Distribution of Existing Licences to Mine Aggregate:
the Caledon Village to Belfountain Corridor

Many of the properties in the Licence Distribution Map below have increased their operations over the years, beyond the acreage requested in their original proposals to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Amendments to licences are controlled by regulatory bodies which do not require the mandatory public consultation process that is basic to getting a licence in the first place. Once a licence is obtained, evaluation and approval of amendments are not subject to the relatively stringent requirements of the original. It's not surprising that most amendments to extend operations slip under the radar.

The aggregate licences map below shows many pits holding the same licence number which were added as an extension to original licences - a much simpler regulatory process.

Click here for the pdf map below, then click to access the zoom function and continue to click for the best view.
 Aggregate Mining Map

The licences are held by a number of different gravel companies. Some are Canadian. Others are multinationals or subsidiaries of multinational aggregate companies.

Over the years the Ministry of Natural Resources has issued 21 pit licences and 1 quarry licence that allow aggregate extraction [i.e. sand/gravel/dolomite] in the Town of Caledon.

  • Of these 21 pit licences 13 are in the Caledon Village to Erin (the town line) corridor.
    The 7 licences that allow below the watertable extraction are all in this corridor.
  • Each licence in this corridor created one pit.
    Over time, 5 of the licences were amended to create 10 more pits.
  • As a result, today there are 23 pits in this corridor. Fourteen of these pits are entitled to extract below the watertable.

The Town of Caledon continues to produce all the aggregate in Peel Region in Ontario. This past year, 2014-2015, Caledon produced 3,957,949.01 tonnes of aggregate. That's 376,029 tonnes more than last year.
[1 (metric) tonne = 1.1023 tons]

The statistics [2014: June 2014-June 2015] show that Caledon remains among the top ten aggregate producing municipality in Ontario retaining the 8th place - the same rank as last year. 

The top ten municipalities ranked in order of licenced production for 2014/15 are #1 City of Ottawa, #2 Town of Milton (Halton), #3 City of Kawartha Lakes, #4 Municipality of Clarington (Durham), #5 City of Hamilton, #6 Township of Zorra (Oxford, #7 Township of North Dunfries (Waterloo), #8 Town of Caledon (Peel), #9 Severn Township (Simcoe), #10 Town of Uxbridge Durham.

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