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The Ontario government announced brownfield reforms in 2007. The reforms will help encourage more cleanup of brownfields, the vacant and underused sites found across the province.

Many milestones have brought Ontario to this point.

Here’s a brief history.

2007

October

Ontario’s coordinated approach to brownfield redevelopment and Minister John Gerretsen receive national Brownie awards from the Canadian Urban Institute.

Release of A Practical Guide to Brownfield Redevelopment in Ontario

July

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing starts to administer the Brownfields Financial Tax Incentive Program.
 
June
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Canadian Brownfields Network deliver joint training workshops Building Capacity in Ontario’s Municipalities.

May

Significant brownfield legislative reforms, introduced as part of the 2007 Budget Bill, were passed by the Ontario legislature on May 17, 2007. The reforms address liability and regulatory barriers that have prevented communities from putting more brownfields back into productive use.

To know more, read Taking Action on Brownfields

April
Ontario government begins to consult with stakeholder groups on proposed changes to brownfield soil and groundwater standards, part of the reform package.

March
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and National Brownfields Association hold joint training workshops Making Brownfield Transactions Work for development industry.
 
January The Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 is proclaimed, giving municipalities more flexibility in designing their incentive programs.
 
The Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006 is proclaimed, giving municipalities more flexibility in the tax sale process.

2006

October Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announces funding for a minimum of 300 additional affordable housing units to be built on brownfield sites as part of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

Release of Brownfields Civil Liability Relief: A Survey of Statutory Developments in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia by Dr. Stepan Wood, commissioned by the Ontario government.  You may request a copy of the study by emailing brownfieldsontario@ontario.ca.
 
August Release of information guidance materials:

• Brownfield Redevelopment in Small Urban and Rural Municipalities
• Financial Tools for Brownfield Redevelopment

June
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Canadian Brownfields Network hold joint training workshops Building Capacity in Ontario’s Municipalities.

Release of technical guidance materials:
 
• Community Improvement Planning Handbook
• Guideline for Phase II Environmental Site Assessments in Ontario
• Risk Assessment Procedures Document

January Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing creates Brownfields Stakeholder Group

2005

December Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announces Office of Brownfields Coordinator.

Brownfields Ontario website (ontario.ca/brownfields) goes live with one-window access to provincial action on brownfields and related legislation.