Mississauga, Ont. - Lafarge Canada Inc., Caledon Pit, receives the 2022 Progressive Rehabilitation Award from the Ontario Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (OSSGA). The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of individual operators to progressively rehabilitate their sites per their site plans.

Between April 2021 and September 2022, Lafarge rehabilitated 6.6 hectares of the Caledon Pit floor and 0.7 hectares of slope in Concession 3. Crews used onsite overburden material to slope the exhausted faces at a 3:1 ratio as per its site plan, after which 50,000 cubic metres of onsite overburden and topsoil was applied and the area was seeded with a Pasture/Paddock Horse Mix (26lbs/acre), Grass Seed Contractor Mix (8lbs/acre), and whole oats (18lbs/acre).

“We are honored to accept these Industry Recognition Awards from OSSGA, highlighting the results of our business’ commitment to building better cities and enhancing the environment in and around our operations,” says Peter Sanguineti, Vice President- Aggregates, Lafarge Canada (East). “Thank you to the team at Lafarge Canada that continues to put in the work towards excellent community relations, customer satisfaction, and leading our sustainability transformation on our path to Net Zero.”

As of November 2022, the self-sustainable grass had started to green up on the slopes. Since its last OSSGA Progressive Rehabilitation Award submission in 2011, the site has successfully rehabilitated 140 hectares within 497 hectares of its extractable area.

“OSSGA promotes excellence among its members by encouraging them to efficiently run their operations, responsibly manage the land they work on, and actively participate in and contribute to their communities,” says Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “The 2022 Industry Recognition Award winners have surpassed OSSGA’s expectation in fulfilling those objectives.”

OSSGA is a non-profit industry association representing over 280 sand, gravel and crushed stone producers and suppliers of valuable industry products and services. Collectively, our members produce a large majority of the approximately 164 million tonnes of aggregate consumed annually on average in the province to build and maintain Ontario’s infrastructure needs. OSSGA works in partnership with government and the public to promote a safe and competitive aggregate industry contributing to the creation of strong communities in the province.