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Excess Soil Management Regulatory Proposal

April 25, 2018


 The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is pleased to inform you that we are seeking your input on proposed regulations for excess soil management to promote the beneficial reuse of excess soil, while protecting human health and the environment.

 This proposal supports implementation of Ontario’s Excess Soil Management Policy Framework (framework), which was finalized in December, 2016, and builds on the Excess Soil Regulatory Proposal which was released for input in April 2017.  Changes have been made to the proposal based on input to the earlier proposal.

 This proposal includes the following elements for your review and input:

 A new proposed On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation

  • Complementary amendments to O. Reg. 347 (Waste)
  • Amendments to O. Reg. 153/04 (Record of Site Condition)
  • A proposed document to be adopted by reference in the On-Site and Excess Soil

Management Regulation titled “Rules for On-Site and Excess Soil Management”

  • A proposed “Beneficial Reuse Assessment Tool”
  • An additional supporting document tiled “Rationale Document for Development of Excess Soil Standards”

Consistent with the framework, this proposal has the following goals:

  1. Protect human health and the environment from inappropriate relocation of excess soil; and
  2. Enhance opportunities for the beneficial reuse of excess soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the movement of excess soil.

Please visit the Environmental Registry  by clicking on the link or searching EBR #013-2774

 Engagement sessions are being planned and we look forward to continuing dialogue with interested partners on this regulatory proposal moving forward.

 If you have any questions, would like to discuss this proposal or would like a hard copy of the proposal, please contact Laura Blease, Senior Policy Advisor, Environmental Policy Branch at (416) 325-8275 or




Robyn Kurtes

Director, Environmental Policy Branch

(416) 327-4437