Supporting the beneficial reuse of excess soil in Ontario.


Soil is a critical resource. It supports plant growth, stores and filters water and stores carbon. It is a crucial part of our ecosystem. And yet over 25 million cubic metres of excess soil is generated and transported across Ontario each year.

The movement and relocation of this soil must be properly managed to mitigate negative impacts to communities and the environment and to help preserve this critical resource.

We are convening the 2018 Ontario Excess Soil Symposium in December 2018 to discuss recent updates in policy and regulation and to share lessons and successful case studies about the successful management of excess soil. Topics will include: benefits and challenges of excess soil reuse for municipalities, communities and the development industry; updates on the excess soil policy and regulation; lessons learned from case studies and pilot projects; and more.

2017 Excess Soil Symposium

Over 20 speakers and 270 attendees participated in the full-day session in December 2017 in Caledon, ON.

Presenter Slides

Introduction: Canadian Urban Institute & Excess Soil Management (Amanda Smith - CUI) DOWNLOAD

Morning Address: Hon. Chris Ballard, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) WATCH

Delivering on Ontario’s Excess Soil Management Policy Framework, 2016 (Sanjay Coelho - MOECC) DOWNLOAD

Update from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on Excess Soil (Helen Collins - MMA) DOWNLOAD

Quantification of Excess Construction Soils in Ontario (Frank Zechner - RCCAO) DOWNLOAD

Whitchurch-Stouffville Advances in Policy and Regulation (Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, SCS, Golder, Burnside) DOWNLOAD

Excess Soil Management Implementation Successes (Brad Carew - City of Ottawa) DOWNLOAD

Excess Soil Management and the Environmental Bill of Rights (Dr. Dianne Saxe - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario) DOWNLOAD


For more information about the Ontario Excess Soil Symposium, contact Geneva Starr:
gstarr (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-0816 x 257