Call Before You Dig Pilot Project to Protect Underground Infrastructure on Federal Lands

June 22, 2018

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MP Longfield beside Senator Grant Mitchell at a roundtable discussion on the memorandum of understanding between Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure, such as cables and pipes, located on federal lands.

Government working with Canadian Common Ground Alliance to protect federal underground infrastructure

The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety for construction workers, Canadians and our federal public infrastructure.

Today, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding between Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) to improve the protection of underground infrastructure, such as cables and pipes, located on federal lands.

Building on the important work of the Honourable Grant Mitchell, Senator for Alberta, and Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, to raise awareness of the protection of underground infrastructure, PSPC, together with the CCGA, will launch a pilot project to improve and coordinate current notification processes for work on federal lands. This will further strengthen existing processes and prevent damage to underground infrastructure. It will also ensure safety for the public and workers, and improve the safety of federally regulated underground infrastructure.

PSPC will be working with the CCGA and other government departments and agencies within the public service to facilitate a government-wide approach.

Quotes

"Six departments, led by PSPC, have collaborated to provide an entrepreneurial solution to work with business to reduce regulation, improve safety, and streamline processes together.  “All of Government” is more than a phrase: it really works in partnership with Canadian businesses!"

Lloyd Longfield
Member of Parliament for Guelph

"Our government is proud to work with the Canadian Common Ground Alliance to reinforce measures that will further ensure the safety of construction workers and Canadians while protecting the federal underground infrastructure.”

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick facts

  • Underground infrastructure generally refers to a cable, line, pipe, conduit or structure used to gather, store or convey products or services beneath the ground surface or submerged, including where exposed by temporary excavation.

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