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The Ontario government released its Excess Soil Management Policy Framework on Dec. 16 to guide provincial efforts to establish “clear enforceable rules” that identify the “roles and responsibilities” of companies and municipalities generating and receiving excess soil.

The aim of clarifying responsibilities is to maintain better sampling and tracking of excess soil shipments throughout the province while strengthening government oversight of the construction and waste management sectors.

Part of this approach includes the development of a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act that would require the owners of sites with large amounts of excess soil to create and implement an “excess soil management plan” certified by an engineer (Qualified Person).

Another focus of the framework is to encourage the reuse of excess soils. To achieve this goal, the MMA has partnered with the Canadian Urban Institute to launch an online by-law language tool that provides guidance to local governments on drafting by-laws that can regulate the use of excess soils at temporary facilities and receiving sites.

In the New Year, the OWMA expects the government will then move forward with two regulatory proposals on excess soils, which will include:

  • Amendments to Reg. 347 to clarify definitions and approvals requirements, and,
  • Amendments to Reg. 153 to ensure consistency in soil sampling and fill quality requirements.

During the development of these proposals, and the others listed in the framework document, MOECC will consult with a working group of stakeholders who be tasked with providing technical feedback and input on the government’s policy direction.

The OWMA is actively working with the government on this file, and we will continue to keep members informed of any further developments.