Tens of thousands of brownfield sites are located across Canada - redeveloping these sites will help improve the quality of air, soil, and water, increase property values, reduce health risks, and revitalize communities.
Local governments from across Canada have developed strategies, policies and incentives to catalyze brownfield redevelopment – successful cleanups and sustainable land reuse.
Check out the local governments who are taking steps to be municipal leaders in brownfield renewal. Each is a member of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN).
As a local government, you can join the CBN as a public sector member. Please contact the CBN to add your municipality’s logo to the webpage and receive all the benefits of being a member.
Learn how local governments in Canada can become municipal leaders from resources developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
FCM's Green Municipal Fund has developed a series of brownfield roadmaps to provide a detailed overview of the process for bringing contaminated or abandoned sites back into productive use in each province. Developed in close consultation with provincial and territorial governments, each roadmap provides an easy-to-follow path through three focus areas:
Process: the steps typically followed when redeveloping a brownfield site in Canada
Legislation: provincial/territorial laws and policy requirements associated with each step in the process
Funding: financial support and incentive programs available to municipalities and their partners (https://greenmunicipalfund.ca/resources/brownfield-roadmaps)
FCM’s LiBRE (Leadership in Brownfield Renewal) Framework is based on best practices observed in Canadian municipalities that have succeeded in catalyzing brownfield redevelopment. It consists of a series of seven key steps that municipalities should follow, and adapt for their local context, to become effective facilitators of brownfield redevelopment. Complete the steps in an order best suited for your community, whether following them one-by-one, undertaking several simultaneously, or building on work already accomplished. (https://greenmunicipalfund.ca/resources/guide-libre-best-practices-framework)
Other useful brownfield resources: https://canadianbrownfieldsnetwork.ca/resources/brownfield-resources