Drain Bros. Excavating Limited - Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

Instrument type: Issuance of a licence to remove over 20,000 tonnes of aggregate annually from a pit or a quarry

ERO number
Notice type
Aggregate Resources Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
March 16, 2020 - May 4, 2020 (49 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

This notice was updated on May 10th, 2024 to advise the public that there has been no change to the status of the proposal and it is still being considered. No additional opportunity for comment is being provided for at this time.

This consultation was open from:

March 16, 2020
to May 4, 2020

Proposal summary

Drain Bros. Excavating Limited has applied for a licence to operate a quarry below the water table, to excavate aggregate from a 20.4 hectare site in the Township of Belmont-Havelock-Methuen.

Location details

Site location details

Pt. Lots 7 & 8, Concession 4 in the Geographic Township of Belmont, Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen in the County of Peterborough.

The site is located 5.5 kilometers East of Havelock, North of Highway 7, immediately East of the boundary of the existing ‘Havelock’ Quarry (ARA license No. 3350).

A link showing sites licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act is provided: ontario.ca - find pits and quarries.

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Drain Bros. Excavating Limited
8th Line Road North
Douro-Dummer, ON
K0L 2H0

Proposal details

Proposal updates

This notice was originally published on March 16, 2020 for a 45-day comment period ending April 30, 2020. The notice was republished on April 3, 2020 to extend the deadline to submit comments by May 4, 2020.

Instrument details

Drain Bros. Excavating Limited has applied for a Class A licence (Category 2 – Quarry Below Water) to excavate aggregate from a quarry of 20.4 hectares (ha) in size with an extraction area of 12.8 hectares.  This application is for the establishment of a new quarry. The maximum annual tonnage applied for is 200,000 tonnes. If the application is successful, Drain Bros. will apply to reduce the annual tonnage of the existing quarry from 1,250,000 to 1,050,000, so there will be no increase to the overall amount of material removed.

Other information

The extraction of aggregate from a pit or quarry on private land designated by regulation, in the Province of Ontario, requires the issuance of a licence.  The Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards Version 1 (Provincial Standards) sets out the application process and requirements.   A link to the Provincial Standards for proposed pits and quarries is provided in the notice.

For each new licence, the applicant must provide information (site plan, summary statement, technical reports) with respect to the existing features, operation and rehabilitation of the site to demonstrate that the proposed operation will minimize adverse impact on the environment. This information is prepared in accordance with the category being applied for under the Provincial Standards.

For this proposal, the following are available for viewing at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry office listed below:

  • Site plan
  • Summary Statement
  • Natural Environment Report (Level 1 and 2)
  • Cultural Heritage Report (Archaeological Assessment Stage 1 and 2)
  • Hydrogeological Report (Level 1 and 2)
  • Noise Assessment Report (Noise Impact Analysis)
  • Blast Design Report (Blast Impact Assessment)

The Site Plan addresses existing features of the pit and/or quarry area (existing natural features and land use on and surrounding the site within 120 meters); the proposed operation (shape, dimensions, area and depth to be excavated, method of extraction); and progressive and final rehabilitation.

The Summary Statement includes information on one or more of the following considerations:  land use planning, agricultural classification, quality and quantity of aggregate, haul routes, truck traffic and entrance permits, progressive and final rehabilitation, surface water, and elevation of the established groundwater table.

The Natural Environment report determines the presence of significant natural heritage features/areas and fish habitat and ensures that any necessary preventative, mitigative or remedial measures are undertaken for their protection. A Level 1 report identifies if the features are on-site or within 120 meters of the site.  If features are identified, then an impact assessment (Natural Environment Level 2 report) is prepared to determine any negative impacts on the natural features or ecological functions, and any proposed preventative, mitigative or remedial measures.

The purpose of a Cultural Heritage Resources report is to ensure that significant archaeological resources are identified, assessed for their significance, and protected (preserved or collected).

A Hydrogeological Level 1 report is a preliminary evaluation to determine the final extraction depth relative to the established groundwater table(s) and the potential for adverse effects to groundwater and surface water resources and their uses.  If the Level 1 report identifies a potential adverse effect resulting from the operation, then an impact assessment (Level 2 report) is required to determine the significance of the effect and the feasibility of mitigation.

A Noise Assessment report is prepared if extraction and/or processing facilities are within 150 meters (for pit applications) or 500 meters (for quarry applications) of a sensitive receptor defined by the Provincial Standards.  The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

A Blast Design report is prepared if a sensitive receptor, defined by the Provincial Standards, is based within 500 metres of the limit of extraction for a quarry application.  The report is required to determine whether provincial guidelines can be satisfied.

Comments received through the Environmental Registry should not be construed as an objection under the Aggregate Resources Act in accordance with section 4.0 – Notification and Consultation Standards of the Provincial Standards 1.0 under the Aggregate Resources Act.  To be considered as a formal objector, individuals need to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry person specified on this notice to determine how to submit an objection.

Public consultation opportunities

As specified in the Aggregate Resources Act, written notice concerning this application was sent to landowners within 120 meters of the proposed licensed boundary; an information sign, giving notice to the public of this application, was erected at the proposed site; and a Notice of Application appeared in the local paper, the Community Press, on January 30, 2020.  A public information session was held on February 27, 2020 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Asphodel-Norwood Community Center (Millennium Room) located at 88 Alma Street, Norwood, ON K0L 2V0.

The application for this licence is being circulated within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Peterborough District office.  Additionally, notification of this application has been forwarded to Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks, Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, County of Peterborough, and the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority for comment.

Supporting materials

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Some supporting materials may not be available online. If this is the case, you can request to view the materials in person.

Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

MNRF - ROD - DDB - Aggregates Section

300 Water Street, 4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7


Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from March 16, 2020
to May 4, 2020

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Rose Copland

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MNRF - ROD - Integrated Aggregate Operations Section

300 Water Street
4th Floor, South tower
Peterborough, ON
K9J 3C7

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