Resources

GEMS strives to be a resource for our clients and partners in a variety of capacities.
Below is a compilation of resource links that we find useful and hope that you do too.
We are continuously updating this page as we find more interesting and useful links.

ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

Canadian Chapter of IECA (International Erosion Control Association): Canada's essential educational and networking resource for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and stream protection and restoration. IECA membership is essential for anyone in the water protection industry and maintains consistent industry standards. Learn more at www.canieca.org

Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO):  The Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario is the Licensing and Regulatory Body Responsible for Ontario's Geoscientists.  The web page for the APGO includes information on geoscience practice and the organization, copies of professional guidelines, news releases and reports, and an employment advisory service.  www.apgo.net

Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA):  The OSWCA has been representing sewer and watermain construction contractors across the province for more than 35 years, and currently serves over 700 member companies. Our role extends far beyond lobbying for increased funding. Our concerns include water system management, the environment, safety, contract terms, engineering, and many other issues relevant to the sewer and watermain construction industry. The OSWCA membership is structured by ten Local Associations, two Pipe Producers and one Independent Association.  www.oswca.org

Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA):  The Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA) has been representing sewer and watermain construction contractors in the Greater Toronto Area (Halton, Peel, York and Durham Regions and the City of Toronto) for more than 50 years, and currently serves over 200 member companies. Our goals extend far beyond lobbying for increased funding. Our concerns include labour relations, water systems management and legislation, the environment, health and safety, security, contract terms, engineering, and many other issues relevant to the sewer and watermain construction industry.  www.gtswca.org

National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA):  The National Capital Heavy Construction Association is the voice of the road builders, aggregate producers and the sewer and water main construction industries in Canada’s national capital region.  The heavy construction industry is an important economic driver in the Ottawa area in terms of employees, payroll, assessment, investment and taxes. The National Capital Heavy Construction Association is comprised of 200 companies employing over 9,000 employees.  www.nchca.ca

Sudbury Construction Association (SCA):  Throughout its 64 year history, the SCA has undergone many changes. From building renovations to staff & volunteers, the SCA has changed to accommodate a continually shifting industry. With the help of COCA, we continually improve liaisons with local, provincial and federal government which in turn help to determine comprehensible construction laws for Northern Ontario contractors.  www.sudburyca.com

Ottawa Construction Association (OCA):  The OCA maintains this website for the benefit of its members and as a service to anyone needing information about Ottawa’s non-residential construction industry. Features of this site include: information about the OCA and its services, construction project information, construction news, and a directory of our member firms and some of the many services they offer.  www.oca.ca

Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA):  The Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA) is the provincial voice of over 75 road building contractors who build and maintain the majority of the provincial highway system and Ontario's municipal roads and bridges. ORBA members employ over 25,000 workers in Ontario. The Association also represents over 85 Associate Members who manufacture, distribute and/or supply products, equipment and services to the road building industry.  www.orba.org

Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC):  Leading North America in certifying construction site inspectors of sediment and erosion control and storm water management.  www.cisecinc.org

Conservation Ontario:  Conservation Ontario is the network of 36 Conservation Authorities, local watershed management agencies that deliver services and programs that protect and manage water and other natural resources in partnership with government, landowners and other organizations. Conservation Authorities promote an integrated watershed approach balancing human, environmental and economic needs. Conservation Authorities are organized on a watershed basis.  www.conservation-ontario.on.ca


GOVERNMENT:

Environment Canada (EC):  At Environment Canada (EC), our business is protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.
www.ec.gc.ca

Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE):  Ontario's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has been protecting Ontario's environment for over 40 years. Using stringent regulations, targeted enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or global effects.   MOE is responsible for protecting clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians.  www.ene.gov.on.ca/environment

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR):  The Ministry of Natural Resources works collaboratively with a wide variety of partners, environmental organizations, private resource sector industry, fish and game associations, researchers, and other government agencies of all levels, to name just a few. Our combined efforts work toward meeting today's needs and at the same time ensuring that natural resources will be available for future generations.  www.mnr.gov.on.ca

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO):  Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.  www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO):  To be a world leader in moving people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably, and to support a globally competitive economy and a high quality of life.  www.mto.gov.on.ca


TECHNICAL RESOURCES:

The Weather Network:  At The Weather Network there is a common saying that Mother Nature doesn’t take a break and neither do we. We are committed to delivering weather information to our consumers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, across all platforms - TV, web, desktop and mobile. And our forecasts go beyond providing Canadians with information to plan their daily activities; The Weather Network;’s Commercial Services division offers complete weather solutions to market segments such as transportation, energy, municipalities and media.  www.theweathernetwork.com

Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA):  The Ontario Water Resources Act is designed to conserve, protect and manage Ontario's water resources for efficient and sustainable use. The act focuses on both groundwater and surface water throughout the province.  www.ene.gov.on.ca

Permit to Take Water (PTTW):  In Ontario, anyone who takes more than 50,000 litres of water a day from a lake, river, stream or groundwater source, must obtain a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) from the ministry (with a few exceptions). These permits help to ensure the conservation, protection, management and sustainable use of Ontario’s water.  Ontario’s Water Taking Regulation (O. Reg. 387/04) helps to ensure fair sharing of our water resources and prevent interferences among water users. Permits are not issued to assign rights to water or to establish priorities on water use.  www.ene.gov.on.ca

Fisheries Act:  The Fisheries Act is federal legislation dating back to Confederation. It was established to manage and protect Canada's fisheries resources. It applies to all fishing zones, territorial seas and inland waters of Canada and is binding to federal, provincial and territorial governments. As federal legislation, the Fisheries Act supersedes provincial legislation when the two conflict. Consequently, approval under provincial legislation may not necessarily mean approval under the Fisheries Act.
www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca


CHARGES AND VIOLATIONS:

Court Bulletin - Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE): Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has been protecting Ontario’s environment for over 40 years. Using stringent regulations, targeted enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or global effects. MOE is responsible for protecting clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of Ontarians. www.ene.gov.on.ca

Charges and Convictions - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO): Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways. www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Enforcement - Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR): For more than 100 years, Conservation Officers have been protecting Ontario's natural resources from waste, abuse and depletion. Enforcement efforts cover all MNR program areas including; Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Lands/Waters, Species at Risk, Petroleum, Parks, Agriculture, Fire and Aggregates. www.mnr.gov.on.ca


MEDIA:

Environmental Science and Engineering  (ES&E) Magazine:  ES&E is a Canadian magazine covering all aspects of the environmental business.  The web site includes highlights of the current issue, a searchable archive of past issues and a directory and equipment guide.  www.esemag.com

Daily Commercial News (DCN):  Daily Commercial News (DCN) is Ontario's only daily construction industry newspaper.  www.dailycommercialnews.com

The Undergrounder:  The Undergrounder is published several times throughout the year and provides information and articles related to OSWCA business and issues. There are several issues of The Undergrounder online, and they can be accessed using the archive list to the right.  www.oswca.org