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Why do we need this bill?

Damages to underground infrastructure is costing Canadians at least $1 billion every year. [Fr]

Comprehensive damage legislation for preventing damage to federally regulated underground infrastructure does not exist in Canada.

Damage to underground infrastructure is avoided 99% of the time whenever a locate request is placed with a one-call notification centre.

Provincial damage prevention legislation in Ontario has reduced damages to underground infrastructure in that province by 60%.

It can be as simple as this: [Fr] 

Bill S-229 [Fr] requires:

1. Federally regulated underground infrastructure or that which is located on federal land to register with a notification centre.

2. The public to request a locate from a notification centre prior to digging.

3. Underground infrastructure owners to respond to a locate request by either:

     a) Locating and marking their underground infrastructure.

     b) Providing accurate information of the location of the underground infrastructure.

     c) Providing an “all clear” if digging can proceed without a locate.



Damage Prevention is a Shared Responsibility

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) [Fr] is Canada’s unified damage prevention voice and includes members from many Canadian national organizations and associations who share common damage prevention and public safety solutions.

In promoting a spirit of shared responsibility, the CCGA Regional Partners welcome all stakeholders who wish to be part of the identification and promotion of best practices that reduce damage to buried utilities. Any “best practice,” [Fr] endorsed by CCGA Regional Partners comes with consensus support from experts representing the following stakeholder groups:   Excavators, Locators, Road Builders, Electricity, Telecommunications, Oil, Gas, Railroad, Water, One Call, Public Works, Equipment Manufacturing, Provincial and Federal Regulators, Insurance, Emergency Services and Engineering and Design.

Common Ground Alliance History

The Common Ground Alliance

Officially formed in the United States in 2000, the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) represents a continuation of the damage prevention efforts embodied by the Common Ground Study.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and completed in 1999, this Study represents the collaborative work of 160 industry professionals who identified best practices relating to damage prevention.

The CGA in the U.S. provides today’s optimal forum where stakeholders can share information and perspectives and work together on all aspects of damage prevention issues. This allows the achievement of results that would otherwise be impossible. The CGA is working with industry stakeholders and regulators to produce stronger, more effective results through partnership, collaboration, and the pursuit of common goals in damage prevention.

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance

The CGA’s Canadian history is significantly different than its U.S. parent. In Canada, Regional Partners emerged from the “ground up” in Ontario (ORCGA), British Columbia Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA), Québec CGA (Info-Excavation) [Fr], the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), Saskatchewan Regional Common Ground Alliance (SCGA), Manitoba Regional Common Ground Alliance (MCGA); and, the Atlantic Canada Common Ground Alliance. Recognizing that each Regional Partner shared common national issues, the CCGA began as an ad hoc committee in 2006 to address those issues from a national perspective. Over the course of only a few years, it became clear the CCGA required more structure to maintain momentum on key issues and in 2009, a governance model was introduced and accepted by the Committee. In late 2009, and in accordance with the approved governance model, the CCGA held its first election to secure an “Executive” – a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.

The CCGA’s primary role is to manage damage prevention issues of national interest that Regional Partners consider best addressed through a single voice.


Mailing Address(c/o Alberta One-Call Corporation)

Suite 104, 4242 Seventh Street SECalgary, Alberta T2G 2Y8


CCGA Executive

Todd Scott – Chair

Doug Lapp – Vice Chair

Dr. Dave Basplay – Treasurer

Travis Ferguson – Secretary

Mike Sullivan – Executive Director Email: