Human activity has left contaminated sites throughout Canada. Since 1989 CCME has developed and maintains guidelines and tools for contaminated site management, with the driver being human health and ecological risks.
CCME’s current priority is to develop tools to assist jurisdictions with contaminated site assessment and management issues and evaluating how to best manage priority contaminants. This includes developing site-specific guidance tools (e.g., guidance for contaminated site management in permafrost zones; guidance on the re-use of excess or treated soils); scoping work on climate change and sustainability issues as they impact management of contaminated sites; and completing and updating Canadian environmental quality guidelines for soil and groundwater for the protection of environmental and human health (e.g., for lead and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)).
The delivery of contaminated sites activities is coordinated by CCME's Contaminated Sites Working Group.
CCME’s resources on contaminated sites can be found here.