Help Support Damage Prevention Legislation
Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes and cables are buried across Canada. This infrastructure provides the essential services that are the lifeblood for our communities and of our way of life, including clean water, heat, power, cell service and internet. Damaging a buried utility is dangerous for the workers involved and can deprive homes and businesses of essential services. Each year, damage to underground infrastructure costs Canadians more than $1 billion.
To ensure the safety of our workers, to help protect the integrity of our buried utility network and to preserve our essential services, Canada needs damage prevention legislation.
Bill S-229, the Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act, will soon be placed before parliament. In order for Bill S-229 to pass the House of Commons, Canada’s ground disturbance and damage prevention communities need to show their support.
Let your MP know that protecting Canada’s underground infrastructure is important to you by visiting ICanDigSafe.ca, where you can select a pre-written letter of support to be sent to your Member of Parliament directly from the website.
Your voice matters. Your support will move Bill S-229 forward.
Include ICanDigSafe.ca in your next presentation
Download our ICanDigSafe.ca handout and include it in your next presentation or safety meeting:
Call your MP and request a meeting
Sending a letter to your MP requesting they support Bill S229 is great but nothing can replace the effectiveness of a one-on-one meeting. Below, you'll find a form letter to help you request a meeting with your MP as well as a "report card" to report back to the CCGA on how your meeting went. Please send report cards to info@CanadianCGA.com
Bill S229 infographic
The ABCGA and the CCGA will be posting tweets promoting the microsite and letter of support. Our tweets will include the hashtag #SupportS229, as well as #ClickBeforeYouDig and #DigSafe (space permitting). Whenever you get the opportunity, please retweet posts including these hashtags.