August 2019

Municipal governments have significant responsibilities for the siting of all land uses, including aggregate extraction. The Provincial Policy Statement gives the location of pits and quarries a very high priority, making it difficult for municipal governments to oppose them. Municipal governments must then deal with the impacts of the site on water resources, neighbours, haul routes, road damage from heavy hauling, pit rehabilitation and safety for traffic and pedestrians.

On March 6, 2019 the provincial government posted a questionnaire for industry and all others on how to support the development of a competitive aggregates industry. Soon after, on March 29, 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) organized an Aggregates Summit, for the industry. The AMO Executive was successful in convincing the ministry that municipal governments should also be consulted during this process.

AMO agrees that parts of the approval process could be streamlined.  AMO also advocates for municipal governments to have the flexibility to negotiate with companies on local issues. This is in contrast to a centralized process that the aggregates industry has proposed.

AMO continues to emphasize the importance of the pre-consultation process to discuss industry, resident, municipal, indigenous and ministry interests together. This would help scope issues, roles and expectations. Meaningful and complete discussions at the beginning of the process would help build local confidence in the development and eliminate the need for peer review currently undertaken by municipal governments.