BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOUR IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE

The aggregate industry is essential to building strong communities across Ontario.

In addition to hospitals, schools, roads, houses and shopping malls, aggregate creates good jobs and careers in communities across Ontario.

7,000 people in Ontario work directly in the aggregate industry - often creating important employment in smaller or rural locations.

The aggregate industry is also an essential input to the construction industry - creating another 300,000 jobs in Ontario. 

Likely, someone you know or are related to makes their living as a result of the aggregate industry. 

The aggregate industry contributes to local municipalities through licence fees and the aggregate levy, and is currently working with all levels of government on legislation and regulation reforms that will better reflect the needs of municipalities. 


COMMUNITY RELATIONS AWARD WINNERS

Member firms of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) have been recognized for their community relations efforts since 2001. Being a good neighbour is just as much a part of an aggregate operation as processing and rehabilitation. The Community Relations Award is presented to companies that demonstrate and earn respect with the citizens in close proximity to their operations. The Community Relations Award is based on four criteria:

  • Being a Good Neighbour
  • Community Involvement
  • Media Relations
  • Community Education

Read more about some of our 2016 Community Relations Award winners below.


ACTON QUARRY– DUFFERIN AGGREGATES

Town of Halton Hills

Building strong community ties and lasting neighbour relations are chief priorities at Dufferin Aggregates’ Acton Quarry. Onsite, these commitments are demonstrated through the adoption of noise and dust mitigation processes and equipment, traffic safety initiatives, the quarry’s Blasting Beyond Compliance program, and numerous environmental efforts.

Within its community, Acton Quarry supports local organizations like the Darling Home for Kids and the MS Society, and it regularly donates funds and Material to local sports clubs, schools, community events, and fundraisers. In 2016, it hosted its yearly tree-planting initiative with Scouts Canada, where Acton Quarry volunteers paired with 350 scouts to plant 3,000 native tree and shrub species as part of the site’s rehabilitation and eco-friendly initiatives.

Round out its community relations, Acton Quarry hosts an annual Open House for over 200 neighbours, government officials, community stakeholders, quarry staff and their families, as well as the Earth Rangers organization. It also works with local media outlets to share news of its operations and company initiatives.

Acton Quarry, operated by Dufferin Aggregates – A division of CRH Canada Group Inc, in the Town of Halton Hills, earned the 2016 Community Relations Award from OSSGA.

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Community Relations Award recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.

“CRH Canada and Dufferin Aggregates are extremely proud that our Acton Quarry has been recognized by the OSSGA for our ongoing commitment to the community,” said Dan O’Hara, General Manager. “We are proud to continue working alongside local communities on initiatives related to education and training, sustainable community development and improvements in local infrastructure.”


MILTON QUARRY - DUFFERIN AGGREGATES

Town of Milton

Employees at Dufferin Aggregates’ Milton Quarry are continuously demonstrating their commitment to the quarry’s neighbours and surrounding community. In addition to going to great lengths to protect its 20 neighbours against noise, dust and traffic from its operations, part of the quarry’s rehabilitated space serves as a public access viewing area within the Bruce Trail network.

As well, Milton Quarry staff regularly lead initiatives within the community. They include helping to organize and run an annual Earth Week Tree-planting event in association with Scouts Canada, hosting student tours as part of the Dufferin Aggregates Education Program, and lending support to Dufferin Aggregates’ yearly Ready Mix Drum Sponsorship Program in support of Halton Healthcare Services. On top of this, the Milton Quarry sent money, materials and volunteers to a wide range of charities, community organizations, local clubs and fundraisers.

Milton Quarry’s Community Advisory Panel (CAP) ensures there is ongoing dialogue between quarry staff and Milton residents, and its Environment Management System (EMS) tracks, documents and addresses concerns that arise.

Milton Quarry, operated by Dufferin Aggregates – A division of CRH Canada Group In., in the Town of Halton Hills, earned the 2016 Community Relations Award and Environmental Achievement Award from OSSGA.

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Community Relations Award recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.

“Receiving two awards from the OSSGA for our environmental and community initiatives at the Dufferin Aggregates Milton Quarry is a testament to our ongoing commitment to our local communities and our continuous efforts to be responsible stewards of the natural environment,” said Dan O’Hara, General Manager. “We are very grateful for the recognition and aim to continue making meaningful contributions where we operate.”


CALEDON PIT - LAFARGE CANADA INC.

Town of Caledon

Caledon Pit takes community relations to heart both on- and off-site. On the site, noise, dust and safety mitigation equipment and practices help minimize the effects of its operations on neighbours. Off-site, staff are familiar faces at community events. Highlights include the Caledon Council Community Golf Tournament, which Lafarge sponsored at a platinum level, and the Peel Children’s Aid Foundations’ Holiday Wishes Program. As part of the Children’s Aid program, Caledon Pit staff sponsored a family for the holidays and delivered Christmas gifts.

One of Caledon Pit’s more popular events is its annual Pit Run. Held since 2012 and co-hosted with Aecon Construction, last year’s run took place in September, with over 100 runners participating in a 5-km run through the property. Neighbours, employees, family members and friends joined Caledon Pit employees for a 1-km Kids’ Fun Run, sponsor expo, equipment displays and tours, all of which helped raise $30,000 in support of the Caledon Central Public School and their Food Exchange program.

The Caledon Pit, operated by Lafarge Canada Inc. in the Town of Caledon, earned the 2016 Community Relations Award from OSSGA.

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Community Relations Award recognizes good neighbourly activities, community involvement, media relations, education and awareness.

“We truly appreciate being recognized by OSSGA for our community efforts,” said Xavier Guesnu, Vice President Aggregates Eastern Canada and ACM Southern Ontario. “It is part of our operating philosophy to give back to the communities in which we operate. We enjoy being part of the communities and continue to look for opportunities where we can help make a difference.”


VINELAND QUARRIES & CRUSHED STONE - WALKER INDUSTRIES

Town of Lincoln

Good Neighbourly relations rank high among Vineland Quarries & Crushed Stone’s priorities. The site has taken numerous steps to reduce the impact of its operations, such as switching to custom-made tarps over its stockpiles, adding a second water truck, employing an advanced dust control system to mitigate dust, installing custom fabricated soundproof enclosure systems at its primary and secondary plant to reduce noise and dust, and enhancing traffic and site safety initiatives.

Quarry employees are also active within their community. The quarry partners with the 1st Vineland Scouts every Earth Day to clean up roadways, and it regularly makes a donation to their club. It also teams up with Walker Industries to hold the “Together We Can” $10,000 charity lottery, where 15 employees are given the opportunity to donate $500 or $1,000 to a community charity of their choice. Vineland Quarries is happy to invite the community to receptions and tours, and regularly shares news on its operations and employees in its Stonevine newsletter.

Vineland Quarries & Crush Stone, operated by Walker Industries – Walker Aggregates Inc., in the Town of Lincoln, earned the 2016 Community Relations Award from OSSGA.

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, the Community Relations Award recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in promoting good neighbour relations, community involvement, education, and industry awareness.

“The employees at Vineland Quarries are pleased to be part of – and to support – the Vineland community, and they work hard to be considerate of our neighbours. This includes devising ways to reduce noise and dust, working with the local scouts group to clean up nearby roadways and supporting community charities,” said Walker Aggregates Executive Vice-President Ken Lucyshyn. “I’m so proud of the work they do and to receive this prestigious industry award on their behalf.”


OSSGA INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARDS PROGRAM

The OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program recognizes a wide range of activities that contribute to a progressive image of our member aggregate producers and the aggregate industry as a whole. A key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation.

“We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their community,” said Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “All of the award winners this year have met and exceeded those expectations.”

Submissions for OSSGA’s Industry Recognition Awards are due in November or at any time of year for the Bronze Plaque. Members are invited to download a copy of OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program Guide for full details of submission requirements.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than the 2016 OSSGA Industry Recognition and Student Design Award winners!