What is the CGA?
The Common Ground Alliance is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by developing and promoting effective damage prevention practices which we refer collectively to Best Practices. Promoting a spirit of shared responsibility, the CGA welcomes all stakeholders who would like to be a part of the identification and promotion of best practices. In recent years, the CGA has established itself as the leading organization in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. The Canadian Common Ground Alliance currently has 7 regions throughout Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
In order to successfully develop and promote effective damage prevention practices, any persons or companies who may be involved in ground disturbance activities such as excavators, locators, road builders, electric, telecommunications, oil, gas, water, one call, public works, regulators, fencing contractors, landowners, engineering and design are encouraged to participate.
Why is CGA needed?
The underground facility network in Saskatchewan is growing and as a result the stakes are higher for employers and workers as buried facilities become increasingly congested.
Stakeholders in the underground community include excavators, locators, planners as well as facility owners. To date, there has been tremendous effort given to enhancing the safety of various underground operations focusing on both facility and worker protection by a number of individual groups. The CGA will give Saskatchewan the opportunity to play a part in a new collective approach to damage prevention and worker safety in the province. Following the lead of many jurisdictions across North America, several key employers in Saskatchewan have been looking for ways to collectively renew and enhance our approach to damage prevention and underground worker safety in the Province through the creation and promotion of Best Practices.
Understanding the value of a collective approach, Saskatchewan industry partners are committed to adopt the model established in most North American jurisdictions. This member driven association is dedicated to ensuring public safety, worker safety, environmental protection and the integrity of facilities and services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.
How Do You Benefit?
This is your opportunity to become part of an organization that has already demonstrated its value and success across Canada.
Whether you are a facility owner/operator, locator, design professional, One-Call center representative, excavator/contractor or other stakeholder, ensuring the safety of those who work or live in the vicinity of underground facilities and protecting our vital services is everyone’s responsibility.
The benefits of participation in the Saskatchewan Common Ground Alliance include:
- Being part of developing Saskatchewan’s damage prevention “Best Practices”
- Opportunity to resolve industry issues as a group
- Consistent approach to underground practices and related worker safety
- Ongoing contact and information exchange among underground stakeholders
- Recognition as a responsible partner in safety and damage prevention
- Opportunity to participate in the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) data to support accurate and effective strategies and practices to address root cause of damages
How Does it Operate?
The SCGA is a non-profit organization with all operating activities performed by volunteers from our member companies. Membership fees fund the SCGA activities. Bylaws for the SCGA were approved and can be referred to as per the attachment. The SCGA’s corporate structure consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, and volunteer for various Committees that are given the responsibility to complete necessary work for the SCGA. We employ a part time Executive Director to mange the day to day workings of the organization and ensure delivery of the SCGA Business Plan.
Executive Director: Shannon Doka