November 6, 2013
The Ontario Legislature presented the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) last Wednesday.
The report follows the legislature’s Standing Committee on General Government’s long review process, which began in March 2012.
“The report recognizes the critical role that Ontario’s aggregate resources play in building the transportation and community infrastructure that sustains our way of life in Ontario – especially as the GTHA continues to grow,” said Moreen Miller, CEO of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA). “It also balances a number of complex land-use planning and related issues with the reality that geography has pre-determined the location of this limited, non-renewable aggregate resource.”
OSSGA notes that the report delves into licensing procedures, public engagement, promoting recycled aggregates and a host of transportation issues, though Miller said OSSGA does not yet know its position on each of the 38 recommendations in the report.
The last major revisions to the ARA were made in 1997.