Client: The Corporation of the City of Oshawa
Location: Former Oshawa Harbour


Biggest Hurdle: Multiple Stakeholders

XCG was retained to assist the City of Oshawa (City) in reviewing environmental clean-up strategies presented by the Crown, as represented by Transport Canada, at the former Oshawa Harbour prior to the acquisition of approximately 19.4 hectares (48 acres) of land.

On behalf of The City, XCG reviewed previous environmental reports available for the period from 2002 to 2010, evaluated Crown plans to remediate the west wharf, evaluated Crown plans to remediate portions of the property and evaluated remedial alternatives with consideration of the City’s draft Marina Concepts redevelopment plan.

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XCG also provided technical input on remedial strategies proposed by Transport Canada and provided an opinion on the current environmental condition and Remedial Action Plan (RAP) requirements for the property upon transfer of the property to the City based on consideration of provincial standards. The purpose of the RAP for the subject site was to satisfy Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 153/04 (as amended) Record of Site Condition (RSC) requirements related to the future residential/parkland uses.

The environmental investigations, risk assessment, and remediation activities completed by the Crown were in accordance with federal requirements, but did not entirely satisfy the provincial requirements under O. Reg. 153/04 (as amended).

To satisfy the O. Reg. 153/04 RSC requirements, XCG developed a RAP to meet the residential/parkland standards. Based on a review of the documents provided, the existing environmental conditions observed, and the understanding that the site will be redeveloped for parkland use, XCG concluded that there were no significant long-term environmental liabilities associated with the property. Based on this recommendation, the City has since acquired the property and will move forward to implement the RAP with the intention to create additional park space in the harbour area.