Encouraging Responsible Management
of Ontario's Aggregates
Ontario Aggregate Lobbyists and Industry Organizations
Aggregate Producers' Association of Ontario, registered
lobbyist group. See
registration with Ontario Office of the
The APAO web pages state
that its objective is "to be the single voice of the
aggregate industry with government to positively influence
legislation, regulation and policy to the benefit of the citizens
of Ontario, as well as the industry."
The Economist [March 8-14, 2003] says "Lobbying groups often
try to disguise a financial self interest by clumsily
dressing up their arguments in the guise of concern for the public."
Under the heading of Government
Affairs the APAO web pages list "political fundraising".
In other words, a highly organized and well funded group dedicated
to helping gravel pit operators.
The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation,
which is wholly owned by APAO.
APAO appoints all of TOARC's directors.
The Mineral Aggregates of Ontario Statistical Update 2000 states that
MNR took steps to build a partnership with private industry to
manage certain functions, by creating the trust that APAO/TOARC
APAO/TOARC collects and disburses the Ontario government
gravel haulage levy (tax of 6 cents per tonne, total
about $9 million per year).
APAO/TOARC administers government
funds intended to be used for pit rehabilitation.
MNR/APAO partnership. The partnership between
an aggregate lobby group (APAO) and the Provincial government (MNR), is
in Canada, with its interesting mix of government tax collection,
political fund raising, lobbying and
of this arrangement.
Management of Abandoned Aggregate Properties Program. This group
is a part of APAO. It is funded by APAO/TOARC from
provincial government money. Its web page says "The MAAP Program is
dedicated to the rehabilitation and research of abandoned aggregate pits
and quarries in areas of Ontario that are designated under the
Aggregate Resources Act."
Guelph and Waterloo Region Aggregate
Producers Association. Chairman is Malcolm Matheson of
Steed and Evans Ltd (pit on Kressler Rd, near Hawkesville).
Matheson says, "There are some very
big economic benefits to having some quality
aggregate close to your home."
The association makes
presentations to local township councils, promoting
the aggregate industry. In other words, another lobby