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Mineral Aggregates

Halton Region is home to a number of mineral aggregate operations - pits and quarries. Learn about policies, licensing and applications under review.

Mineral aggregates refer to pits and quarries that provide sand, gravel and bedrock used in roads and building construction. In 2016, there were 22 licensed aggregate sites in Halton Region. Most of the pits and quarries are located along the Niagara Escarpment.

Policies and licensing

Aggregate sites are licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act. The Halton Regional Official Plan contains policies that deal with public safety, environmental impacts, and the protection of natural heritage, agriculture, as well as ground and surface water.

Approval for new and expanded licenses

While the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approves licenses for new or expanded aggregate operations, approvals from different agencies are required including:

Halton Region and the agencies review applications through a Joint Agency Review Team (JART) process. This team undertakes the technical review of studies submitted in support of aggregate applications such as:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Planning
  • Archaeology
  • Air
  • Noise
  • Blasting
  • Natural heritage
  • Traffic

Together, the agencies share information and expertise, collaborate, and engage the public at early stages of an application.

Applications under review

Halton Region reviews applications for aggregate operations internal and external to Halton Region.

James Dick Construction Ltd. is proposing a new 39.4 hectare quarry within the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, on the north side of Highway 7, immediately adjacent to lands within the Town of Milton, and approximately 7.5 km west of Acton (Town of Halton Hills).

An application to amend the Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s Zoning By-law, and a corresponding Aggregate Resources Act application, have been submitted to permit a new Category 2, Class ‘A’ aggregate operation on these lands.

For up-to-date information with respect to the status of the Zoning By-law Amendment application currently before the Township of Guelph/Eramosa, and the corresponding studies submitted in support of this application, please visit the Township’s website (external link).

Reports to Regional Council

Staff Contact

The staff contact for this project is:

Brian Hudson, Senior Planner
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 7209
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833

In August 2018, the Region became aware of an application to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL) for a new quarry at Reid Side Road and Twiss Road in Milton, to reactivate the former Woodlawn Guelph Campbellville Pit. JDCL has applied for a Class A Category 1 & 2 licence covering 29.4 hectares (73 acres) with an extraction area of 25.7 hectares (63.5 acres) for sand, gravel, and bedrock. The maximum annual tonnage is proposed to be 990,000 tonnes.

In September 2018, the Region issued a Letter of Objection to the proponent and to MNRF.

Staff Contact

The staff contact for this project is:

Joe Nethery, Manager of Community Planning
Planning Tel: 905-825-6000 Ext. 3035
Planning Fax: 905-825-8822
Toll-free Tel: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866)
TTY: 905-827-9833