Damage Prevention

One Call, One Locate

The Locate Alliance Consortium (LAC) belief is that “One Call, One Locate” will reduce damages in Ontario. We see the consortium as a safety organization, focused on best practises, locate performance tracking and damage prevention utility initiatives. Our united efforts have demonstrated industry benefits.

A One Call System will protect lives, prevent damage and save money

Established in 1996, Ontario One Call is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a communications link between buried infrastructure owners (our members) and individuals who are planning to dig in the province of Ontario. In 2012, the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act was passed, which stipulates that by law, anyone in the province of Ontario must contact Ontario One Call before they dig. The benefits are easy to see. With a province-wide, mandatory one call system in place, contractors, homeowners and others preparing to excavate will need to make only a single call to request locates from all utility owners in the vicinity of the dig area.

Ontario One Call’s mission is to protect Ontario communities from the loss of service and harm caused by damages to underground infrastructure by educating the public on the need to Call Before You Dig and promote safe excavation practices through the operation of a state of the art One Call Centre for all facility owners in Ontario.


Common Ground Alliances – Organizations working together to decrease damages

Throughout North America industry is working hard to decrease infrastructure damages, protect workers and the public. “Through shared responsibility among all stakeholders, these organizations work to reduce damages to underground infrastructure – ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices.”


The Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) is the voice of Canada’s Regional Partner CGAs dedicated to working toward damage prevention solutions that will benefit all Canadians www.canadiancga.com


The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) mission is to enhance public safety and utility infrastructure reliability through a unified approach to effective and efficient damage prevention.


United States

The purpose of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is to prevent damage to underground infrastructure by fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the protection of underground facilities; supporting research; developing and conducting public awareness and education programs; identifying and disseminating the stakeholder best practices; and serving as a clearinghouse for damage data collection, analysis, and dissemination.