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Through managing our water and waste, and funding renewable energy, we support healthy and clean communities. 

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Glossary

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

To what does redevelopment refer?

Redevelopment options vary as much as brownfield types. Redevelopment opportunities depend on factors such as the type and extent of contamination, the land’s location and value, and the ability of the property owner, potential developer and municipality to agree on a vision for the site and receive the required provincial approvals.

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.


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