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November 2021
A Message from your President, Steve McEachen

Roadcut Permit Delays
The City of Ottawa Right of Way Group has put forward a request for approval of 10 new full-time staff positions.

On November 1, 2021, I attended the City Transportation Committee meeting and confirmed industry's support of this request with the understanding that this would be sufficient to ensure timely processing of all permits including during peak construction times. I am also pleased to report that the backlog has been eliminated and road cut permits are now being issued within 10 days and within 24 to 48 hours for IS projects.  

If you continue to experience delays, please email Kathryn Sutherland at 
Review & Confirm your Company Contact Information
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Committee Updates

Social Procurement & Advocacy Committees - s
eeking volunteers
NCHCA's Social Procurement and Advocacy Committees are seeking members. To express interest, please contact Kathryn Sutherland at

Education Series - suggest a topic
NCHCA is currently planning for the 2022 Education Series in collaboration with the City of Ottawa and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies. Please let us know if there is a topic or a speaker that you would like to suggest by emailing Kathryn Sutherland at

Late Locates Working Group
NCHCA is participating in an Ontario One Call working group to address challenges in the Ontario locate system. Meetings are taking place weekly from now to the end of December 2021. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Excess Soil Committee - Webinar
NCHCA's Excess Soil Committee hosted a webinar on November 17, 2021 to discuss excess soil management in 2022.  The webinar offered practical information and walked through through the lifecycle of a project identifying issues and concerns from three perspectives: municipal owner, private owner, contractor. 
Missed the webinar? View recording.

Excess Soil - The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
The first part of O.Reg. 406/19 came into effect on January 1, 2021. 
Additional parts of the regulation are scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2022. For more information visit: RPRA’s website and the excess soil webpage.

Materials from MECP webinars that have previously taken place have been included below.
October 27, 2021 - Area - Source Sites
October 29, 2021 - Reuse Sites 
November 3, 2021 - Transportation of Excess Soil 
November 5, 2021 - Infrastructure Projects
November 12, 2021 - Excess Soil Registry Regulatory Requirements
November 19, 2021 - Vac Trucks and Liquid Soil Management

Future webinars by MECP are scheduled for the following dates. To register, click the link below.
November 24, 2021 - Qualified Persons (QP) and Excess Soil Planning  
November 26, 2021 - Soil Depots and Storage Sites  

If you have any questions about implementation of the Excess Soil Regulation, please email   
NCHCA Recruitment & Retention Project Update 
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada
and the Government of Ontario.
Presentation of Strategies and Solutions
Join us on December 2, 2021, when the four strategy working groups will report on  the strategies and solutions developed at the workshops. Workshop participants will be sharing their work, the identified leverage points and the strategies to take advantage of these. We will seek feedback from the industry and indicate next steps for the project and how the industry can be involved.

For more information and to join the meeting, please see the event page on NCHCA's website.

Questions? Please contact Kathryn Sutherland at
Understanding the impact of the Construction Act on your Business
The Ontario Road Builders' Association is a member of the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario (CDAO) who is conducting research through a short, confidential survey to get a clear understanding of how the Construction Act is impacting your business and our industry as part of Ontario’s broader construction and design sector. 
Please take a moment to complete the survey.

NCHCA Welcomes Drain-All Ltd.

613.739.1070 /
Drain-All provides private locating services to the construction industry, with an experienced and qualified team of Damage Prevention Technicians, in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. 

Our team at Drain-All has a combined 40 years experience in the locate industry. We can help you manage your locate package, while ensuring a safe workplace and keeping the current infrastructure intact. We also provide continuity tests on newly installed utilities, as well as CCTV footage and a report of sewer system conditions to ensure proper installation. 

Our locate team can also help you find breaks in conduits or blockages in sewer mains, minimizing the area needed to expose, saving time, money, and keeping ground disturbance to a minimum.

Additionally, Drain-All offers a wide variety of Industrial and Environmental services that include Hydrovac Excavation, Pumping and Flushing, Hazardous Waste Collection/Disposal and 24/7 Emergency Response Services.

NCHCA Welcomes DBM Consulting Inc.

Dave Meikle, the Founder and President of DBM Consulting, has 30 plus years in the construction industry. Dave has experience in value engineering, land development, growth and management of businesses like aggregates, general contracting, extruded polystyrene, fencing and asphalt. He was responsible for the purchase, construction and operation of two asphalt plants for two of Ottawa's leading construction companies, completed many company and land acquisitions and developed a large wealth of contacts and friends within the Ottawa area in numerous disciplines. 

DBM Consulting is bringing its experience, contacts and knowledge to its clients by way of identifying synergies between clients and contacts, helping to buy or sell properties that are not yet “on the market” and introduce prospective employees or employers. These are just a few examples of what DBM Consulting has to offer so feel free to enquire.
NCHCA / City Liaison
The next NCHCA / City Liaison meeting is Friday, December 17, 2021, at 8:00 am.
Liaison meetings provide an opportunity for NCHCA and the City of Ottawa to discuss general topics related to City of Ottawa construction projects, processes, and initiatives and to promote relationships and collaborative efforts between industry and the City of Ottawa. Liaison Meeting Terms of Reference

City of Ottawa Vaccination Policy
 Visit the City of Ottawa website for more information. 

Paid Duty Police Officers 
Police may be required to direct traffic at signalized intersections, when those intersections are adversely affected by construction operations. At a minimum, police are required in the following scenarios:
  • if there is a need to direct traffic within 30 m of a signalized intersection. Traffic Control Persons are not permitted to direct traffic within 30m of a signalized intersection. 
  • if any traffic signal display is visually obstructed by equipment or materials.
  • where a lane re-alignment or lane use requires traffic to travel contrary to the existing pavement markings and/or signage. 

Submit a  Liaison Topic
To request that a topic be added to the Liaison meeting agenda for discussion, please send your suggestion to Kathryn Sutherland at
NCHCA Events
December 2, 2021
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Recruitment Project Presentation of Strategies & Solutions
Visit our event page for more information
January 25, 2022
Morning Session
Virtual Education Series: Heavy Construction Outlook
Sponsorship opportunities now available. No need to register.
January 17, 2022
10:00am to 4:00pm
NCHCA Curling Bonspiel
Registration and sponsorship opportunities now available.
April 7, 2022
5:00pm to 9:00pm
NCHCA Annual General Meeting
Centurion Conference and Event Centre
View NCHCA's Events Calendar
To share your event suggestions, please email Kerri Albright at
Industry Events
Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2022
ORBA Convention & AGM
Fairmont Royal York - Toronto
February 6 to 9, 2022
Blue Mountain Resort
April 12 & 13, 2022
OCA Symposium
EY Centre, Ottawa

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

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