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Thank you all those that attended, our speakers for their presentations and our Co-Chairs for their assistance in the planning.

With almost 400 in attendance at 13 meetings, it was a successful return to in-person meetings.


Didn’t make it out to a meeting? Some of the presentations were recorded.


Click here to view!


PDFs will be available on our website soon! If you need them immediately, please email



BOOK YOUR FOURSOME NOW! We are expecting to sell out this year so get your registration in early.


Watch your email for your invite! Not receiving the invite? Please email


Note: This is an ORCGA member only tournament. 



Tuesday, November 21st, 2023 - Thursday, November 23, 2023

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac 

Quebec City, QC


The Canadian Common Ground Alliance is excited to announce our Call for Papers for the 2023 CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium. To be considered, please complete the submission process and be sure to include all pertinent details. Submissions will be open until May 31, 2023. Those that are accepted will be contacted by June 30, 2023, to confirm participation on the program.


We are requesting papers for the following topics but encourage papers on any topic relevant to damage prevention in your industry.


• Planning, Engineer's reality

• Mapping

• Excavation work methods

• Technology

• Excavator's reality

• Legislation, Rules, Standards

• Municipality's reality

• Cases study

• Abroad

• Communications

Enbridge Gas Inc.

The Safe Excavation Training (SET) course sets the standard on damage prevention and safe excavation practices around underground infrastructure. It is the knowledge requirement for excavators in Ontario.


Excavators who successfully complete the training will be awarded the Safe Excavation Certificate, demonstrating they know best practices and proper procedures to minimize damage, ensure worker and public safety, and keep projects on time and on budget. They enhance their own and their company’s reputation as professionals dedicated to the health of the industry and the public.


Developed by the ORCGA in consultation with numerous subject matter experts and corporate training experts Flint Learning Solutions, this training is based on the latest research and resources on excavation best practices, legislation and standards. It provides instruction on the fundamentals of compliance, planning and design, notification service, locating and marking, and excavation.




Visit (ORCGA Training) for additional information.

Industry News
Source:  Link2Build Ontario
More than 80% of Ontario’s non-residential contractors say they’re feeling good about their prospects for business in 2023, despite rising interest rates, and ongoing recessionary talk.
The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) revealed the findings of its annual Contractor Survey in March. The report captures the industry’s business outlook for the coming year, while monitoring critical issues affecting the industry. Some of the themes that have cut across recent editions of the report include temporary business closures, enhanced health and sanitation standards, and supply chain disruptions.
Source:  Link2Build Ontario
Parks Canada has announced $74 million worth of spending over the next three years for projects along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site near Peterborough.
The investment, which is part of the $557 million in funding announced by the Government of Canada in late 2022, will conserve the heritage value of these important cultural resources.
Vivax Canada
Source:  ConstructConnect
It’s a chance to shape the future of trades education in Ontario.
That’s how Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) is framing its new Standards Industry Advisory Committees, which are inviting trades professionals to contribute their expertise and provide support as the agency develops and updates standards and examinations.
“This is an opportunity for trade professionals to make their mark on their trades,” said Melissa Young, CEO and registrar of STO.
Source:  On Site 
The labour shortage in construction isn’t a surprise for contractors anymore. Although the pandemic certainly intensified the impact of shortages, the construction sector has been coping with fewer and fewer recruits for more than a decade, but with an aging labour pool and a huge demand for workers, the shortage has reached new levels. Being strategic with planning your workforce is more important than ever before.
Vermeer Canada Inc.
Source:  Ontario Construction News 
Skilled Trades Ontario is inviting subject matter experts to participate in developing standards and examinations to ensure they continue to meet the needs of industry, apprentices, and trades professionals in the province.
“Ontario is internationally recognized for providing top-tier training and certification standards, following best practices and relying on expert advice,” said Melissa Young, CEO/Registrar, Skilled Trades Ontario. “Today, we are building on that progress by inviting experts across the skilled trades to have their say as we work to ensure apprentices are trained to the highest standard and have the tools they need to succeed in today’s workforce.”
Reef Industries, Inc.