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Aggregates and Quarries

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. There are 24 licensed aggregate sites in Halton Region that produce in excess of 6 million tonnes of aggregate every year.

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.

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

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.