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Aggregate Resources Policy Framework

Aggregate is governed in Ontario by the Aggregate Resources Act.  The Act was amended in May 2017.  As a result, the regulations, standards and policies that, together with the Act, form the framework of aggregate policy in Ontario will now be reviewed and updated.  The MNRF has indicated that it will look at updating regulations first, and will then concentrate on standards and policies. 

OSSGA is working closely with MNRF to ensure that the views of the aggregate industry are understood as new policies are developed.

This page provides links to proposed changes posted by MNRF to the EBR, as well as OSSGA's responses.  The page is chronological, with the most recent items at the top.

If you have any questions about the ARA and its impact on producers, please contact Mike Scott at mscott@ossga.com.  

Recycled Aggregate: How it affects tonnage and fees

As part of the review of the Aggregate Resource Act (ARA), there have been changes to the way the ARA counts the tonnage related to recycled aggregates on your site. OSSGA has been in contact with MNRF and we are providing some clarity to questions that have arisen from industry members in regards to tonnage considerations and the levy on recycled aggregate.

Click here for more information.

New Aggregate Levy Fees Introduced by MNRF

Ontario Regulation 244/97 under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) has been amended to make changes to aggregate fees and royalties.

Some of the changes (e.g., increases to private land and Crown land fees) will begin starting with the 2018 production year. Other changes (for example, indexing) will begin starting with the 2019 production year.

Attached, for your information, is a notice that was mailed to aggregate operators summarizing the regulatory changes.

MNRF has informed us that these changes are the first phase in a broader review of aggregate fees. In the second phase, the ministry will consider some of the more complex issues, including how fees are distributed between upper and lower tier municipalities.

OSSGA / TAPMO Joint Levy Committee Submission on Proposed Fee Increase Regulation

The OSSGA / TAPMO Joint Levy Committee has submitted a response to the proposed changes to the Aggregate Levy, Regulation 244/07.  The comments focus on the proposed timing of the implementation of the levy, the amount of the levy itself; and, our collective concerns that the proposed regulations do not address the seven recommendations that the Committee believes are essential to ensuring the government’s ability to carry out its public responsibilities to appropriately monitor and enforce the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). 

OSSGA and TAPMO have proposed a three-phase system starting on Jan 1, 2018 and continuing yearly until 2020.

OSSGA's submission to the amendments to the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2016

Bill 39 is "enabling" legislation that will provide new powers to the Minister, with the details of those powers to be addressed through regulation, standards and policies to be developed at a later date.  Given this phased approach, this submission proposes changes to the legislation to include language and enough detail to help forestall any unintended consequences in the future.

OSSGA Proposed Amendments to Bill 39

This table provides a side by side comparison of the Bill, OSSGA's suggested drafting changes to the original language in the bill, and a rationale for the change.

New Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act

Ontario has introduced legislation to modernize the management of resource extraction in the province.  Click here for a PDF of the legislation.

Government of Ontario Press release on introduction of ARMMA

Press release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

MNRF A Blueprint for Change

MNRF's A Blueprint for Change, A proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act policy framework

OSSGA Response to A Blueprint for Change

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) released A Blueprint for Change, its proposal to modernize and strengthen the Aggregate Resources Act.

The ARA Review has been ongoing for nearly five years. The Provincial Government announced a review of the Aggregate Resources Act during the 2011 Provincial election.

The Standing Committee on General Government held hearings on the ARA review in 2012 and released its report including 38 recommendations in October 2013. The Government issued its response in February 2014 generally supporting the spirit of the Standing Committee recommendations.

There was further focus group consultation in the fall of 2014.

The attached document is OSSGA's official response to A Blueprint for Change.

 

Coordinated Provincial Policy Review

OSSGA is currently completing a line-by-line review of the proposed revisions to the four Provincial Plans.  To-date a number of revisions have been identified that will significantly impact the licensing of new aggregate reserves within the GGH.   These include:

  • The expansion of the provincial natural heritage system beyond the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan;

  • Prohibiting new mineral aggregate within significant woodlands without consideration of the ‘no negative impact test’.  This revision is also being proposed within the Niagara Escarpment Plan;

  • Prohibiting new mineral aggregate operations within endangered and threatened species habitat without consideration of the provisions of the Endangered Species Act, which may permit development within habitat if the application results in an overall  benefit to the species.  This revision is also being proposed within the Greenbelt Plan and Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan;

  • Requiring immediate compensation for any  habitat that would be lost from a site with equivalent habitat on another part of the site or on adjacent lands even if the habitat doesn’t qualify as a key natural heritage or key hydrologic feature.

  • Discouraging extraction within Prime Agricultural Areas and requiring rehabilitation back to agriculture (which by definition will prohibit  below water extraction  within these areas of the GGH);

  • Mapping and policy changes to the Niagara Escarpment Plan that will significantly restrict where new aggregate operations may be considered; and,

  • Having the changes take effect immediately – which will effectively make any changes for sites with licence applications that have not yet been approved retroactive.

OSSGA will be meeting with Ministry officials (MMAH and MNRF), staff and other stakeholders to raise our concerns and underscore the importance of these issues to the availability of close-to-market aggregate in the years to come.  MMAH is hosting public meetings to help those interested learn more about the proposed changes.  A list of public meetings is available here.  Members are encouraged to attend the meetings.  Background materials are available on OSSGA’s website.   We will keep members informed of new developments through Rock Talk throughout the summer months.  

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OSSGA Policy Papers and Submissions