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Oxford municipalities welcome the right to have a say in where landfills are located

Proposed EA Act amendment would allow host and neighbouring municipalities to support or reject the location of new landfills 

Oxford’s Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee applauds a proposed amendment to the Environmental Assessment Act that will allow host municipalities to either support or reject the location of new landfills as outlined in Ontario’s Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, a right further extended to all municipalities within 3.5 kilometres of a proposed site. This is a significant development for local efforts for communities to have a say in the future of our communities.

Through a news release on July 8, Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey expressed thanks to Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman (Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs), Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The release also spoke to work by Ingersoll Council in creating the Demand the Right Coalition of Ontario Municipalities to advocate that the wishes of municipal governments and their citizens be respected for all new landfills anywhere in the province. Read the full news release

Zorra Township Mayor Marcus Ryan also expressed thanks to Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman and Minister Yurek. The Mayor’s response explains that the Township would be seeking legal opinion and clarification from the Ministry of Environment, Parks and Conservation, while at the same time continuing its diligence through the draft Environmental Assessment process with the Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee and the Peer Review Team. Read the full statement

South-West Oxford Mayor David Mayberry thanked the Province of Ontario for its leadership on and advised that the municipality is working to better understand the implications of the legislation and how it will meet the needs of Ontario communities. Read the full news release

For more information on the response of Oxford’s municipalities to the Southwestern Landfill Proposal visit

More information

Government of Ontario - Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 (July 8, 2020)

Statement from Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman: Ontario Fulfilling Commitment to Give Municipalities Say Over Landfill Locations (July 9, 2020)

Township of Zorra: Zorra Council Response to Environmental Assessment Act Amendments (July 9, 2020)

Town of Ingersoll: Media Release regarding Landfill legislation (July 8, 2020)

Township of South-West Oxford: South-West Oxford Council Response to Environmental Assessment Act Amendments (July 9, 2020)


The Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee (JMCC), established in 2013, is made up of the heads of Council and CAOs of Zorra Township, the Town of Ingersoll, Township of South-West Oxford and Oxford County, the municipalities most directly affected by the proposal to build a large-scale landfill in Zorra Township. The committee was formed to oversee a sound professional peer review of the information and research contained in the environmental assessment for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill proposal.

The Peer Review team is made up of 19 experts covering more than 20 discipline areas that will be considered in the proposal’s environmental assessment, including air quality, noise, water quality/hydrogeology, groundwater, land use, legal, traffic, agriculture, the natural environment, human health, culture, social impact and other issues that have the potential to affect quality of life for residents and the local ecosystem.

The JMCC peer review process has been ongoing since the commencement of the Environmental Assessment for the Southwestern Landfill in 2013. To date, the JMCC has reviewed and commented on the draft Terms of Reference, the Alternative Methods Interim Report, the draft Environmental Assessment Updated Work Plans, the draft Land Use Planning Forecast, and the final Environmental Assessment technical work plans.

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Tommasina Conte | Oxford County
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