting
  • September 18th – Ontario One Call sent out official notice of November Special Members Meeting
  • September 30th – Member Consultation Meeting via webinar
  • September 30th to October 16th – Stakeholders are asked to provide written feedback on the proposed changes
  • November 5th – Special Members Meeting to vote on the proposed changes

Member Consultation Meeting

September 30th, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The purpose of this consultation is to review the changes Ontario One Call is proposing to its by-laws and fee schedule.

 

Register Here

 

Please RSVP for the September 30th Member Consultation Meeting by clicking the ‘Register Here!’ button above.

Registration for the webinar is available until Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:00 am.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Special Members Meeting

November 5th, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to have a final review and vote on the changes Ontario One Call is proposing to its by-laws and fee schedulethe  by-laws and fee schedule.

Register Here

 

Please RSVP for the November 5th Special Members Meeting by clicking the ‘Register Here!’ button above.

Registration for the webinar is available until Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 11:00 am.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you require further information or would like to provide feedback, please contact Cory Officer via email at cofficer@OntarioOneCall.ca.

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Ontario One Call Member Consultation Meeting – Sept 30th


Member Consultation Meeting 2020
Please join us on Sep 30, at 12:00 P.M. (EDT).

INVITATION TO ONTARIO ONE CALL’S MEMBER CONSULTATION MEETING

September 30, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Dear Members,

Ontario One Call would like to invite you to participate in a webinar consultation meeting on September 30, 2020. This consultation is being held prior to a special membership vote planned for November 5th, 2020.

The purpose of this consultation is to review changes Ontario One Call is proposing to its by-laws and fee schedule. More details of the proposals will be circulated on September 18th. Please RSVP using the link below to help ensure we keep you updated throughout this process.

Excavators and other stakeholders are also invited to provide feedback and are welcome to join the September 30th webinar.

Key Dates:

  • August 21st – Ontario One Call to send out notification of September 30th consultation meeting
  • September 18th – Ontario One Call to send out official notice of November Special Members Meeting
  • September 30th – Member Consultation Meeting via webinar
  • September 30th to October 16th – Stakeholders are asked to provide written feedback on the proposed changes
  • November 5th – Special Members Meeting to vote on the proposed changes

If you require further information or would like to provide feedback, please contact Cory Officer via email at cofficer@OntarioOneCall.ca.

Register Here

 

Please RSVP for the September 30th Member Consultation Meeting by clicking the ‘Register Here!’ button above. The registration page will open in your browser and you will be asked to fill out pertinent information.

Registration for the webinar is available until Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:00 am.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Press Release: The Professional Locate Administrator Course is here

 

ONTARIO ONE CALL LAUNCHES THE PROFESSIONAL LOCATE ADMINISTRATOR COURSE

Join the hundreds of people registering for Ontario One Call’s new course. Achieve a new designation, improve skills, and offer increased value to your company.

September 14, 2020 (Press Release) – Launching this October, the Professional Locate Administrator Course (PLAC) is an interactive online program, designed to create expert Locate Administrators. The course provides an in-depth understanding of how to effectively request and manage locates within the Province of Ontario. Learners will be taken through interactive online modules covering various topics related to planning projects, making accurate locate requests, staying within the regulations, utilizing tools, avoiding issues, troubleshooting and so much more.

“If you work for a company that digs, and your job involves requesting and organizing locates, this course is for you,” says Ian Simpson, Director of Education, Marketing, and Compliance. “Whether you are brand new to the industry or are a seasoned professional, when finished, you will be the go-to-person within an organization to answer questions related to locates.”

Once a learner has successfully completed the program, they will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for 2 years. Most students on average take about 6 hours to complete the course, which includes nine modules, quizzes, and a final exam.

Ontario One Call offers a free service for anyone who needs to make a locate request so they can dig in the province. Until now, there was no industry-wide training available on how to make good quality locate requests. PLAC is looking to change that. “Making accurate and good quality locate requests would relieve a lot of pressure on the system,” says Simpson. “Good quality locate requests should help Utilities and Municipalities with the timely delivery of their locates.”

The cost of PLAC is $84.95 + HST. Although the course doesn’t officially launch until October, hundreds of people are pre-registering.

Ontario One Call is offering a 25% off pre-registration sale running from September 8th to 30th.

To register or find out more details visit: OntarioOneCall.ca/PLAC

Ontario One Call is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a communications link between utility companies, underground infrastructure owners, and individuals who are planning to dig in the province of Ontario. In 2012, the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act was passed, which stipulates by law that anyone in the province of Ontario must contact Ontario One Call before they dig.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ontario One Call Education and Training Department
Training@OntarioOneCall.ca

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

ONTARIO ONE CALL NEWS

Ontario One Call Continues to be Fully Operational

Thank you to all front-line workers for keeping us safe during this pandemic.  We appreciate all the work that you continue to do.

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario One Call has remained fully operational to handle locate requests. As more outdoor projects are being planned, we need your help to make sure people are safe by spreading the Call or Click Before You Dig message.

Prevent damages, stop injuries, and avoid financial penalties. Call or Click Before You Dig.

Make Your Requests Online

We are in the busy dig season, and our phone lines are getting busier. Avoid waiting, save time, and make more accurate locates by requesting online.
Visit us at: OntarioOneCall.ca

Join our Virtual AGM June 25th

Registration for the webinar is available until Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:00pm.

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Unable to Attend?

If you are unable to attend our upcoming virtual AGM on June 25th, 2020, you could still have your voice heard.

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Locate Request Trends – April and May

Due to COVID-19, April saw a dramatic decrease in the volume of locate requests. With the province loosening up construction restrictions in May, volumes have increased to seasonal norms.

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Change your links

Switch your marketing materials and web links to OntarioOneCall.ca now.

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New Marketing Materials
Get the latest materials

Get the latest Ontario One Call Marketing Materials and spread the Call or Click Before You Dig Message.

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LATE LOCATE SYMPOSIUM – SOLUTIONS

Sharing Locates

Excavators can share locates.  Find out who is responsible and examples of when locates can be shared.

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Sharing With Subcontractors  

If you plan to share locates, include your subcontractor on the locate request. Follow this best practice.

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Dedicated Locator
A Late Locate Symposium Initiative

Dedicated Locator is one of the five Late Locate Symposium solutions identified that could be implemented quickly for an immediate and positive impact for the 2020 dig season. Find out what it is and how it works.

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Standardized Locate Validity
A Late Locate Symposium Initiative

It’s a standardized approach to help manage locates and reduce the amount of relocates. Locates will be valid longer and each Member’s locates will have the same expiry date.

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EDUCATION STATION – BEST PRACTICES

Multiple Civic Request

Follow this Best Practice when you are submitting a multiple civic request.

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Launching Later This Year

PLAC  is an interactive online course, designed to create expert Locate Administrators.

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New Subdivision Request

Follow this Best Practice when you are submitting a new subdivision request.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

ORCGA
How to Dig Safe

Written by the ORCGA, this is what every contractor needs to know. Learn about dangers, responsibilities, and how to always dig safely.

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DIRT Report is Available

The DIRT Report is compiled annually by the ORCGA and provides analysis on the root cause of damages.
Read the latest report.

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 Construction
Health & Safety

The Province provides resources, best practices and information to help construction employers understand their responsibilities while operating during COVID-19.

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CCGA Best Practices
Underground Infrastructure Damage Prevention

Keep your worksite and the people you work with safe by following the CCGA’s Best Practices. Damage prevention is a shared responsibility.

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Sharing Locates

Sharing Locates

Ontario One Call would like to remind excavators of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) Best Practices regarding the sharing of locates.

 CCGA Best Practices

Section 4-7 Locate Requests
CCGA Best Practices Version 3.0 – October 2018

Practice Statement: Every excavator on the job has an appropriate locate form before excavating.

Practice Description: Often, there are several excavators on a job site performing work. The construction schedule may dictate different types of work requiring excavation from different specialty contractors simultaneously. It is preferable for each excavator to obtain their own individual locate before excavating to ensure that the specific areas have been appropriately marked by any affected owner. However, where a single locate is relied upon by multiple users on the same project, it is the responsibility of the excavator to ensure that the locate is appropriate for the intended excavation, giving due consideration to the limits of the located area, depth of excavation, ticket life, and the existence of any facilities installed since the locate was performed.

Examples of Sharing Locates

Here are some acceptable examples of sharing locates, provided the General Contractor uses their regular contract ID and not an ALA ID.

  1. General Contractor requests locate for self and their subcontractors in the same excavation area by listing all subcontractors on the locate request. General Contractor shares locate with subcontractors.  To find out how click here.
  2. General Contractor requests locate for self and shares locate with their subcontractors in the same excavation. Subcontractors are not named on the locate request.


Responsibilities

As a General Contractor sharing a locate, you must ensure that the parameters of the excavation outlined in your locate request are the same as those being performed by your subcontractors.

As a subcontractor receiving a locate from the General Contractor, you are required to review the parameters of the locate to ensure your work is within the locate performed. Otherwise, the subcontractor will require a new locate

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Change Your Ontario One Call Links

Do you use ON1Call.com on your website, paper bill statements, or marketing materials?   Do you have ON1Call.com bookmarked on your computer?

Switch it to OntarioOneCall.ca now!
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Change Now:

On1Call.com will forward to OntarioOneCall.ca for a limited time only. So, please change all bookmarks and/or web links before October 31, 2020.

Change Marketing Materials:

Our marketing efforts are better when we all communicate the same message. If you, or your team, are creating any marketing materials (for example, brochures, bill inserts, postcards, videos, and/or social media posts), please change Ontario One Call’s website to OntarioOneCall.ca.

You can also find free Ontario One Call marketing materials available at OntarioOneCall.ca/resources/

Marketing Materials Available Here

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Assign Your Proxy


Can’t Attend Our AGM,
Assign Your Proxy
 

2020 ONTARIO ONE CALL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEBINAR

If you are unable to attend our upcoming virtual AGM on June 25th, 2020, you could still have your voice heard.

Members of Ontario One Call are able to assign their proxy.  Members interested in completing a proxy before June 22, are asked to contact Member Services via email.

MemberServices@OntarioOneCall.ca

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Locate Volume Trends

 

April Volume

The COVID-19 outbreak had a large impact on the amount of locates being requested. As most requests focused on work for the Ontario government’s essential services list, requests in April were far below normal volumes. Ontario One Call had a 37% decrease in locate requests compared to the previous year. Chart 1-1 (below) shows the volume of requests that were submitted.

Chart 1-1
The below chart shows data from April 1st – 30th.

May Volume

With Premier Ford’s announcement on May 4th, loosening restrictions on construction projects, Ontario One Call saw an immediate jump in locate requests. The volume sustained, and comparing 2019 to 2020 (see chart 1-2) the first three weeks of May showed a return to seasonal request volumes.

There was a notable increase in the last week of May, with an approximate 20% increase in volume compared to the same period in 2019.  As of May 28th (available data at publishing), the total locate volume in May increased by approximately 6% over the previous year.

Chart 1-2
The below chart shows data from May 1st – 28th.

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PLAC – Professional Locate Administrator Course

Launching Later This Year

Online and Interactive

PLAC  is a fully interactive online course, designed to create expert Locate Administrators.

The course provides an in-depth understanding of the steps necessary to effectively manage locates within the Province of Ontario. Learn to plan projects, make accurate locate requests, stay within the regulations, utilize tools, avoid issues, troubleshoot and so much more.

Who should take this course?

If you work for a company that excavates, and your job involves requesting and/or organizing locates, this course is for you.

How long does the course take?

Learners can complete the program in their own time. Estimated learning time is 3 – 5 hours.

Cost

The cost will be announced closer to the launch.

Want the latest news on PLAC?

Here are three ways to stay current on the launch, important dates, promotions, and PLAC related news.

  1. Join our email list – sign-up Here
  2. Visit the Learn Centre page on our website – Click Here
  3. Email our Education & Training team – Training@OntarioOneCall.ca
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