Each year, Ontario generates about 25 million cubic metres of excess soil. This is soil dug up during construction and excavation activities that must be removed from the development site. Much of this soil is a valuable resource that can be sustainably reused to benefit the environment. However, proper management of excess soil is necessary to protect the quality of ground or surface water and land, ensure the safety of local communities and prohibit illegal dumping.
Rules related to the reuse of excess soil in Ontario are detailed in the On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation, O. Reg. 406/19 (Excess Soil Regulation) under the Environmental Protection Act, including risk-based soil quality reuse standards, requirements for planning and tracking the reuse or disposal of excess soil from projects prescribed in the regulation and requirements for prescribed larger excess soil reuse site operators to have procedures in place to better understand the soil they receive.
As part of the regulation, project leaders, owners and site operators have requirements to file notices for certain project areas, reuse sites, and residential development soil depot sites where excess soil is generated, transported, temporarily placed and deposited. The Authority is responsible for establishing and maintaining the registry where the required notices will be filed, as directed by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will continue to conduct compliance and enforcement activities under the Excess Soil Regulation.
Once the registry is implemented, the Authority will:
- Operate the registry to enable regulated persons to comply with registration and notice filing requirements outlined in the regulation
- Enable ministry access to notice filings and associated data
- Enable public access to information contained in notice filings
- Set and collect fees in a transparent and consultative manner to recover the Authority’s costs for the registry development, deployment and on-going support to regulated persons or the ministry, plus ministry program costs
- Support stakeholders with training and resources to enable effective and efficient use of the registry
The regulated community will begin filing their notices on the registry ahead of the January 1, 2022 effective date in the Excess Soil Regulation.
The registry project will be completed in two phases. Phase one of the project will develop the essential components to allow regulated persons to register and begin filing and updating their notices ahead of the effective date of January 1, 2022. Registry users will receive training and support to create their registry account and learn how to use the new system at least one month prior to avoid any disruption to businesses or their projects.
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. Information related to the timing and components of phase two of the registry project will be posted to this page as it becomes available.
The Authority awarded PwC Canada the 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.
The following is an outline of the general timing and activities during phase one of the registry project.
- April – June: Business requirements gathering
- June – September: Registry design and construction
- September – October: System testing and deployment
- November – December: User training and registration
- December: Registry opens for notice filing
We will be posting information about the registry project, including project progress and updates, upcoming events and learning opportunities, and key dates and deadlines to our website. If you would like to be notified when we post an update, or have a question related to the project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.