Public Notice


Aggregate Extraction Project on Albion Road, Ottawa – Public Comments Invited


June 19, 2020 – After obtaining approval from Transport Canada, the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) granted a lease to Thomas Cavanaugh Construction Limited to complete an aggregate extraction project. The OMCIAA must determine whether the proposed aggregate extraction project, located at 4788 Albion Road, in the geographic Township of Gloucester, City of Ottawa, is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this determination, the OMCIAA is inviting comments from the public regarding the project. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Impact Assessment Registry website: For additional information, the OMCIAA website may also be consulted for additional information at


Written comments must be submitted by July  23, 2020 to:


Delroy Brown

1000 Airport Parkway Private, Suite 2500

Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9B4


The Proposed Project

Aggregate Extraction – Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

The project site, 4788 Albion Road is zoned ME [527r]-h which permits mineral extraction operations in areas mainly designated as Sand and Gravel Resource Area or Limestone Resource Area in the Official Plan, and also allows a limited range of permitted uses which are related to or compatible with mineral extraction operations. This proposal would permit the establishment of a sand and gravel operation on a federally owned property that is part of the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) lands. The property is located at 4788 Albion Road, in the geographic Township of Gloucester, City of Ottawa.

The property has an area of 63 hectares, with a proposed extraction area of approximately 33.8 hectares. Sand and gravel would be mined from above the water table, with the proposed annual tonnage limit of 250,000 tonnes. With a total estimated resource volume of 2.9 million tonnes, and based on market demand estimates, the life span of the pit is expected to be approximately 5-10 years.

The pit operations will include a weighscale and scalehouse, fuel storage, and an aggregate recycling/reprocessing area located close to the pit entrance. This area will also be used for stockpiling and processing of aggregates. Processing equipment will include loaders, dump trucks, portable crushing and screening equipment, conveyors, draglines and excavators. 

Access to the site will be from Albion Road. The proposed hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be no operations on weekends or on civic holidays.

Rehabilitation will be undertaken progressively, with the final land use plan to restore the extracted area to natural environment and agricultural after uses. Careful consideration and planning will be integral to the design of the operations and the rehabilitation of the pit, to minimize impacts. 

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