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A utility locate is of little value unless it is both timely and reliable. In recent years, there have been growing concerns by all stakeholders on both sides of the Canada US border, about the perceived increase in the number and duration of late locate responses.
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Oakville Enterprises Corporation
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Enbridge Gas Inc.
DTS Technical
Ontario One Call’s New Web Portal
Ontario One Call Limited®
Ontario One Call is re-creating our Web Portal to improve the process of submitting Locate Requests! 
The brand new EASY TO USE platform will be launching January 2022 and includes request options for different users, easy to submit design and planning requests for Excavators, and changes to the map functionality.
Be sure to check out the new platform and request your locates online.
Industry News
Source:  dp-PRO
LSAW addresses the need to keep our locators safe on the job. Take the opportunity during this week to acknowledge the locators you work with and let them know how much you appreciate the difficult, challenging, and sometimes dangerous work they do protecting our underground utilities.
Source:  TC Energy
The scholarship categories are Indigenous Legacy, STEM Scholarships and Trade Scholarships.
Basic Scholarship Criteria is listed below:
  • Enrolled in a post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Located in a community near TC Energy's operations or projects
  • Would benefit from supplementary education funding
Contact if you have a questions about the scholarship program.
Source:  Ontario Public Works Association
The Right of Way (ROW) Management Committee of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) has an exciting new scholarship opportunity for any high school, university or college students.  2021 is the first year the scholarship will be awarded and the hope is to continue the program far into the future. 
Source:  ConstructConnect
It will be months before federal regulators either approve or deny Rogers Communications’ proposal to purchase Calgary-based Shaw Communications. In the meantime, many opinions will be expressed, pro and con, largely focused on the implications for Canadian consumers.
PGC Services
Vivax Canada
Source:  CBC
Money is slated to fund projects for clean water, broadband, public transit, clean energy, trade and transportation.
Source:  Trenchless Pedia / ConstructConnect
The construction industry has been in the spotlight forever when it comes to carbon emissions. Construction accounts for almost 1/3rd of global energy consumption, and thus is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
Source:  T&D World
Historically, light detection and ranging was used by utility engineers to aid in the design of transmission lines. The use of this technology has since been expanded to other areas that needed the same level of detail and accuracy, including substations.
Source:  Electrical Contractor
When you design and build a fiber optic network, the goal is to have it work properly with the communications networks you need.
Source:  Canadian Underground Infrastructure
Constructing a tunnel is one of the most challenging parts of an infrastructure project and as such, it is important that their progress continues on schedule. With so many variables, including local geology and the weather, it is important to maximize the performance and reliability of supporting systems, such as dewatering pumping systems.
Source:  BlogTO
With more and more people choosing to flee Toronto as the health crisis continues, nearby cities and towns are seeing a surge of interest from people who want more space for cheaper now that many downtown offices — along with some of the businesses and amenities that have made T.O. attractive — are shuttered for the foreseeable future.
Source:  ConstructConnect
While the construction industry is often considered a laggard in terms of digitization, some companies are taking technology and innovation to the next level.
Source:  DroneDeploy
The largest and most genuine threat to utilities is the effects of climate change. Luckily, the utility industry has adopted tools such as remote sensors and drone imagery to keep teams ahead of disasters.
A & J Vacworx Inc.
Cansel Survey Equipment
Source:  Construction Comment
Construction workers could start to receive their COVID-19 vaccines in June after a classification of essential workers who cannot work from home was expanded to include construction.
Source:  PwC
The COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant effect on markets and commercial activity is presenting a range of challenges to the engineering and construction (E&C) industry.
Source:  Ontario One Call
HGTV personality, Kate Campbell is partnering up with Ontario One Call to help spread important utility safety messages and raise awareness.
Source:  Go Button Media
A new documentary TV series seeks engineers who are passionate about large machines. Those selected for the show will appear on-camera to talk about various machines as feats of modern engineering.
Technoconsor Inc
Vermeer MV Solutions