Ontario’s construction and soil management industries can now access the Excess Soil Registry, one month before legal requirements in the On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation to file notices in the Registry take effect on January 1, 2022.
RPRA built the registry to be efficient and user-friendly, in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and industry stakeholders, and in collaboration with technology partners. RPRA also made it easy for the public to find information about the movement of excess soil throughout the province on our searchable database of notices. The ministry is responsible for policy and programs related to excess soil and will conduct compliance and enforcement activities under the Excess Soil Regulation.
As part of the notice filing process, Registry users may be required to pay a fee upon completion of a notice filing to cover RPRA’s costs for building, maintaining, and operating the Registry and supporting Registry users. The Excess Soil Registry Fee Schedule can be viewed here.
The Authority consulted on the Excess Soil Registry Fee schedule from September 27, 2021, to November 12, 2021, including holding two webinars in October. In response to stakeholder feedback, the initially proposed fees were confirmed and RPRA will issue refunds as required to Registry users if the final soil volumes submitted for Project Area or Reuse Site notices are less than initially estimated. The consultation report outlining the consultation process and stakeholder feedback and how RPRA incorporated the feedback into the final fee schedule can be viewed here.
Registry users, including the public, can learn more about the Registry and get support by:
- Bookmarking the Excess Soil page on RPRA’s website. This is where Registry users can access the Registry to file and search for a notice.
- Exploring Registry training materials available on the Excess Soil page on RPRA’s website. The materials include walk through guides and video recordings to help users navigate the portal and complete notice filings and search the database.
- Reading the FAQs page on RPRA’s website. Registry users can find answers to frequently asked questions about the Registry, including who needs to file notices and when, what and how fees will be charged, and the role definitions of Registry users.
- Reaching out to RPRA’s Registry Support Team. The team is available from 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday to offer guidance and answer any questions about accessing and using the Registry. The team can be reached at: email@example.com or toll free at 1-833-600-0530.
Previous updates on the Excess Soil Registry project are available here.