Welcome to the Surrendered Sites Reporting and Mapping Tool. This application will allow for easy access to geographic information and the end use of former aggregate licences and permits across the province while maintaining landowner privacy.
One of the main purposes of the Trust is education, training, publishing and dissemination of the information on aggregate management. The Surrendered Sites Reporting and Mapping Tool will bridge communication and informational gaps between the aggregate industry and the public by communicating the end use/ rehabilitation of pits and quarries across Ontario. Specific information will be provided on a site-by-site basis detailing the surrendered licence or permit number, the date surrendered, the status, operation type, licenced/ permitted area, locational information, current and surrounding land uses as well as a photographic record. The Surrendered Sites Reporting and Mapping Tool will provide a more complete understanding of the end-use of former pits and quarries and has potential to be used to support research initiatives and as an educational tool.
It should be understood that there might be gaps in this data as information is retired according to retention schedules and TOARC has done its best to find and combine data from multiple sources. It should be recognized that the Aggregate Resources Act was enacted in 1990 as amended from the Pits and Quarries Control Act (1971), consequently, this database covers a large temporal scale where standards, policy, procedures and regulations have changed. The user should also recognize that the information in this database on current and surrounding land usage is only reflective of the land usage on the date of the TOARC visit. That is, the land-use may have changed since the Surrender date as the decision of the land post surrender are not subject to the ARA and are a decision of the landowner.
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Surrendered aggregate licences and permits are licenced/permitted sites that are no longer extracted from, have been rehabilitated as per the site plan, and where the licence/ permit have been relinquished by the licencee/ permittee.
The Surrender Online Reporting Tool was created to provide the public with information on the end-use of aggregate pits and quarries in the province while respecting the right to privacy of the individual landowners.
Information was collected from site visits/field verifications, site plans, and MNRF and TOARC databases. Site visits began in the summer of 2015 and are continually underway as more sites are surrendered. The 'current land use' and 'surrounding land use' are a snap shot of the time when TOARC staff visited the site and may not be representative of the time of surrender.
The Surrender Online Reporting Tool will help parties to:
A licence is required to extract aggregate from private land and a permit is required on Crown land.
The licence/ permit holders are responsible for the rehabilitation of active pits and quarries. Rehabilitation must be completed as described on the approved site plan for the licence/ permit.
When a person applies for a licence/ permit they must apply under the Aggregate Resources Act. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will review the full application including the final and progressive rehabilitation plans. The decision is made by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry with consultations from the public, Conservation Authorities, Municipalities, aboriginal communities, etc.
Progressive rehabilitation is a way of rehabilitating extracted areas of aggregate sites while the licence/permit is still active. Once an area has been extracted the licensee/permittee moves to the next stage of extraction and the current extracted area is then rehabilitated. Progressive and final rehabilitation is required under the Aggregate Resources Act.
Sites were located based on the best information available. Sites were identified in the office using a combination of resources such as; UTM coordinates, property information, GIS data, site plans, and air photos. Then landowners were contacted for further verification.
Inventories were conducted on the extracted area. Extracted areas are generally easier to estimate when ground truthing and for landowners to identify. In most cases, the licenced/permitted area boundaries were not available as many of the licences/permits were over 20 years old and the retention period of information had expired.
There may be a few reasons why the site does not appear to be rehabilitated on Google Earth. Often Google Earth imagery is a couple of years old, therefore, you might not have an up to date image on the sites current state. The site may also be slated for development, for further resource extraction, or for some other use. These types of sites may not require final rehabilitation until future land use/development has been confirmed.
In consideration of the significant temporal period covered by eSurrender it includes sites that were regulated under the previous legislation of the Pits and Quarries Control Act (PQCA) (1970) which had different standards, policy, procedures and regulations compared to the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) (1990). These changes may affect the physical nature of the individual sites and an acceptable site surrendered in 1985 may look different then a 2017 standard. In addition, if a site that was licenced or permitted under the PQCA but surrendered when the ARA was enacted in 1990, the site would follow the standards and guidelines regulated in the PQCA.
The site boundaries on the Surrender Online Reporting Tool represents the licenced/ permitted area boundary obtained from the MNRF. In cases where information on the licence/ permit boundary were not available, the site boundary represents an estimation of the extracted area obtained from field verifications.
The location pin may not be in the right location if the site has not been visited yet/verified or if the site location is unknown. For sites that have been visited, pins should be accurate. However, if the site location has been estimated it is possible that the site was not accurately identified. If you have information regarding the correct location of a pit, please contact us so we can update it!
There may be a couple of reasons that your site may not be on the Surrender Online Reporting Tool. One reason is that the site you are looking for may be an active licence or permit or may be a legacy pit or quarry. Another reason is that we may not have had enough information to locate the site as most of our information was obtained from the MNRF and they only keep records for ten years after a site is surrendered. But! If you have information on the location of a site as well as the corresponding site identification number, please contact TOARC so that we can provide the most complete information to you!
Final rehabilitation must be completed as approved on the site plan of the licence/ permit. However, once a site is surrendered by MNRF, the landowner may choose to change the land use on the private land as long as it is in accordance with Municipal by-laws.
TOARC began visiting the surrendered sites in 2015, many of the aggregate sites had been surrendered prior to these site visits. Consequently, all the site visits are just a snap shot in time. For example the site may have been rehabilitated to a meadow as described in the site plan in 2007, but with TOARC staff visited the site in 2017 it had been ten years since the surrender and the land use may have changed to a commercial development as the land post surrender is not subject to the ARA. The pins for each site will show the surrender date along with the site visit date for the user to recognize how long it has been since the licence/ permit was surrendered.
Site visits have been taking place since the summer of 2015 and will continue until our list of surrendered sites are visited. As new ones are added each year staff will continue to update the database. The majority of sites in southern Ontario will be visited by 2019. Northern sites will may take longer to visit due to remoteness and lack of access.
The Ontario government has more information about aggregate resources at https://www.ontario.ca/page/aggregate-resources. You can also find information on OSSGA's publication page, https://www.ossga.com/publications/.
We have more information about legacy sites on the Management of Abandoned Aggregates Properties program (MAAP) portion of our website, http://www.toarc.com/maap-1/about-maap.html
Information on the licence or permit holder, size, operation type, and maximum annual tonnage limit can be found using the Ministry of Natural Resources Pits and Quarries Online Tool. https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/find-pits-and-quarries
The date which the MNRF approved of the licence/ permit.
The date which the MNRF approved of a licence/ permit surrender.
Surrendered: sites are sites that are no longer used for aggregate extraction and have had their licence / permit 'surrendered' by the MNRF.
Data Review Required: TOARC is currently evaluating the site and will update the status to Surrendered once it has been confirmed. In some cases TOARC may have data reporting that the site number has been surrendered when the site has actually been amalgamated, or reallocated. Amalgamated sites are sites where the licence/ permit has been surrendered and the site has been merged with a surrounding site or sites under a new or existing licence/ permit. Reallocated sites are sites where a new licence/ permit has replaced the existing license or permit. The reporting tool currently does not include sites that have been amalgamated or reallocated.
A surrendered site may have been operated as a pit or a quarry. Pits contain loose materials such as sand and gravel, while quarries contain bedrock, such as limestone and granite.
Sites can have been operated as a Class A licence, a Class B licence, or as a permit. Class A licences allow for removal of more than 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from private land. Class B licences allow for removal of up to 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from private land. Aggregate permits allow for operation of a pit or quarry on Crown land.
The area, in hectares, covered by the licence/ permit. 1 ha= 2.47acre
The licence location can be known, estimated, or unknown. A known location refers to sites where TOARC had knowledge to accurately identify the location of the former aggregate site. An estimated location means that TOARC was able to identify a possible site location based on prior knowledge of the former site. An unknown pit location refers to sites where TOARC was unable to be identify the location based on the information received.
Visited: Site was visited and inventoried by TOARC staff.
Visit Required: Site has not been visited yet by TOARC staff.
Visit Attempted: TOARC staff attempted to visit the surrendered site and was unable to access the site or verify its location at that time.
During site visits the land-use of former aggregate sites were classified as either residential, natural, open space, industrial, institutional, commercial, agricultural, water, or recreational. The sites were then further classified into the sub-classes listed below.
During site visits the land-use of the surrounding area was classified as either residential, natural, open space, industrial, institutional, commercial, agricultural, water, or recreational.
|Current Land Use Category||Sub-Classification||Key|
Category for vegetated, terrestrial ecosystem maintained by environmental disturbances, not by human influence.
|Cultural Thicket||Land dominated by shrub species (more than 25%) and having less than 25% tree coverage (woody species greater than 5 m)|
|Woodland||Land with tree coverage (woody species greater than 5m) in amounts typically between 25% and 60%.|
|Forest||Land with tree coverage above 60%|
|Meadow/Grassland/Prairie||Land vegetated primarily with grasses, herbs, and other non-woody plants, less than 25% shrub species, and less than 25% tree species|
Category for vegetated, terrestrial ecosystem maintained through anthropogenic disturbances.
|Natural||Ditch or unmaintained lawn.|
|Maintained||Manicured lawn, maintained garden, and maintained treed area|
|Sand/Stone/Gravel||Land containing exposed sand, stone, or gravel|
|Bedrock||Land containing exposed bedrock|
|Roadway, Trail, Railway||Land used for the movement of people, animal, or goods from one location to another|
|Storage||Significant area of land used primarily for long term storage|
|Waste||Significant area of land used primarily for storing waste|
Category for land used to produce food and goods through farming practices.
|Orchard/Vineyard||Land used for grapevine cultivation and, or, fruit crop cultivation|
|Livestock||Land used for animal cultivation.|
|Pasture||Land dedicated to growing low-lying vegetation for grazing animals.|
|Field Crops||Large field area dedicated to cultivation of vegetation for human consumption (e.g., vegetables) or agricultural purposes (e.g., hay or grain).|
|Aquaculture||Land dedicated to farming aquatic organisms|
|Tree Farm||Land used for cultivating trees|
|Unclassified||Land used for other agricultural purposes|
Category for land that is either permanently flooded or periodically and seasonally inundated with water.
|Lake||An area of land within a basin inundated with water and surrounded by land that serves to feed or drain the lake|
|Pond||Body of isolated standing water, typically smaller than a lake, in which water accumulates from rain and snow melt or is naturally spring-fed, and where wetland and aquatic plant species are present.|
|Storm water Management||Pond designed to capture water run-off in developed areas where flooding can occur because of impermeable substrates|
|Wetland||An area of land that is seasonally or permanently flooded by water that characteristically contains vegetation that grow in hydric soils|
|Watercourse||Stream or river connected to neighbouring waterways|
Category for land used for purposes or activities that provide enjoyment to people when they are not working.
|Sports Facility||Privately owned sports field, arena, or court|
|Golf Course||Public or privately-owned golf course.|
|Private Park||Privately owned park, sports field, or playground|
|Public Park||Municipally owned park, sports field, or playground|
|Conservation Area||Land that has protected status to ensure the preservation of natural features, cultural heritage, or biota; may be nature reserve, parkland, or other area maintained by Ontario Conservation Authorities.|
|Heritage Institutions/ Performing Arts||Establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value, or establishments primarily engaged in producing, or organizing and promoting, live presentations that involve the performances of actors and actresses, singers, dancers, musical groups and artists, athletes and other entertainers.|
|Private General||Recreational area located on personally-owned land.|
Category for land used by an establishment, association, or foundation that is funded and united for a specific purpose.
|School||Land used for a public or private educational facility|
|Library||Establishments primarily engaged in providing library or archive services|
|Government Office/Civic Building||Federal, provincial, or municipal properties and buildings used to provide public services|
|Religious Buildings||This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating religious organizations for religious worship, training or study; administering an organized religion; or promoting religious activities|
|Healthcare Facility||Establishments primarily engaged in providing health care by diagnosis and treatment, providing residential care for medical and social reasons, and providing social assistance, such as counselling, welfare, child protection, community housing and food services, vocational rehabilitation and child care, to those requiring such assistance|
Category for land that is typically zoned residential, is primarily used for housing, and has existing residences or established residential lots.
|Single Family Housing||Land used for single-family dwellings, detached homes and other free-standing residential buildings built on property that is divided into defined lots|
|Multi-Family Housing||Land used for dwellings that contain multiple, separate housing units, including semi-detached homes, apartments, condominiums, senior developments, and townhouses|
|Rural||Land in a low-density area that is zoned "rural" and typically has a single-detached home on several acres of agricultural, open space, or wooded land|
Category for land used for the buying and selling of goods and/or services by commercial businesses.
|Professional/Financial Services||Land on which professional or financial services are sold|
|Grocery/Retail||Land on which food and other general goods are sold|
|Food Services/Drinking Places||Land on which prepared food, beverages, and dining services are sold|
|Accommodation Services||Land on which temporary accommodation and related services are sold|
Category for land used for the manufacturing and production of goods.
|Office||Land on which business, clerical, and/or professional duties are carried out|
|Waste Disposal||Land used for a waste disposal site, landfill, recycling centre, compost facility, or similar activity|
|Utilities/Public Infrastructure||Establishments primarily engaged in operating electric, gas and water utilities.|
|Natural Resource Extraction||Establishments primarily engaged in extracting naturally occurring minerals, harvesting timber, harvesting fish and other animals from their natural habitats, and providing related support activities|
|General Industries||Land with a variety of uses ranging from light manufacturing to heavy manufacturing plants|
The land cover classes consist of vegetation types (such as forest, wetlands, and agricultural crops or pasture) and categories of non-vegetated surface (such as waterbodies, bedrock outcrops, or settlements). The data reflects the nature of the land surface rather than the land use. For example, provincial parks are not discriminated as areas of recreational land use, but are mapped as part of the provincial mosaic of waterbodies, forest types, wetlands, and other cover classes.
Description of the Land Cover Classes
1. WATER: All waterbodies, both deep/clear and shallow/sedimented.
2. COASTAL MUDFLATS: Unvegetated coastal areas of the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands, partly submerged at high tide.
3. COASTAL MARSH: Coastal marshes of the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowland lying inland of the Coastal Mudflats, including intertidal and supertidal marshes (Marsh classes and subject to only exceptionally high tides)
4. FRESHWATER COASTAL MARSH/ INLAND MARSH: Coastal marshes of the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowland lying beyond the area of saltwater influence; marshes occurring along lakeshores; Southern Ontario inland marshes characterized by a range of moisture conditions: seasonal marshes, flooded in spring but often dry by fall, that may appear flooded more deeply than other types of inland marsh; cattail marshes that appear generally drier than the flooded seasonal marshes; and grassy meadow marshes which appear generally drier than either the seasonal marshes or cattail marshes.
5. SWAMP: Hardwood swamps of Southern Ontario occurring along rivers and in old lake beds and other low-lying areas; includes thicket swamps in Northern Ontario; Swamps with dense conifer tree or shrub cover occurring mainly in Southern Ontario.
6. FEN/BOG: Non-treed grassy fens; fens with open pools occurring most extensively in the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands; bogs of the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowland that have a high proportion of open water surface (termed "string bogs"); Fens with dense shrub cover and tamarack tree cover occurring generally in the province but most extensively in the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands; Non-treed bog that may have a partial cover of stunted trees occurring generally in the province but most extensively in the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands, where it also includes lichen-rich peat plateau; Bog with a low to high density of tree cover. There is expected to be some degree of overlap between densely treed bog and sparse conifer forest in more northerly parts of the province and especially in the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands.
7. TUNDRA HEATH: Areas of dense ericaceous vegetation occurring on better-drained areas only in the Hudson Bay coastal zone.
8. DENSE FOREST: Largely continuous forest canopy (Greater than 60%); includes dense conifer swamp in the Hudson Bay-James Bay Lowlands.
9. PLANTATION FOREST: Tree plantations occurring in evenly spaced rows, mainly in Southern Ontario. This class does not include artificially regenerated cutovers or burns in Northern Ontario.
10. SPARSE FOREST: Patchy or sparse forest canopy (i.e. approximately 30 to 60 percent canopy closure).
11. CUTOVERS and CLEARINGS: Forest clear-cuts or vegetation clearing composed of early successional or understory species
12. BURNS: Area composed of mostly dead forest or vegetation due to a burn, natural or anthropogenic.
13. FOREST REGENERATION: Densely planted or naturally growing trees less than 5 meters in height.
14. MINE TAILINGS AND BEDROCK OUTCROPS: Clearings for mining activity scattered in all parts of the province; aggregate quarries occurring mainly in Southern Ontario; bedrock outcrops.
15. SETTLEMENT AND DEVELOPED LAND: Clearings for human settlement, economic activity, and transportation, not including green space
16. MAINTAINED WOODLAND: Highly landscaped woodlands. Characterized by > 10% tree (< 5 meters) cover
17. MAINTAINED GRASSLAND: Highly landscaped grassland, shrubs, and gardens with less than 10% tree cover (trees > 5 meters)
18. PASTURE AND ABANDONED FIELDS: Grassland recently disturbed by animal and anthropogenic forces.
19. CROPLAND: Row crops mapped in Southern Ontario; hay or open soil in areas of agricultural land use.
20. ALVAR: Homogeneous areas of dry grassland growing on thin soils over a limestone substrate, mapped only where they occur in clusters in the central and eastern portions of Southern Ontario.
21. THICKET: Largely deciduous shrub cover and alder thicket swamps.
22. NATURAL GRASSLAND/MEADOW/PRAIRIE: Open grassland/meadow mostly undisturbed by recent animal and anthropogenic activity.
23. BARE SAND, GRAVEL, STONE: Bare soil due to anthropogenic or natural forces. Aggregate Pits, heavy erosion etc.
24. UNCLASSIFIED: Small local areas where no classification data could be generated because clouds and their shadows obscured the land surface on the satellite image data.