Legislation Stalled, but Canadian Government Signs Damage Prevention MoU
The Canadian Government, through Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), has signed a MoU with the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure located on federal lands.
Meanwhile, legislation to establish a mandatory regime similar to Dial Before You Dig appears to be stalled for almost a year.
“There has been a considerable amount of work taking place since May 2017 when bill S229, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act, was adopted in the Canadian Senate”, says Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the CCGA. “The bill and the CCGA’s strategic awareness campaign brought S229, and damage prevention in general, to the federal government’s attention. Ultimately, it was PSPC that reached out to the CCGA and initiated discussions culminating with the MoU.”
Under the MoU PSPC and CCGA will launch a pilot project to improve and coordinate current notification processes for work on federal lands.
PSPC says this will strengthen existing processes and prevent damage to underground infrastructure, ensure safety for the public and workers, and improve the safety of federally regulated underground infrastructure…(Read the full story)