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. Construction and development in Ontario generates 25 million cubic metres of excess soil which must be transported across the Province 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 resource.

To help support the beneficial reuse of excess soil the Canadian Urban Institute is convening the 2018 Ontario Excess Soil Symposium in partnership with experts from industry, government, NGOs and academia.

The event will be held on November 28 in Ajax Ontario and feature lessons learned and successful case studies about the management of excess soil. Discussion topics will include: 

  • Why does soil management matter?

  • Successful pilot projects and case studies

  • Emerging technology options

  • Prevention of illegal dumping and enforcement

  • Advances in municipal by-laws and procurement

  • And more

Speakers include:

  • Hon Rod Phillips, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

  • Dr. Francine Kelly-Hooper, Environmental Contaminant Scientist, Stantec

  • Didi Pershouse, Author of Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function

  • Dean Young, Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

  • Marc Hebert, Quebec Agronomist and Trainer

  • Janet Bobechko, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

  • Rob Baldwin, General Manager, Planning and Development, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

  • Tom Halinski, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

  • Meggen Janes, Director of Soil and Groundwater Management, Waterfront Toronto

View more speakers in the Event Program.


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