Regulation - LGIC

Designation of new areas in southern, central and northern Ontario under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA), and the establishment of fee increases under the ARA

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 499/06
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Aggregate Resources Act
Summary of Decision:

Aggregate operations on all remaining private land in southern Ontario, and parts of central and northern Ontario including Muskoka, Parry Sound, Haliburton, Bancroft and Pembroke areas, as well as Thunder Bay and land along the north shore of Lake Huron in northern Ontario, will be designated under the ARA. Specifically, the parts of Ontario set out in Schedule 4 are designated under subsection 5 (2) of the ARA.

The regulation comes into force on January 1, 2007.


Annual fees for the aggregate industry have not been increased since 1990 and the minimum royalty rate for Crown-owned aggregate has not increased in more than 30 years. Updating the fee structures means the province is getting fair return for the use of its natural resources, and municipalities will receive additional revenue from aggregate operations on private land in designated areas.

Fee changes will take effect on January 1, 2007.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
November 1, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
The Ontario government is strengthening the protection of the environment by designating additional private lands in southern, central and northern Ontario under the ARA and by increasing fees to pay for enforcement and compliance. Municipalities will also receive additional revenue generated from aggregate operations.

The ARA and the regulations apply to the excavation of all aggregate and topsoil on Crown land and all Crown-owned aggregate; all aggregate from land under natural water bodies; and all aggregate on private land in designated areas of the province.

Most private land in southern Ontario is already designated but is limited in northern Ontario to the Sudbury, Wawa and Sault Ste Marie areas. Designating new areas will mean that most of the significant aggregate production areas in Ontario will be subject to the ARA.
Contact Address:
Brian Messerschmidt, Manager, Aggregate and Petroleum Resources Section
MNR Lands and Waters Branch
5th Floor, South Tower, 300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8M5
PHONE: (705) 755-1949 FAX: (705) 755-1206
Effective Date:
January 1, 2007