Aggregate Application Timelines Reopen September 12!

August 20, 2020 at 11:02 AM

OSSGA has been working closely with the Integrated Aggregate Operations Section (IAOS) of MNRF for many weeks to try to reopen the timelines for the aggregate application timelines.  We’re pleased to announce that the date has been set to September 12, 2020.

As you know, in March of this year the province took emergency measures to help control the spread of COVID-19 and focus on the health and well-being of the public.

Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 ARA regulated timelines related to notification and consultation for new pits and quarries were paused retroactive to March 16, 2020.

The time periods relating to the notification and consultation stages, as well as the overall time periods associated with an aggregate licence or permit applications will resume on September 12, 2020.

This program bulletin from MNRF outlines how impacted components of the ARA application process will resume on September 12, 2020.

It provides guidance on how producers can:

  • Resume the licence and permit time-periods listed in the Aggregate Resources of Ontario: Provincial Standards, Version 1.0;
  • Conduct public information sessions for new licence and permit applications;
  • Ensure the public has access to the application documents;
  • Undertake consultation on major site plan amendments.

MNRF has requested that inquiries related to approvals under the ARA can be directed to ARAapprovals@ontario.ca and that any inquiries related to the continued operation of an existing licence and/or permit (e.g., operating conditions, compliance related matters) be directed to the responsible MNRF District Office.   Questions regarding the bulleting itself can be directed to Jason Belleghem, Senior Program Advisor – Aggregates in the Integrated Aggregate Operations Section by email at jason.belleghem@ontario.ca.

Finally, members of the OSSGA Land Use Committee maintain an ongoing dialogue with IAOS staff in MNRF. If you continue to encounter issues getting timely decisions, approvals or feedback, please let OSSGA's Executive Director, Norm Cheesman know at ncheesman@ossga.com.