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Adverse effect

Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) defines “adverse effect” as impairment of or damage to the environment, human health or safety or property

Affected third party

Alberta’s Contaminated Sites Policy Framework indicates that an affected third party could include owners, lessees, and tenants of a neighbouring parcel, roadway, easement, or utility corridor that is likely or actually contaminated by the migration of a substance. This could include municipalities and/or the provincial government.

Resources for Municipalities

Funding Resources

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

The GMF provides grants of up to $175,000 to support community brownfield action plans, environmental site assessments and field tests. Low interest loans are available for site remediation, risk management and interim use projects. A combination of grants and loans is also available to support eligible capital projects.

Brownfield Regulations

Who regulates brownfields?

In Alberta, brownfields are primarily governed by provincial regulations. The federal government has generally refrained from regulating brownfields except in relation to federally owned (Crown) land.   Municipalities have the ability to adopt bylaws related to brownfields.

Redeveloping Brownfields

Decreases environmental risks related to contaminants leaching into groundwater, becoming airborne or entering the food web.Increased environmental risks related to contaminants leaching into groundwater, becoming airborne and entering the food web via animals that travel through the site.What does redevelopment refer to?

About Brownfields

What are brownfields?

According to amendments to the Municipal Government Act passed in 2016 a brownfield is a commercial or industrial property which is, or possibly is, contaminated; is vacant, derelict or under-utilized; and is suitable for development or redevelopment for the general benefit of the municipality.


Former gas station in the Town of Vegreville

Brownfields

More than 1,700 brownfields sit abandoned on main streets and in neighborhoods in almost every municipality across Alberta. These properties blight our landscapes, contaminate surrounding land and water, and are barriers to economic and social development.  

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