Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards under the Aggregate Resources Act

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 244/97
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Aggregate Resources Act
Summary of Decision:
Ontario Regulation 244/97 under the ARA and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards have been amended to support the growth of communities, reduce burdens to the aggregate industry while managing community impacts, and maintaining strong environmental protections.

Among other things, the regulation and standards outline requirements for new pit and quarry applications and specify operating and reporting requirements that apply to all sites authorized under the ARA.
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Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
February 12, 2020
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario's aggregate resources are primarily regulated under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). These non-renewable aggregate resources include stone, sand, and gravel.

Ontario requires a continued supply of aggregate resources. Approximately 160 million tonnes of aggregate are needed in Ontario each year. Yet, it is equally important to manage and minimize the impact extraction operations may have on the environment and on the communities that surround them. These operations are located across our diverse province, and the regulatory framework that manages them must be fair and predictable and flexible enough to be effective. Most of the aggregate produced in Ontario comes from private land in the southern region of the province where most demand exists.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has gathered perspectives from industry, municipalities, members of the public, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders for making changes to the way in which extraction of aggregate resources is regulated in Ontario.

Amendments to the Aggregate Resources Act were made on December 10, 2019, as part of Bill 132, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act.

To build on those changes, we are consulting on proposed regulatory changes and are looking for your feedback.
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Royal Assent Date:
September 1, 2020