The Aggregate Resources Act and Regulations
The purposes of the act are:
The act and the regulations apply to the excavation of:
* “Designated areas” means areas that are identified in the regulations.
The act and the regulations do not apply where:
The term "aggregate" is defined by the act as gravel, sand, clay, earth, shale, stone, limestone, dolostone, sandstone, marble, granite, and rock. "Rock" does not include metallic ores, andalusite, asbestos, barite, coal, diamond, graphite, gypsum, kaolin, kyanite, lepidolite, magnesite, mica, nepheline syenite, petalite, phosphate rock, salt, sillimanite, spodumene, talc or wollastonite.
Underground aggregate mining and the extraction of materials exempted from the definition of "rock" are regulated under the Mining Act. The Mining Act is administered by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Aggregate Resources of Ontario: Provincial Standards Version 1.0
The Provincial Standards were developed to provide concise, up-front and user-friendly requirements for the delivery of the Aggregate Resources Act.
They set out:
Other Provincial & Federal Legislation Affecting Aggregate Extraction
Receiving a licence or permit under the Aggregate Resources Act does not relieve the individual or company from meeting the requirements of other agencies and applicable legislation. Aggregate operations may also require additional information or approvals under other legislation, both during the application stage and throughout the life of the operation. Examples of other legislation include the Planning Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Environmental Protection Act and the Greenbelt Act.