Statement by Ontario's Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA)
Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, has issued the following statement on the Aggregate Resources Act in Ontario:
“Today, Ontario is posting a proposal for changes to the Aggregate Resources Act, its regulation and the associated Provincial Standards that will help to modernize and strengthen the province's framework for the management of aggregates.
The changes we are proposing are based on recommendations from the Standing Committee on General Government as well as information gathered last fall, during engagement sessions with municipal associations, key stakeholders, experts, other ministries, and First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to find the right balance for pits and quarries in our province. We listened carefully and incorporated that valuable feedback to propose improvements to the existing policy framework to better support our aggregate needs now, and in the years to come.
Through this posting on Ontario's Environmental Registry, we are looking to hear from stakeholders, industry, First Nation and Métis communities, and the public on the proposed changes that will help to improve the management of pits and quarries in the province.
The changes we are proposing focus on four areas of Ontario's aggregate framework:
- Stronger oversight in the management of aggregate operations
- Increases to fees and royalties that will result in a revised fee structure that is fair and competitive
- Increasing our environmental accountability, and
- Improved information and participation to improve local and First Nation and Métis community involvement in proposals.
This plan, if realized, can provide the long-term solutions needed to deal with the challenge of balancing our need for aggregates with social, economic and environmental interests.”
For further details on the proposed changes, and to share your feedback, please visit Ontario's Environmental Registry