Brownfields are usually former industrial lands that are now vacant or underused but have the potential to be redeveloped for new uses. Brownfields may be contaminated due to past or present activities. Some examples are:
Left unmanaged, brownfields may pose risks to the environment and human health because of potential contaminants that may be found in the soil and groundwater as a result of past activities at the site.
Redeveloping brownfields is good for the environment. It reuses land to make way for new sustainable communities with houses, offices, schools and recreation centres close to public transportation and other services.
Redeveloping brownfield properties:
Ontario is continually taking action to ensure that brownfield sites are properly redeveloped to meet environmental and health standards and, therefore, can be used for other purposes. We invite you to explore the rest of this section to learn all about: