April 1, 2020

WHEREAS, Annual damages to Ontario’s underground infrastructure caused by excavation events number in excess of 4,500 per year. These events cause negative impacts to the Ontario public and our province’s economy; and  

WHEREAS, The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) formed in 2003, whose purpose is to enhance public safety and utility infrastructure reliability through a unified approach to effective and efficient damage prevention, consists of some 500 members dedicated to this purpose, including Ontario1Call; and  

WHEREAS, The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) and the ORCGA have worked collaboratively to produce the “Underground Infrastructure Damage Prevention – Best Practices” handbook to assist in reducing infrastructure damage associated with excavations; and 

WHEREAS, The ORCGA annually promotes many educational events across its thirteen (13) Geographic Councils which cover all of Ontario, including the Dig Safe Kick-Offs in April and “April is Dig Safe Month”, to raise awareness of the importance of proper excavation practices.  

NOW THEREFORE, I, Brian Saunderson, Mayor of the Town of Collingwood  

DO HEREBY PROCLAIM April 1-30, 2020 as “Dig Safe Month” in the Town of Collingwood.  

Dated this 20th day of January, 2020