CBM has prepared responses to FAQs that were raised during the virtual public meetings held in March/April 2021 and other consultation completed for the proposed project. The FAQs have been grouped by topic. Please click on each of the topics below to see the FAQs associated with that topic.
CBM is currently sorting through the questions received during the December 2021 virtual information session, and will update the FAQs in the coming weeks to address the questions received at the session.
1. Who is CBM Aggregates?
CBM Aggregates is a leading supplier of stone, sand and gravel that is used to support new construction, modernization, infrastructure development and improvements vital to the economic health, well-being and growth of Ontario.
CBM Aggregates safely operates nearly 60 licences for pits and quarries in Ontario. As part of St. Marys Cement Inc. (Canada), founded in 1912, CBM Aggregates has a long history of working closely with communities to minimize the influence of our operations, manage environmental effects and maximize our positive contribution to the communities in which we operate. St. Marys Cement’s concrete division, CBM, also supplies ready-mixed concrete for major projects and award-winning structures, including the CN tower.
Canada Building Materials’ (CBM), concrete and aggregate divisions, and St Marys Cement Inc. (Canada) are all part of the North American operations of international building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos. More information can be found at www.canadabuildingmaterials.com.
2. Is CBM affiliated with the Osprey Valley Golf Course?
No. Pro-M Capital Partners Inc., a private equity firm, owns Osprey Valley Golf Course, and some of the proposed project lands. CBM is leasing some of the lands from Pro-M Capital for the proposed Project.
3. What is CBM proposing?
CBM is exploring the opportunity of developing a quarry in the vicinity of Charleston Sideroad and Main Street/Regional Road 136 in the Town of Caledon. CBM commenced the exploratory process and initiated field work and multiple studies in February 2020, which will assist in understanding the feasibility for extraction before applications can be submitted for consideration to the province and the municipalities (Town of Caledon) under the Aggregate Resources Act and Planning Act, respectively.
4. What is the size of the proposed quarry?
The size of the proposed quarry will be determined by the results of the technical studies being completed for the proposed Project. The location of the quarry would be within the area identified as the “Project Location”, but the size of the actual quarry has yet to be determined. Please see the answer to question 6 below for further information and definitions.
5. What would the extracted aggregate be used for?
Primarily, the extracted aggregate would be used to make high-quality gravel-sized products that are required for the production of high-strength concrete. In addition to this, the resource at this site would be expected to produce aggregate used for the construction of roads, houses, bridges, and hospitals. The limestone would not be used for cement powder as it does not have the appropriate chemical properties.
In Ontario, approximately 160-170 Million tonnes of aggregate are used annually. The anticipated population increase in Peel Region, including the Town of Caledon, will require a close to market source of high-quality aggregate. The limestone extracted from the Project site would remain within Ontario and it would be used to fulfill local needs, typically travelling less than 100 km.
6. What area is CBM studying and why hasn’t a quarry footprint been established yet?
As mentioned in answer 4, the ultimate extent of the proposed quarry will be determined by the results of the technical studies being completed for the proposed Project. It is, however, important to understand a few terms that help explain how the assessment is carried out to the point of defining an extraction area. The illustration below shows the steps to defining a proposed extraction footprint.
These terms are further described below:
- Study Area: The Study Area is the total area that is being assessed and studied through analysis and field studies such as monitoring, and predictive modelling exercises. For a more comprehensive study, this area includes both off-site areas required to be considered under the Aggregate Resources Act and also areas that make sense to include from a more thorough impact assessment standpoint, depending on the technical study being completed. Assessments/studies are being completed within the overall Study Area to understand the existing conditions and create a ‘baseline’ understanding of the various environs in and around the Project Location area. The extent of the Study Area varies depending on the technical study but is large enough so that it captures potential cumulative effects with other existing projects and activities that may be located nearby.
- Project Location: The Project Location area reflects the maximum extent of land that is within CBM’s control to consider the proposed Project. The total Project Location area, or lands within CBM’s control, totals approximately 321 hectares.
- Licence Area: The Licence Area is the area that would ultimately be applied for under the Aggregate Resources Act and contains not only the extraction area but any area that is required for setback and land that may be needed for supporting works and activities. The area, as first applied for, is identified based on the results of the technical studies, but could ultimately be refined through the review and approval process and would have conditions placed on it by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF). The Licence Area would be smaller in size than the Project Location area.
- Extraction Area: The Extraction Area is the maximum area where active extraction would occur. The extraction area considers setback requirements under the Aggregate Resources Act and environmental/socio-economic constraints. Within the Extraction Area there would be an ‘active’ area where extraction would take place. This ‘active’ area is much smaller than the overall Extraction Area and Licence Area that would be depicted on the proposed Site Plans since actual extraction would be conducted in designated areas and move to different areas of the site over time, followed by Progressive Rehabilitation. The Extraction Area would be smaller in size than the Licence Area.
- Active Extraction Area : The Active Extraction Area is the area where extraction is taking place at any given time. Typically, different ‘Phases’ are identified on a Site Plan (issued by the NDMNRF) that show which phase extraction will be taking place. Restriction is placed on the operation with respect to how many ‘Phases’ can be open at the same time. This is also a mechanism for the NDMNRF to ensure that Progressive Rehabilitation is taking place.
- Progressive Rehabilitation: Progressive Rehabilitation takes place in areas of the site where full extraction has been completed and rehabilitation efforts, such as side slopes, can take place. The purpose of Progressive Rehabilitation is to make sure that an operator does not leave all of the rehabilitation obligations to the end of the operation of the site. This is enforced by the NDMNRF through rehabilitation ‘orders’ if an operator has not completed sufficient Progressive Rehabilitation in comparison to the area that has been extracted.
- The Licence Area and proposed Extraction Footprint are yet to be defined and would be set back from the Project Location boundary.
- A map showing an example Study Area and the specific Project Location is provided below. Note that the Licence Area and Extraction Area are not depicted on this figure as they have not yet been defined by the technical studies. It should be noted that for some of the technical disciplines, the Study Area that is being considered is larger and will encompass a ‘sub-watershed upwards to a watershed’ type scale.
*See definitions of Study Area and Project Location above. The extent of the Study Area varies depending on the technical study, but it is large enough so that it captures potential cumulative effects with other existing projects and activities that may be located nearby.
7. Is the Project Location subject to change?
No. The Project Location presents the only landholdings being considered for the Project. The Licence Area and Extraction Area are being defined based on ongoing studies and would form smaller areas within the Project Location.
8. What is the status of the licence application?
CBM is currently completing the technical studies to support a licence application that would be submitted to the NDMNRF. These studies commenced in February 2020, and at least two years of studies need to be completed before any Aggregate Resources Act application is submitted to NDMNRF for review. Currently our anticipated timing for submission is in the second half of 2022. Note that the Aggregate Resources Act and Planning Act applications, including the supporting technical reports and plans, would be circulated to the relevant departments at the Town and Region, as well as other external agencies including the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).
9. What is the timeline of the proposed Project?
At least two years of technical studies need to be completed before applications are submitted to the NDMNRF and the municipality for consideration. It is anticipated that the review of the applications by the NDMNRF, the Town of Caledon and other government agencies would take a number of review cycles before a licence decision is made. There will be multiple opportunities for consultation and engagement throughout the process, before and after the initial submission of the application. A depiction of the process is outlined below. Comments and questions can be sent to CBMCaledonQuarry@golder.com or directly to CBM at any time (please refer to the end of this FAQ document for CBM contact information).
10. How many years do you expect the proposed quarry would be in operation?
The life span of the proposed quarry will be determined by the results of the technical studies since they would dictate how much reserve is actually extractable over the lifespan of the quarry. Based on market demand and potentially available source material, it is anticipated that the proposed quarry would operate for approximately 50 years.
11. What would be the expected hours of operation of the proposed quarry?
The results from the technical studies will help determine the hours of operation of the proposed quarry that are necessary to meet the demand of the market. Once the technical studies have been completed the proposed hours of operation will be provided. The findings will also help inform potential impacts to the surrounding community that will play a key role in plans for the site’s operation.
12. What is the current zoning of the Project Location and would a zoning amendment be required for the proposed Project?
The Project Location is currently predominantly within the Region of Peel’s High Potential Mineral Aggregate Resource Area” (HPMARA) and the Town of Caledon’s “Caledon High Potential Mineral Aggregate Area” (CHPMARA). These delineations are mapped in the Regional and Town Official Plans and represent lands which contain primary and secondary sand and gravel resource areas and selected bedrock resource areas. An Official Plan Amendment to the Town of Caledon’s Official Plan would be required to redesignate the lands to an Extractive Industrial land use designation to facilitate the proposed aggregate operation.
The current zoning of the Project Location is predominantly “A-1, Agricultural”. As such, construction and operation of the project in this location would require a zoning amendment. Under the Planning Act, an amendment to the zoning by-law as well as the Town of Caledon’s Official Plan would be required to put in place the necessary land use permissions, which would permit the aggregate operation. The Town of Caledon is the approval authority; however, the application and supporting technical documentation would be reviewed by the Region of Peel and other regulatory agencies. The Planning Act approvals would have to be in place before a licence is obtained under the Aggregate Resources Act.
13. Would the proposed Project require blasting? How often would blasting be required for operation of the quarry?
Yes. Blasting would be required for extraction of the limestone resource, but not the sand and gravel resource that is located on top of the limestone in certain parts of the site. The frequency and duration of the blasts that would be required for the proposed Project will be determined by the technical studies being completed. Based on other CBM sites, it is anticipated that blasting would occur once or twice a week, depending on the thickness of the resource in different parts of the site, conducted during daytime hours and each blast event would be expected to last approximately two seconds.
Federal and provincial regulations in Canada ensure that blasting activities are safe and controlled. Further details on blasting activities and associated mitigation measures can be found in questions 14, 38, 39, 40, and 41.
14. What is the proposed setback for the aggregate extraction and blasting activities?
The Aggregate Resources Act Regulation requires specific minimum setbacks depending on the land use and zoning surrounding the Licence Area:
- 15 metres (approximately 50 feet) from any part of the boundary of the Licence Area (i.e., next to other land designated as agricultural for instance).
- The 15m setback is increased to 30 metres (approximately 100 feet) from any part of the boundary of the Licence Area that is adjacent to a road/highway, land that is used for residential, or land that is restricted to residential use by a zoning by-law.
- 30 metres (approximately 100 feet) from any body of water that is not the result of excavation below the water table.
The setbacks for the Project will be determined as a result of the technical studies and not just the minimums required by the Regulation. The Project-specific setbacks will be based on the results of the technical studies such as noise, vibration/blasting, air quality and hydrogeology, and the requirements of applicable legislation with respect to the results of these studies (e.g., requirements from the MECP with respect to noise limits at sensitive receptors and air quality standards and criteria).
The more restrictive setbacks will apply when the Project application is finalized and submitted. For instance, let’s say that the noise and air quality studies determine the regulatory setback of “30 metres” is achievable in a certain area of the site while maintaining compliance with the required regulations; however, the blasting/vibration study determines that a setback of “100 metres” is required in that same area in order to achieve compliance with vibration regulations. In this case, the 100-metre setback, identified by the blasting/vibration study, would be chosen, since it is more restrictive (i.e., larger).
Proposed setbacks will be communicated to the community as the technical studies are completed.
15. Would the aggregate extraction occur below the water table?
Yes. Based on the current understanding of the Project and geology and hydrogeology in the area, CBM expects that aggregate extraction would be proposed below the water table. The majority of the limestone deposit is below the water table and, as such, would require extraction to occur below the water table.
16. Would the proposed Project require dewatering?
Likely. The results of the technical studies will confirm if dewatering would be required for the proposed Project. Based on the current understanding of the Project and knowledge of the hydrogeology in the area, CBM expects that some dewatering would likely be required. This will largely be dependent on the hydrogeological assessment for the area, including a detailed evaluation of any potential for influence on domestic wells. More about the hydrogeology considerations is included in the Groundwater section of these FAQs.
17. Would berms be installed between the proposed quarry and the surrounding properties?
CBM anticipates that berms (e.g., berms made out of topsoil stripped in preparation for aggregate extraction and then seeded, or vegetated) would be constructed for the purposes of the Project and the benefit of the community. The location and height of the berms will be determined by the results of the technical studies, such as the noise study. A schematic of what a potential berm would look like is provided below:
18.Would there be multiple and concurrent active extraction sites within the Licence Area?
It is anticipated that within the extraction footprint of the Project there may be different points of active extraction needed for blending purposes, but that these would typically be located in the same general area of the site (i.e., an identified ‘Phase’ on the Site Plan). It is possible that sand and gravel extraction may occur in a different area, or Phase, than the limestone extraction, depending on where the sand and gravel is located. Each phase of extraction would be operating for several years and undergo progressive rehabilitation. A general depiction of this is provided in the flow chart schematic below. The total number of Phases within the Project Location will be defined by the technical studies. This means that at any given time the area of active extraction would be small relative to the overall Project Location.
19. Where does CBM anticipate extraction would commence for the proposed Project?
If a licence is granted, CBM anticipates that aggregate extraction, of both sand and gravel and limestone resources, would commence north of Charleston Sideroad. It is currently anticipated that extraction of limestone would only continue south of Charleston Sideroad once limestone reserves are exhausted north of Charleston Sideroad. It is anticipated that it may be several decades before limestone extraction would start to occur south of Charleston Sideroad. Depending on the amount of time it takes to exhaust the sand and gravel resources north of Charleston Sideroad, it is possible that extraction of sand and gravel south of Charleston Sideroad would take place within 10 to 20 years of initiation of operations.
20. How deep would the proposed quarry be? What is the depth and thickness of the limestone that would be extracted?
The bedrock unit that has been identified as a primary resource is the Amabel/Gasport Formation. Based on available information gathered from the site investigations, it is understood that this formation is approximately 8 to 27 meters thick (thickness varies throughout the Project Location). The depth of the proposed quarry would reflect the thickness of this formation.
21. Where would the aggregate be processed?
If a licence is granted, the aggregate would be processed on-site within the extraction footprint. Once the overburden has been removed at a portion of the site, the overburden would be placed in on-site berms. Portable processing equipment would be located on the bedrock surface until some of the resource has been extracted. Once a sufficient area of limestone has been extracted, a more permanent plant would be constructed below grade in the extracted area in order to help with noise mitigation.
22. When will the technical studies take place?
The technical studies have been ongoing since February 2020 and will be ongoing.
23. Who is conducting the technical studies?
CBM has retained the services of engineering and environmental experts, Golder Associates Ltd. for the resource and environmental technical studies, Glen Schnarr & Associates Inc. for the land use planning amendments and supporting reports, The Municipal Infrastructure Group (TMIG) for traffic studies and MHBC Planning for development of the Site Plans. Each of these firms are leading experts in their fields.
24. Will the technical studies be shared with the public?
Draft findings of the technical studies will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon, and circulated to the relevant departments at the Town and the Region of Peel, as well as other external agencies including the CVC and the MECP. Once finalized and submitted as part of the application, copies of the technical studies will also be posted to the project website.
25. Is CBM addressing the cumulative effects of this proposed Project with other projects in the area?
Yes. As part of the technical studies, CBM is considering other existing projects in the area and how they are interacting with elements of the environment, such as water quality and quantity, traffic, air quality, and noise.
26. What are the potential environmental impacts of the Project?
An assessment of the potential effects of the Project on the environment is ongoing as part of the technical studies. These studies are being completed to ensure that no significant impacts are realized on the environment or surrounding community as a result of the Project. The findings of the effects assessment will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
27. What mitigation measures would CBM implement to reduce the impacts of the proposed Project?
The technical studies will ultimately determine if and what mitigation measures would need to be implemented by CBM to minimize impacts of the Project on the environment and surrounding community. Proposed mitigation measures will be shared in conjunction with the findings of the technical reports, prior to them being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon. Typical mitigation measures for a quarry include, but are not limited to, incorporation of appropriate setbacks, avoidance of sensitive features, installation of berms around the extraction area to minimize noise and visual impacts, implementation of a dust management plan, site specific blast design, scheduled hours of operation, and overall design of the quarry operation to minimize impacts.
28. What type of environmental monitoring would continue for the proposed quarry, if a licence is granted?
Once a licence application is submitted, ongoing monitoring would continue until such time as a decision on a licence is made. Should a licence be granted, monitoring will be a condition of the licence for the entire duration of the extraction and rehabilitation of the site.
The technical studies will determine the types of environmental monitoring that would be completed throughout the life of the Project. At a minimum, CBM would be conducting water resource monitoring (groundwater and surface water), noise and blasting monitoring.
29. What is the expected volume of water that would be pumped from quarry operations?
The hydrogeology technical study will determine the volume of water that would require pumping as part of the quarry operations. It is important to note that water would be recycled on-site where possible and, while large volumes of water may be handled as part of the operation, pumped water would not be consumed and would still be available to the watershed.
30. How would dewatering water be managed for the proposed Project?
The approach to management of the pumped water will be determined through the results of the technical studies. Water that would be pumped through dewatering may be discharged into the local environment (e.g., Credit River) in order to keep the water within the local watershed, or it may be recycled for use in washing aggregate products during the operation of the quarry. Any pumping of water on-site would require a Permit To Take Water from the MECP. For any water discharged back into the environment, discharge locations would be identified through the technical studies. The discharged water would have to meet water quality criteria, and any discharge would require an Environmental Compliance Approval from the MECP.
31. What are potential impacts of dewatering?
An assessment of the potential effects of dewatering is being completed as part of the water resources technical study, to ensure that no significant impacts are realized on surrounding land uses (including water supplies) and the environment as a result of the Project. The findings of the water resource technical study will be shared with the community prior to the technical report being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
32. What mitigation measures would CBM implement to reduce the potential impacts of dewatering?
The hydrogeology technical study will determine the mitigation measures that may need to be implemented by CBM to reduce impacts of dewatering. If any mitigation measures are required, they will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
33. Are you working to determine if domestic and commercial water wells may be impacted?
An assessment of the potential effects of dewatering on water supplies in the area is being completed as part of the hydrogeology technical study, to ensure that no significant impacts are realized as a result of the Project. CBM is committed to safety and, further, is required under the Aggregate Resources Act and the Ontario Water Resources Act to ensure its operations will have no noticeable or adverse effects on well water quality or quantity. A domestic well survey was completed by CBM to help gather information on surrounding domestic and commercial wells that will help to predict and monitor potential effects of the Project on those wells. CBM and its consulting team went door-to-door within a 1-kilometre (km) radius of the Project Location in July 2021 to hand deliver an information package and well questionnaire, and speak with neighbours regarding the water well survey. The well survey allows well-specific information to be gathered by CBM about domestic and commercial wells so that it is included in our technical studies.
If you have a well and live in proximity to the proposed project (i.e., within 1 km), are interested in participating in this survey, and did not receive the original hand-delivered request, or have questions about the survey and the benefits of participating in this survey, please contact us at CBMCaledonQuarry@golder.com.
34. In the event of impacts to private wells, how would CBM compensate private well owners?
First and foremost, CBM must ensure domestic and commercial water supply will not be negatively impacted. The detailed technical studies will evaluate the potential for a water supply to be affected and will identify potential mitigation that can take place before a licence is granted or potential effect is observed. However, to protect citizens, in cases where wells are impacted by the Project, the Ontario Water Resources Act requires that any operation that has created an impact provides the impacted well owners an alternate potable water source.
35. What are the potential impacts on the significant natural environment features and the Credit River?
An assessment of the potential effects of the Project on the natural environment and the Credit River is being completed as part of the technical studies. The studies are being undertaken to ensure that no significant impacts are realized to any natural environment feature, including the Credit River, as a result of the Project. The findings of the effects assessment will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
36. What would the expected truck traffic activity be as a result of the proposed Project? Would trucks run 24 hours a day?
Truck traffic will be determined by the results of a traffic impact study. The number of trucks that would be used is correlated with the amount of aggregate that would be extracted. The amount of aggregate that would be extracted will be determined by the technical studies. Shipping from aggregate sites typically does not occur 24 hours per day. There may be rare occasions where specific government projects, for example, require shipment of products during atypical hours to accommodate construction requirements. However, for this to take place, special permission would be required from the NDMNRF and the municipality if outside of the shipping hours listed in the site plan. On the rare occasions that this may occur, restricted noise limits would have to be met during those windows.
37. What is the expected haul route that CBM would use for the proposed Project?
Charleston Sideroad is an already-established haul route and it is anticipated that this would be the primary haul route for the Project. The actual haul route will be determined by the technical studies and will be shared with the community at future consultation events for input.
38. Can you provide an example as to how loud the blasting may be?
Noise levels associated with blasting activities are regulated and must be kept within established thresholds. As for an example, it largely depends on how far the “receptor” is from the blasting activity. However, based on noise generated during blasting at other CBM quarry sites, and in consideration of required setbacks at those sites, the noise generated from blasting activities at residences nearby to those sites is the equivalent to hearing a jackhammer in the distance. Blasts, however, are very short (approximately two seconds) and, if a licence is granted, it is anticipated that blasting would occur only one to two times per week.
39. What mitigation measures would CBM implement to reduce the risk of wild flyrock (i.e., flyrock leaving the quarry site) during blasting activities?
Wild flyrock events are an extremely rare occurrence in Ontario. Distance is a major consideration in the planning and operations of any regulated site. Potential wild flyrock resulting from quarry operations is a serious offense in Ontario, and could result in heavy fines, the suspension of an operating licence, and/or prosecution if damage and/or injury were to occur. CBM takes this risk very seriously and operates their quarries in a way that prevents the risk of wild flyrock. The blasting technical study report being completed for the Project will outline recommendations and mitigation to prevent wild flyrock events during quarry operations for this specific Project.
Protocols related to the prevention of wild flyrock will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
40. What mitigation measures would CBM implement to reduce the impact of noise from blasting or general Project activities?
The blasting and noise technical studies will determine the blasting design and mitigation measures that would be implemented by CBM to reduce noise and vibration impacts. Berms would be installed as part of the Project to minimize effects on ambient noise levels. Proposed noise mitigation measures will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
41. What mitigation measures would CBM implement to reduce the impact on air quality from Project activities?
The air quality technical study will determine the mitigation measures that would be implemented by CBM to reduce impacts to air quality that could potentially result from the Project. To address comments received during consultation, CBM is also completing a site-specific study to assess if predicted emissions from the proposed quarry (e.g., particulates, crystalline silica) will pose a risk to human health and to identify mitigation measures if they are needed.
CBM will be implementing a dust management best practices plan (BMPP) to minimize dust generation on-site. CBM has also installed air quality monitors to monitor air quality levels at the Project Location, in order to establish background air quality levels that will be included in the air quality technical study. Findings of the technical study, and any resulting mitigation measures, will be shared with the community prior to technical reports being finalized and filed with the NDMNRF and the Town of Caledon.
42. Would rehabilitation be completed for the proposed Project?
Yes. CBM is committed to best-in-class rehabilitation and, further, The Aggregate Resources Act requires both progressive and final rehabilitation to be completed as part of a licence. CBM understands the importance of rehabilitation at the properties it owns and operates, and has implemented successful, award winning, rehabilitation at many sites over the years (please visit the Rehabilitation subpage on the Project website for rehabilitation examples). Restoring the land to a similar or enhanced end-use after extraction has taken place is one of the most important aspects of the aggregate industry in general, but a core value for CBM, being part of Votorantim Cimentos where sustainability is identified as a key business pillar for the company.
43. How would rehabilitation for the proposed Project look?
The rehabilitation for the proposed Project will be determined by the technical studies, with input from the community and government agencies. Plans for rehabilitation will be shared with the community, once available. It is anticipated that a water feature of some sort would result, given that extraction below the water table would be taking place as part of the operation. It is important to consider that this step in the quarry’s lifecycle would take place an estimated 50 years from now, yet it is included as a critical factor in the licensee application and approval process.
44. Please provide examples of past rehabilitation Projects that CBM has completed
Please visit the Rehabilitation subpage on the Project website for several examples of best-in-class rehabilitation that CBM has completed at other sites.
45. What are the potential impacts on property values?
There have been numerous studies completed related to aggregate sites and their potential impact on property values. Generally, these studies have shown, in limited instances, short-term potential for property values in close proximity to the given site to be temporarily affected, but that in the long-term property values are generally not impacted overall. However, CBM recognizes that this is a concern that has been raised in relation to this Project and will ensure that the Project is carried out in a manner that minimizes negative impacts to surrounding property values to the extent controllable by the business, if granted permission to operate via a licence for the site.
46. How would the community benefit from the proposed Project?
Long-term projects such as this have both direct and indirect benefits to the communities in which they are located. Some direct benefits would include job creation, tax benefits, tonnage fees paid to communities through The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC), and the local use of the extracted aggregate product for local communities in Ontario. Indirect benefits would include the spin-off economic benefits and job creation that would be created through the life of the site, through not only the Town but also the Region, and also the potential for future use of the site, depending on the end use that would be created (i.e., a lake), and future accessibility to it.
47. How many jobs would be created as a result of the proposed Project?
CBM estimates that, if the site becomes fully operational, approximately 50 to 70 people may be employed directly for the Project, with the number being significantly higher for indirect jobs (e.g., concrete producers, truckers, contractors etc.) over the life of the quarry.
48. Would CBM pay tonnage fees to the Region?
Yes. CBM would pay a levy fee to TOARC, which is responsible for collecting and disbursing aggregate fees to the Town of Caledon and the Region of Peel. The Town and Region could use those funds for various community needs such as road maintenance. A full explanation of the TOARC fees and how they are used and distributed can be found at the TOARC website: https://toarc.com/annual-reports
49. What is CBM's plan for public consultation for the proposed Project?
CBM’s plan for public consultation is to undertake meaningful and respectful consultation, to continue to build solid relationships with the community in a transparent manner, and to improve the Project through consideration of input. While public consultation is not required until an application is filed, CBM’s objective has been to engage early in the process and to carry out public engagement on an on-going basis through the licensing process. Should CBM be successful in obtaining a licence, post licence consultation would be through the establishment of a Public Liaison Committee (PLC).
Engagement has been, and will continue to be, undertaken prior to a formal application and through the official process as prescribed under the Aggregate Resources Act and Planning Act. Consultation through the process will include meetings with the public to provide information about the Project and periodic updates on the Project website. CBM is also open to other formats and venues for public consultation (e.g., site visits, one-on-one discussions via phone call or in person while following COVID-19 protocols for social distancing).
Should a licence be granted in the future, CBM would immediately form a community PLC that would continue to provide an avenue for the public to engage with CBM in an on-going manner while the site is operating.
For an overview of the consultation efforts completed to date for the Project, please visit the Talking to Our Community subpage in the Project website.
50. Who has CBM engaged with so far?
CBM has been engaging several groups including:
- Indigenous communities
- Government agencies, such as the NDMNRF, CVC, the MECP, the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Town of Caledon and Region of Peel
- Interest groups, including local resident associations
- Members of the public
Methods of communication have included email/mail, Project website updates, FAQs and public meetings.
51. What engagement events has CBM conducted since the initiation of the Project?
- Summer 2019 – CBM initiated communication with local government representatives.
- Fall 2019 – CBM commenced engagement with Indigenous communities and local community, and continued engagement with local government representatives.
- Early 2020 – CBM continued meetings with Indigenous communities and notified local community regarding commencement of fieldwork.
- Late Winter 2020 – CBM sent an invitation for a meeting with the local community and government representatives but then postponed the meeting prior to it occurring due to COVID-19 restrictions.
- Summer/Fall 2020 – CBM distributed a notification to the local community of field work.
- Early to mid-2021 – CBM held virtual meetings with Indigenous communities, local government representatives, local interest groups and the local community.
- Fall/Winter 2021 – Virtual update meeting with the community.
52. Are the presentation materials from the consultation events available to the public, including a recording of the presentation?
Yes. You can find the presentation materials from the March and April 2021 meetings on Talking to Our Community subpage of the Project website.
A recording of the presentation that was made to the public in April 2021 is also available on the Talking to Our Community subpage.
CBM will continue to update presentation materials to the Project website as public meetings continue to be held.
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