Review of Aggregate Resources Act Gets Green Light

March 22, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a motion to review the Aggregate Resources Act, said Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.

The motion passed by the Legislature read:

“That the Standing Committee on General Government review the Aggregate Resources Act and report to the House its observations and recommendations with respect to strengthening the Act. In developing such recommendations, the committee’s focus shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas: the Act’s consultation process; how siting, operations, and rehabilitation are addressed in the Act; best practices and new developments in the industry; fees/royalties; and aggregate resource development and protection, including conservation/recycling.”

This development comes days before the April 3rd legislative deadline requiring the Minister of Natural Resources to respond to Harris’s formal request on December 6, 2011 which asked for specific details on the promised review of the Aggregate Resource Act. In the request, Harris asked for:

a detailed timeline for completing a review,
an indication of the specific areas of the Act to be examined, and
details on the expected impact of the review on existing quarry applications currently in front of local Councils and/or the Ontario Municipal Board.

“Although specific questions on the review’s timeline and expected impact on existing quarry applications are still pending, the unanimous approval in the Legislature today is an important first step,” said Harris. “As we move forward with this review, I will continue to meet with residents, local members of Council and industry representatives to ensure their concerns are taken into account throughout the process.”