Aggregates News                                                          


Aggregate is commonly defined as gravel, sand, clay, earth, shale, stone, limestone, dolostone, sandstone, marble, granite, rock or other prescribed material.  Alternatively, it is described as any combination of sand, gravel, or crushed stone in a natural or processed state.


Learn about aggregates (Government of Ontario).


A pit is an open excavation of aggregate from an existing natural source i.e. sand pit, gravel pit. 


A quarry is an open excavation from which aggregate is obtained through blasting the rock with explosives.  A mega-quarry is defined as having 150 million tonnes of reserves and an annual production capacity of at least 10 million tonnes.  Video:  How a quarry works (UK) (8 mins)


Aggregate in Ontario is regulated under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).


Ontario published the State of Aggregate Resources in Ontario Study (SAROS) in February 2010.  In effect the report says the ideal solution is a mega-quarry within 75km of Vaughan (Vaughan being the site with the greatest expectation of population growth).  This and the “Golden Horseshoe” (aka greater Toronto area) is the key market that proponents are currently trying to address.


The various levels of government (aka taxpayers) are the largest user of aggregate for roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, etc. so there is incentive and benefit in keeping costs low.  Additionally, aggregate operations can bring much need revenue and jobs into the local economy.


Broad concerns about creating new aggregate operations or expanding existing sites are:  consolidated impacts of local aggregate operations, affect on water quality, direct community impacts, healthcare, loss of long-term jobs, blasting impact (fly rock, accidents, property damage) and explosives transportation/storage (where used), heavy truck traffic, dust, loss of air quality, noise pollution, greenspace impact, wildlife impact, impact on fish, potential to take water, operational life cycle, rehabilitation plan, tax implications and future-use (planning vs reality).


Some of the more well-known operations/proposals are:


Aggregate Operations in Ontario (not a complete list)






Opposition / Concerned Groups

Caledon area – consolidated impacts

3,800 acre corridor

licenced pits held by multiple operators extending from Caledon Village west to Belfountain, with a potential of growth to 4,600 acres


People for Responsible Escarpment Development Caledon (REDC)



Melancthon mega-quarry (withdrawn)


2,316 acres


Proposal Withdrawn


Carmeuse Lime

2,000 acres

Ingersoll, Oxford County

$50mln business incl. $5mln exports (Industry Cda)

Lafarge Manitoulin

1,700 acres


ships to Quebec and the USA


Dufferin Aggregates Milton


1,400 acres

Amabel formation

Since 1962


Lafarge Dundas

1,045 acres, 71.93 acres proposed




Dufferin Aggregates

Acton Quarry


300+ acres, 124 ha


Amabel formation, quarry below-water-table, 4 million tonnes annually

(article, image)


Dolime, Guelph



Operating for 150+ years



Aldershot Quarries, Burlington


Operating since 1920s

West quarry

Centre quarry

East quarry (new extraction)

Tyandaga Environmental Coalition

@TECburlington /


St. Marys Cement Bowmanville

556 acres


manages 48.5 million litres of water per day (EBR 011-6319)


Walker Niagara Falls

542 acres




Nelson Mount Nemo Burlington

519 acres


expansion proposal rejected in 2012; new proposal launched in 2019

Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL)

Ledge Road, Dewdney Mountain Farms, Peterborough


432 acres & cement plant proposed




St. Mary’s Burford


331 acres proposed

1,000,000 tonnes annually



Melville Pit proposal, Caledon

300 acres proposed

Proposed by Olympia Sand and Gravel at 20946 Willoughby Road


Citizens Against Melville Pit (CAMP)


Paris, Watts Pond Road


 260 ha /642 acres



 Dufferin Aggregates

Cedarhurst Beamish Pit

85.4 ha / 211 acres

Owned by CRH, Dufferin Aggregates

French’s Hill, Tiny Township

Teedon expansion proposed

New Sibthorpe proposal

Walker Duntroon

116 acres, 168 acres proposed

Amabel formation


Clearview Community Coalition

MAQ Duntroon

247 acres

Amabel formation, 60 ft below water table / 1million tonnes annually

approved 24-Aug-2012


Peggs Mountain, Burks Falls


200 acres proposed




St. Mary’s Flamborough


164 acres proposed


proposal rejected in 2013


Luther Marsh Wilson

150 acres proposed

Quarry below water table

Impact on Luther Marsh?

1,000,000 tonnes annually



Rockwood, James Dick

“Hidden Quarry”


100 acres proposed

Guelph-Eramosa Township




Blueland Farms Ltd McCormick Pit (Heart Lake Road)


111 acres proposed




- being acquired by James Dick (2017)?

Jigs Hollow, Woolwich


89 acres proposed

150,000 tonnes annually



Brock Tottenham

80 acres


Proposal to extend below water table


Protect Caledon Inc

Arbour Farms, Airport Road


80 acres proposed




James Dick Reid Road Quarry, Campbellville (Milton)


73 acres proposed

Underwater blasting proposed


Milton Quarry expansion (Dufferin Aggregates)




Ontario Environmental Registry No. 019-5928




Proposed expansion

McNab/ Braeside

Asphalt plant

Friends Addressing Concerns Together In McNab/Braeside (FACT-MB) (article) (article)


Melrose/Long’s Quarry expansion

64 acres proposed expansion

- Adjacent to Long’s quarry for a combined spread of over 100 acres.


- 300 homes within 2 kms of sites entirely dependent on wells.



40 acres




Brampton Brick Ltd. Norval


23 acres, 80 feet deep



Proposal withdrawn April 2018 (article)


North Dumfries, Puslinch Township

33 extraction operations

Combined 4.4 million tonnes per year (2013)


Concerned Residents Association of North Dumfries (CRAND)


Crain’s Construction

Snow Road Station, North Frontenac

Gravel pit


History of illegal crushing, inadequate berms & dust control

Ken Cressey

Eek Gravel Pit Expansion, Barrie

50 acres

- new pit requested adjacent to existing pit


People vs. Pits

Dorset Quarry Proposal, Dorset

53 acres proposed

- construct quarry at existing sand pit

Fowler Construction, Fleming Quarry


43 acres proposed to expand to 60 acres

- new pit requested adjacent to existing pit

70 metres from nearest residences

Ramara Legacy Alliance

Greenwood Aggregates proposal, Town of Mono

Violet Hill

- 1,000,000 tonnes annually over 30 years

- July 15, 2016 proposal



Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources – Pits and Quarries Online system [As at 17-Aug-2019 there are 5,988 active licences in the system.]


Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks – Permit to Take Water Online system


Aggregate industry website – Open Aggregates


According to Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment (FORCE), there are 2,800 quarries in Ontario.  According to Canada’s Rock to Road Magazine the Manitoulin “operation is impacted by the fortunes of U.S. economy as a significant percentage of Manitoulin’s output is shipped to U.S. markets on the Great Lakes.”  In other words, the “shortage” of aggregate in Ontario is debatable.


For information on the Quarry Approval Process click here.


For information about the Tax Implications of an aggregate operation click here



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Wellington Advertiser

Divisional Court upholds decision raising assessment on gravel pits in county


Patrick Raftis



Caledon Town Council adopts resolution supporting a moratorium on new aggregate operations as proposed by Peel Regional Council


e-mail 27-Apr-2022



Renewed Calls For Fairer Approach To MPAC Property Valuation Of Gravel Pits


Mayor James Seeley


Orangeville Banner

'We all use aggregate — every day': Ontario aggregate sector reacts to criticism from group that led Melancthon megaquarry fight


Norman Cheesman, OSSGA

2019-12-03 / Torstar

Muskoka Lakes residents rally against Lippa Quarry as applicant appeals council

Sarah Law

- Skeleton Lake, Lambert’s Lake, Mud Lake

- Facebook:  Stop Muskoka Pit


Stop Muskoka Pit

e-mail:  Case Management Conference Outcomes


- Proposed Lippa Pit and Quarry, Muskoka


Government of Ontario

Lafarge Canada Inc.:  Worker's Fatal Fall Results in $400,000 Fine for Mississauga Company with Record of Convictions


- Lafarge


Orangeville Today

Hwy 10 Closed at Caledon Village After Dump Truck Crashes into Building




Maryhill Gravel Pit A Test of Whose Interests New Rules Protect


Steve Kannon


Algoma Mills Protest Set for Wednesday


Brent Sleightholm

2019-09-03 / Asharq Al-Awsat

Recycling Building Rubble Saves Mountains, Rivers, Beaches




Rogue to Acquire Limestone Quarries in Ontario, Ready for Immediate Operation, Debt Financing Arranged, Private Placement Announced


Rogue Resources Inc.


Orillia Matters

Company appealing decision after Ramara council quashes quarry request


Nathan Taylor

- Fowler quarry expansion proposal



Cement Produces More Pollution Than All the Trucks in the World


Vanessa Dezem

2019-06-18 / Brighton Independent

Ogden Point Quarry celebrates 60th year of operation in Cramahe


John Campbell


CBC News

Crushing silence: Yoga retreat fears quarry's arrival


Stu Mills

- Freymond/Fowler quarry in Faraday


Bancroft This Week

Noise, traffic and peaceful co-existence

Nate Smelle

- Freymond/Fowler quarry in Faraday (petition)  (


Residents are concerned about the changes coming to laws about gravel pits


Greg Mercer

- Temara Brown


Wellington Advertiser

Deal could allow Halton Crushed Stone gravel pit to expand


Phil Gravelle

- EBR 012-7790


The quarrying industry wants back in to Ontario’s protected land


John Michael McGrath


Youtube / CRC

Caught in the Act:  The Public Catches Wind of the Secret “Aggregate Summit”


Harold Wilson


Opinion:  Premier Ford and Minister Yakabuski – There are enough pits and quarries in Ontario


George Minakakis, Chair of the Association of Concerned Residents Together in our Nassagaweya


Caledon Enterprise

What's going on here? Residents protest at 'secretive' aggregate summit held in Caledon


Karen Martin-Robbins



Reddit / u/edgar-von-splet

Secret Ford meeting today about gravel pits



NDACT Says the Ontario Aggregate Reform Summit Isn’t Good News for Farm Lands


- Karren Wallace, NDACT Chair


Shelburne Free Press

Conservative aggregate summit causes concern across province


Marni Walsh


Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth


Jonathan Watts


Government of Ontario

Ontario Committed to Promoting Economic Growth in Aggregate Industry - Ontario’s Government for the People Hosting Summit on Aggregate Reform


Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


London Free Press

Homes, park space envisioned for huge chunk of old Byron gravel pit


Norman de Bono

- Bryon gravel pit


London Free Press

Byron embraces gravel pit development (as long as towers don't get too high)


Norman de Bono

- Bryon gravel pit


Freymond Quarry Approved by Faraday Council


Mathew Reisler


CBC News

Farm to gravel pit application part of a worrisome trend, opponents say

Andrew Lupton

- Donelley farm

- Middlesex County, Newlife Recycling, 20317 Purple Hill Rd, Thames Centre

- AAROC Aggregates


Man dies in industrial accident at Oro Medonte township quarry


(CTV article)


The Daily Press (Timmons)

Tribunal backs council's decision to not approve gravel pit


Len Gillis

-          Goulet new gravel pit proposal


A-C-W Reeve expects gravel pit appeal

Bob Montgomery

- Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh


Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh approves proposed gravel pit


Bob Montgomery


Howick to strike a road improvement agreement with Hanna & Hamilton


Kelsey Dunbar


London Free Press

Byron gravel pit sold, city eyes 'recreational opportunities'

Hank Daniszewski

- 25 ha listed for $9.9 mln

- taxes $35k per year

- AO News - Rehabilitation Aggregate Sites


Trout Lake property-owners appeal gravel pit decision

Gary Rinne

- Lempiala Sand & Gravel, owned by Bruno's Contracting of Thunder Bay.


Global News

Illegal swimming in Kingston quarry near Highway 15 causes issues for neighbours

Kraig Krause

AO News - Rehabilitation Aggregate Sites


Court upholds OMB ruling in favour of Simcoe County

- precedent-setting (AO – Giofam Sebright Quarry Proposal)

- July 24, 2017 decision OMB Decision (.pdf)


Wellington Advertiser

Erin council defers decision on gravel pit citing outstanding concerns

Olivia Rutt

- Halton Crushed Stone gravel pit 150-acre extension application


Proposed pit expansion near Hwy. 115 subject of May 28 Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing


Bill Hodgins

- VicDom

- Oak Ridges Moraine


Erin council backs off pit decision


Phil Gravelle


CBC News (Nova Scotia)

Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry

Paul Withers

- NAFTA, $443 million damages in lost profit over 50 years, Bilcon


Globe and Mail

Gravel-pit firm's win bittersweet

Karen Howlett

- Campbellville


Cement Americas

Judge Rules in Favour of Lafarge Alternative Fuel Project


Cement Americas News

- burning tires


Global News

Trent Lakes residents claim victory in battle against mega quarry proposal

Greg Davis

- near Bobcaygeon

- Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd.


'Norval Quarry has been stopped': Residents' group declares victory in 12-year fight


Pam Douglas

Brampton Guardian


Controversial gravel pit application moves to next stage

Gary Rinne

- Trout Lake

- Lempiala Sand & Gravel

- owned by Bruno's Contracting of Thunder Bay


Globe and Mail

Residents, cottagers in Ontario’s Muskoka region fight quarry proposal near unique Skeleton Lake


John Lorinc


Aggregate company fined following worker fatality at Orillia quarry


DCN News Service

- Walker Aggregates Inc. Orrillia


Changes urged for Erin pit proposal


Phil Gravelle


Government of Ontario

Company Fined $170,000 After Death of Worker at Orillia Quarry


Walker Aggregates, Orillia


Meeting on Erin gravel pit expansion

Phil Gravelle

- Halton Crushed Stone gravel pit expansion near Erin


DeSmog Canada

How a U.S. Company is Suing Canada for Rejecting Quarry in Endangered Whale Nursery


Judith Lavoie

- Bay of Fundy



Wellington North Studies Gravel Pit Certifications


Campbell Cork


Proponent willing to withdraw gravel pit plan

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons


Councillors lacked info to make informed decision, OMB told

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons


Gravel pit issue headed to OMB hearing

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons


Dufferin County pit operator fined $67K for violating aggregate license



Chris Halliday

- AO Fill News


Northern Ontario Business

Rogue Resources to acquire Massey silica-quartz project




Orangeville Banner

Ministry, Melancthon settle water protection differences, avoid OMB hearing


Chris Halliday

- AO Melancthon "mega quarry"


Opposition To Proposed Quarry Near Clavering


Jordan MacKinnon


Minto Ready To Sell Old Gravel Pit


Campbell Cork


Walter Nuvoloni: Worker, 47, died after fall at Woodstock-area’s Lafarge Canada workplace Wednesday


Dale Carruthers


A man is fighting for his life after a 30-foot fall at Lafarge near Woodstock on Wednesday


Heather Rivers, Dale Carruthers, QMIAgency


Orangeville Citizen

NDACT easing concerns over Strada aggregate application


Mike Pickford


OMB Decision on Haul Routes


OMB Decision (.pdf)


Quarry “Rocks” with Donation to Lower Trent Conservation


David Foot


National Post

Ontario court halts quarry project over lack of consultation with First Nations


- T & P Hayes Ltd.

- AO First Nations


Barrie Examiner

Centre Vespra group opposed to expansion of gravel pit operation


Eek pit (1194233 Ontario Ltd.)


Bancroft This Week

A glimpse into the future of a quarry in Bancroft

Sarah Sobanski

- Fowler Construction’s Fleming Quarry

- Moreen Miller, President of Fowler Construction

- proposed Freymond Quarry


Toronto Metro

After finding endangered salamanders, locals fight to stop Ontario quarry project

Liam Casey

- Burlington Meridian Brick (formerly Forterra Brick)

AO Information – Aldershot Quarries



Manitoulin Expositor

Cup and Saucer trails closed for now; future of the attraction in jeopardy


Don Eadie Construction

- Manitoulin Island

2017-04-18 / Wasaga Sun

Clearview councillors dig in on gravel pit rezoning

Ian Adams

- Lafarge’s proposed Avening pit (extension)


Southgate council finally gives approval to Peyton Pit


Don Crosby


Town will investigate alternative gravel route

Phil Gravelle / Erin Advocate

- Town of Erin


No quick resolution in gravel pit issue

Len Gillis

- OMB hearing Dec. 2017

- Laurier & Florence Goulet, Ogden Township


Third public meeting held for Peyton Pit

Don Crosby


- Peyton Pit

- Flanagan Pit


Council considers gravel pit standards

Phil Gravelle / Erin Advocate

- Cornerstone Standards Councils (CSC)


Timmins Press

Change of plans ahead of OMB hearing on controversial gravel pit


Len Gillis

- Goulets


Blackburn News

Wellington North Approves Gravel Pit Location Near Arthur


Campbell Cork

- Stack gravel pit, Arthur Twp


Barrie Examiner

Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing on Tuesday for proposed gravel pit expansion


Ian McInroy


Blackburn News

Fewer Objections to Proposed Southgate Gravel Pit

Campbell Cork

- Peyton Pit, near Holstein

- Flanagan Family

2016-12-29 / Alliston Herald

OMB pre-hearings set for Tottenham No Frills plaza, gravel pit proposal


Brad Pritchard

- Nelson Aggregate 5556 & 5670


Wellington North council approves haulage agreement with gravel pit proponents


Kris Svela

- Ghent pit


Chronicle Journal

LTE: Demand for aggregate harming natural areas


Paul Filteau


Businessman and his wife are at war with a quarrying company after the crystal clear spring that has supplied their £400,000 home since 1860 was contaminated, leaving them without water for four years


Matt Hunter

- water quality


Creemore Echo

Lafarge applying to expand Avening quarry

Trina Berlo

- Avening Pit


Orangeville Banner

Dufferin OPP search for dump truck after ‘significant’ gravel spill on Highway 10


Chris Halliday


OMB hearing set for proposed Baker Lake gravel pit


Len Gillis


Mapping mix-up miffs Mulligan

Paul Schliesmann

- Village of Bath

“That quarry operation has to be protected first and foremost.”


London Free Press

Loss of farmland cited by gravel pit opponents


John Miner

- Thames Centre


Stouffville mayor refuses to sign gravel pit amendment into law

Ali Raza

- AO Info: Large Scale Fill Operations News


CBC News Manitoba

Train derails after crash with gravel truck




City faces legal challenge at OMB over gravel pit decision


Len Gillis


Enterprise Bulletin

Missing signs irks citizen's group

JT McVeigh

- Conn Gravel Pit, Town of the Blue Mountains


Hamilton Spectator / Toronto Star

Quarry quarrel pits Burlington residents against brick company’s expansion plan

Christopher Reynolds

- 44 year old dormant licence

- Aldershot quarry

- Tyandaga Environmental Coalition

2016-08-29 / Collingwood Connection

Blue Mountain Residents Opposed to Gravel Pit Expansion

Conn Gravel Pit, Town of the Blue Mountains


Professor worries over quarry

Sarah Sobanski

- Sharon Cowling, Freymond quarry proposal (Letter to the Editor)


Almaguin News

Legal help signs on in Emsdale quarry appeal

Andrew Mendler

- Emsdale quarry proposal


Bancroft This Week

Quarry conversations resume with coming proposal


Sarah Sobanski

- Freymond quarry proposal pending


Proposed gravel pit denied approval from council


Len Gillis


Police search for driver of gravel truck after morning crash on Highway 400




Global News

26-year-old man killed after pickup truck crashes into Southern Ontario quarry


Adam Miller

- Hagersville quarry


Southgate Council Hears Opposition To Gravel Pits


Campbell Cork


Council likely dug into a corner on gravel pit decision


Len Gillis

- Timmins


Baker Lake homeowners dead set against gravel pit


Len Gillis

- Timmins


Caledon Citizen

Residents raise concerns over proposed Limebeeer Pit


Bill Rea


Milton Quarry wins Community Relations industry award


Steve LeBlanc



First in the World; CRH Canada's Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry certified as socially and environmentally responsible




SASE Aggregate gravel pit expansion is moving along with Uxbridge council’s approval


Shane MacDonald


Barrie Examiner

Springwater denies gravel pit expansion

Ian McInroy

- Eek, 1194233 Ontario Inc.. at 3568 Barrie Hill Rd.


Barrie Examiner

Springwater residents opposing gravel pit expansion

Ian McInroy

- Eek, 1194233 Ontario Inc.. at 3568 Barrie Hill Rd.


Beach Metro

Quarry lands plan opposed


Jon Muldoon


Edmonton Journal

Parkland County residents fight gravel-pit approval close to their houses


Sheila Pratt

- Alberta


CBC News

Gravel pit operators near Thunder Bay to now follow Ontario legislation


- previously exempt for ARA legislation


Cornwall Gravel quarry expansion will move ahead


Greg Peerenboom

- Cornwall Gravel 62-acre expansion


Almaguin News

Ryerson council using quarry experience to help others


Rebecca Zanussi



Almaguin News

Loxton Line quarry passes Board approval

Rebecca Zanussi

- Powassan

2015-11-03 / Uxbridge Times Journal

Decision on controversial Uxbridge gravel pit expansion delayed

Moya Dillon

- SASE Aggregates Ltd.

- 29 ha expansion

- Wagg Rd and Conc. 4


Wellington Advertiser

Residents oppose CBM gravel pit expansion at second public meeting


Olivia Rutt

- Hillsburgh St Marys / CBM


Aggregate certification received with skepticism by townships


Paige Desmond


Journal of Commerce

Crunch coming for gravel reserves in Western Canada


Jean Sorensen

2015-08-27 / Innisfil Journal

Dump truck bursts into flames after Innisfil collision


Rick Vanderlinde


CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador

Blasting debris strikes Cape Ray home, narrowly misses teen


- blast from 250m away


Orangeville Citizen

Commentary:  Still more pits? We're just not ready




Planning report recommends delaying decision on aggregate pit near Everett




Infrastructure Ontario stalling on re-opening access to "Trout Quarry" Crown land near Cornwall

Greg Peerenboom

- Trout Quarry, Cornwall

- site after-use:  park? recreation?



Disposal of fracking waste water gets OK

- fracking waste water to be used as coolant for kiln at Lafarge cement plant

- evaporation


North Bay Nipissing News

Loxton quarry set for five-day hearing

Rebecca Zanussi

- Proposed Loxton Line quarry going to OMB


Bancroft this Week

Public gets first look at proposed quarry

Nate Smelle

- Freymond proposal, near Bancroft


CTV News Barrie

Three dead following head-on collision near Shelburne


- collision with gravel truck on highway 89, east of hwy 10


Braeside garden tour to help defray quarry costs


MB-FACT McNab- Braeside

- asphalt


Petition:  STOP the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT - Protect the Beaver Valley and Lake Eugenia Watershed


Concerned Residents of Flesherton, ON

 - asphalt


Region’s land settlement includes gravel pit deal


Paige Desmond

[- encouraging news]


Durham Region

Stone-carving event could mean new public sculpture in Uxbridge

- Uxbridge Town Hall in brief

- Uxbridge is standing with other municipalities, including Trent Lakes and the Town of Halton Hills, as they urge the Province to reconsider existing policy governing aggregate resources.


Wellington Advertiser

Concerns raised over proposal to extract gravel from below water table

Mike Robinson

- Pilkington

- Mann Construction (2 licences)


Niagara Escarpment Views

Halton Hills Calls for Quarries to Demonstrate Need


- Doug Tripp, Concerned Residents Coalition



Nova Scotia taxpayers may be on hook for NAFTA defeat


Paul Withers


NEC endorses Acton Quarry expansion


Independent Free Press

2015-02-25 / Bracebridge Examiner

Landscaping company fined for illegal pit

Mary Beth Hartill


Holcim, Lafarge assets sold to Irish-based CRH for $7.3B




Country 107.3

Zorra cracks down on new aggregates

“impact of one tandem trailer fully loaded with aggregate is the equivalent of 65,000 cars driving on the road”


CTV News Kitchener

Year-long moratorium on expansions in aggregate pit-rich part of Oxford County


The Canadian Press


London Community News

Gravel pit plan likely moving ahead after brief referral


Sean Meyer


North Bay Nipissing News

Loring man fined $4,000 for illegal shore line work and aggregate pit operation




Brantford Expositor

OFA urges getting tougher on trespassers

Michael-Allan Marion

- check 2nd story following feature story re: Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)


CFFO Says Farmland Preservation Needed

Steve Sabourin

- Nathan Stevens, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)



Orangeville Banner

UPDATE: Orangeville hockey dad killed in Highway 10 collision

Chris Halliday

- car crossed into oncoming gravel truck


Caledon Enterprise

Weight compliance issues abound in aggregate industry


Matthew Strader


Caledon Enterprise

Shocking weight of aggregate truck numbers exposed in MTO study


Matthew Strader


Canadian Environmental Law Association

Residents' Group Files Legal Challenge Against Ontario's Approval of Quarry Dewatering

-Citizens Against Melrose Quarry (CAMQ)

-Tyendinaga Township

-C.H. Demill Holdings Inc.

-Long’s Quarry

-below water table extraction


Orangeville Banner

Aggregate fears mounting in Mono


Chris Halliday


Wellington Advertiser

TAPMO calls for greater aggregate approach




Youtube / SciShow

The Deepest Hole in the World, And What We’ve Learned …


Russia’s Kola superdeep Borehole

“there’s water down there” (1:44 mins)


Owen Sound Sun Times

Opinion: Questions about aggregate storage proposal for Owen Sound harbour


Christy Hempel


Cornerstone Standards Council

CSC lays the foundation for responsible aggregates – over 2,000 comments received




Republic of Mining

Holcim-Lafarge cement mega-merger to be felt in Canada


Nicolas Van Praet


MSN News

Cement makers Holcim, Lafarge to merge




CBC News

Lack of quarry rule enforcement frustrates northwest landowners


- Lappe Gravel Pit (4:04 mins)


CBC News Ottawa

Residents petition against Kemptville gravel pit


Proposed 121 acre sand & gravel pit



Organization seeks higher standards for the aggregates industry


Jonathan Migneault

- Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC)


Orangeville Citizen

Melville pit proposal said bad for Orangeville


Jordan Nunziato


Ottawa Citizen

Braeside residents celebrate quarry appeal decision (with video)

Gemma Karstens-Smith

- asphalt plant

- Opponents fight expansion so far for 7 yrs


Orangeville Banner

Letter: Better legislation needed to govern quarries


Christina Wigle


Orangeville Banner

Letter:  Is another gravel pit necessary?

Gerard Morrison, Alton



Caledon Enterprise

CAMP sets up to oppose Melville pit


Matthew Strader


Tillsonburg News

Company fined for operating pit


- MNR relies on tips to catch violations


Amusing Planet

The Poisonous Blue Lagoon of Harpur Hill, Buxton, England


- despite danger signs poisonous water attracts tourists


CBC News

Woolwich's 'kissing' bridge landscape spared from gravel pit




Orangeville Citizen

Area residents unhappy at prospect of 200-acre pit near Melville


Bill Rea


Ontario Environmental Registry

EBR #011-9462

Yves Roy, Pebble Beach Aggregate

Comment by 9-Aug-2013


Ontario Environmental Registry


622117 Ontario Inc. (Jim Brown & Sons Trucking)

Comment by 8-Jul-2013



OMB Decision re: proposed Aikenville gravel pit (.pdf)

EBR #010-4536

Issue Date:  Jan. 19, 2010

Decision Date:  Jun 20, 2013

Official plan and zoning by-law amendments are not in the public interest


Citizen Action Monitor

Southern Ontario residents quick to organize in response to “Hidden Quarry” proposal

Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC)

- open gravel pit and quarry proposed by James Dick Construction for Rockwood

- Township of Guelph-Eramosa



Carlisle quarry proposal is dead


Daniel Nolan, Hamilton Spectator


Wellington Advertiser

Lever elected chair of gravel producing municipalities

Dennis Lever replaces Marolyn Morrison as Chair of Top Aggregate Producing Municipalities in Ontario (TAPMO)


Wellington Advertiser

Puslinch mayor elected to chair of Ontario's top aggregate municipalities


- Dennis Lever, TAPMO


Daily Commercial News

Two Ontario aggregate advocacy groups merge

- Aggregate Forum Ontario (AFO)

- Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate (SERA)

Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC)


Blog:  The True Financial Cost Of An Aggregate Pit

Jeff Broomfield



For more information:

Ontario Environmental Registry – (formerly


For industry information, see these sources: 

Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA)

Ontario Road Builders Association

Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) – voluntary aggregate standards

The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC)


Grassroots Associations

·         Burlington area - (Tyandaga Environmental Coalition)

·         Caledon area –

·         Cambridge area – (Concerned Residents Association of North Dumfries)

·         Melancthon area – (North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce)

·         Melville area – (Citizens Against Melville Pit (CAMP))


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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.













1 hectare (ha) = 2.47105 acres

1 km2 = 100 hectares (ha)

Cdn football field = 150 yards long by 65 yards wide or 9,750 square yards or 87,750 sq ft = 2.01 acres

US football field = 360’ long by 160 wide or 57,600 square feet = 1.32 acres



Why do we need limestone mining? - Calcite and dolomite (a magnesium-rich limestone), when heated and in some cases slurried or combined with salt, are used in making many everyday products such as paper, glass, paint and varnish, soap and detergents, textiles, refractories, baking powder, and pharmaceuticals, including milk of magnesia and bicarbonate of soda. Finely ground, they are used to control coal mine dust, to collect sulfur dioxide from power plant exhaust, to sweeten soils, and as ingredients in fertilizer and stock feeds, to name a few. Limestone is used extensively in Michigan to refine beet sugar.  When burned in a kiln to drive off gases, calcite and dolomite form burnt lime. Among the uses for burnt lime, in addition to steel making, are water and sewage treatment, acid waste neutralization, and road base stabilization. Crushed calcite and dolomite are used in concrete, road construction, building materials, and as a filler in asphalt.  List of limestone mining operations in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.


Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth