The soil policy in the province of Ontario and especially the city of Toronto is changed in a sustainable way.
(Targetted) Project results
The expected results of the project are:
- the implementation of soil policy is more cost-effective, making it possible to redevelop contaminated areas;
- a draft operational system for setting up a pilot project for a soil bank facility;
- the Canadian experts involved have increased knowledge on soil management;
- Canadian policy makers are able to create new policies on sustainable land management;
These policies are demonstrated in a pilot project.
Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
To start a dialogue with representatives from the MoE of Ontario, Agency Soil+ and NSP to elaborate the following points:
1.Subject definition: Soil management facility – Soil re-use;
2.Setting up a project team on Ontario and The Netherlands side;
As a kick off for the contents of the above mentioned activities the Dutch experience with soil re-use in infrastructural works, soil banks and soil quality mapping, some inputs can be derived / questions can be posed like:
- It is worthwhile to consider defining a set of concentration and leaching standards for soil re-use / application.
- With leaching standards the necessity to monitor groundwater quality could be alleviated. This would – for operators – eliminate a serious hurdle to re-use soil in large infrastructural works.
- Analyses of the system soil bank facility(in Ontario). In order to maintain control on the “flows of soil” a simple registration system for soil quality and quantity can be implemented.
The actions mentioned above will be implemented through the following activities:
- The further elaboration of a new MoU;
- Visits of Dutch experts to Toronto;
- A visit of Canadian experts to The Netherlands;
- The elaboration of a policy guidance document;
- The elaboration of a roadmap for setting up Slim Topsoil+ in the Province of Ontario;
- The setup of a Slim Topsoil+ in the Province of Ontario.