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Benefits of the Quarry

The extension of the Acton Quarry is designed to provide significant environmental, economic and social benefits and is an important project for all Ontarians. It will provide a close and reliable source of construction aggregate to the province.

Environmental Benefits
If approved, Dufferin will work with community partners so that the land on the Acton Quarry extension can be used by the community for:
  • Ecological preservation and stewardship;
  • Educational and research opportunities;
  • and General recreation.

The 600 hectares of contiguous property will provide an opportunity for improved and expanded trails and recreational facilities. This property donation represents one of the largest single transfers of private sector land for public sector use ever undertaken in the Greater Toronto Area.
These protected areas will include 6.8 hectares of new enhanced wetlands and 49.9 hectares of enhanced woodland that will provide ideal wildlife habitat integrated to enhance the landscape connectivity and regional biodiversity.

quarry filled with water and birds

Economic Benefits
The labour benefits to the workforce include 750,000 days of direct and indirect employment. Over the life of the operation, the Acton Quarry Extension will inject over $260 million into the local economy
Estimated Tax revenues generated by the Acton Quarry include:
  • Municipal: $22 million;
  • Regional: $30 million;
  • Provincial: $30 million;
  • Federal: $33 million; and
  • Educational: $45 million

With the approval of the application, Dufferin will donate 600 hectares of land, which is 1.5 times larger than the Kelso Recreational Facility and worth over $20 million.

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Social Benefits

With an estimated GTA population growth of 2.7 million people between now and 2031, which means a total population of almost 8 million people, the GTA is expected to consume 62 million tonnes of aggregate per year. As a reliable source of construction aggregate, the Acton Quarry Extension can help fulfill the GTA's aggregate needs. Through its economic contributions and the labour opportunities that it provides, the Acton Quarry Extension will result in substantial social benefits for the province of Ontario and the local region.

  • The Acton Quarry Extension will spend $12 million annually on local services, municipal taxes and levies, and contribute $190 million overall to the GDP of Ontario;
  • The Acton Quarry Extension will contribute $128 million in employment income; and
  • The Extension would extend the life of the quarry by approximately 18 - 25 years, depending on market

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