The OFNTSC deals with legislative changes from Federal and Provincial Governments as they occur. As part of the OFNTSC’s service goals, we strive to ensure that our clients are kept informed of changes that may have impacts on First Nations. By ensuring that our First Nations, Tribal Councils and Provincial Territorial Organizations are informed of changes, the OFNTSC accomplishes its goal of information sharing. Below are some proposed legislative changes to the Ontario Government’s Brownfields Program.

The following information provides an overview of Ontario’s Brownfield Program. Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing leads government action on Brownfields. Brownfields sites are municipal properties that are potentially contaminated due to historical industrial or commercial land use practices and are underutilized, derelict or vacant, but have the potential for redevelopment. The proposed amendments to the Brownfields regulation and Ontario Regulation 153/04 are meant to facilitate the return of Brownfields into productive land uses. Amendments include enhanced Record of Site Condition (RSC), liability protection and off-site migration from the RSC property, streamlined risk assessment, improved soil and groundwater site condition standards with current science, and technical regulatory amendments. Additional information on Ontario Brownfields can be viewed at the following websites: www.ontario.ca/brownfields or www.ene.gov.on.ca and www.ebr.gov.on.ca.

The public comment period for proposed regulatory changes to Ontario’s Brownfields Program closed on February 10th, 2009 and many comments were received but are not currently available for viewing. The Ontario Ministry of Environment is also working on a summary of how the Brownfields program will fit into the broader contaminated sites program. This information will be posted on our website when available.