Authority begins development of Excess Soil Registry

On March 15, 2021, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed the Authority to develop, implement and maintain a registry for regulated persons to file their required notices as per the On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation, O. Reg. 406/19 (Excess Soil Regulation) under the Environmental Protection Act.

Those responsible for filing notices on the registry include:

  • Project leaders/authorized persons for projects prescribed by the regulation
  • Operators/owners of reuse sites prescribed by the regulation
  • Operators/owners of residential development soil depots

Regulated individuals will be required to file their required notices to the online publicly accessible registry as of the January 1, 2022 effective date in the Excess Soil Regulation. The Authority is required to develop and implement the registry at least one month prior to this date to allow future users sufficient time to create a registry account, understand how to use the system and begin filing notices to avoid any disruption to businesses or their projects.

Once the registry is operational, the Authority’s responsibilities will include:

  • Providing an electronic registry that enables regulated persons to comply with their notice filing requirements
  • Giving ministry staff access to notice filings and associated data
  • Enabling the public to access information contained in notice filings
  • Setting and collecting fees in a transparent and consultative manner to recover the Authority’s costs for the registry development, deployment and on-going program costs
  • Supporting stakeholders with training and resources to enable effective and efficient use of the registry

Read the Minister’s direction letter

Registry Project

The Authority has started work on the registry project to meet the deadlines and expectations laid out by the Minister. The project will be completed in two phases. Phase one of the project will develop the essential regulatory components to allow the regulated community to register and begin filing and updating their notices ahead of January 1, 2022. Phase two of the project will begin later in 2022 and develop additional functionalities to be defined in consultation with the ministry and industry stakeholders.

The Authority awarded PwC Canada, the phase one development contract to build the technical components of the registry, in accordance with its Procurement Policy. The Authority and PwC Canada will work in close coordination with ministry staff and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the registry meets the requirements of the Excess Soil Regulation, the Minister’s direction and the business requirements of registry users.

Stay Informed

Visit our Excess Soil webpage for more information about the registry project, including project timelines, progress and updates. If you would like to be notified when we post a project update, or have a question related to the project, please email us at