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.

To address these issues and discuss recent updates in policy and regulation, we are convening the next Ontario Excess Soil Symposium in partnership with experts from government, industry, NGOs and academia.

The event will be held in November/December and feature lessons learned and successful case studies about the management of excess soil. Discussion topics will include:

  • benefits and challenges of excess soil reuse for municipalities;

  • updates on the excess soil policy and regulation;

  • communities and the development industry; and,

  • lessons learned from case studies and pilot projects; and more.

Speakers will be announced in the upcomng weeks. 


Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!


Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for details view the sponsorship package or contact Geneva Starr:
gstarr (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-0816 x 257

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