What are Brownfields

The term “brownfield” is widely used and can have a broad definition. TPLC recognizes a “brownfield” as a parcel of underutilized land that is, or could be, contaminated from historical and current industrial activities.

Some of the port lands are made up of brownfield properties due to decades of heavy industrial activities including metal works, chemical storage, coal yards and oil tank farms.

TPLC has partnered with the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the City of Toronto to address the contaminated properties. Although TPLC is the environmental steward in the port lands, all brownfield redevelopment is regulated by the MOE.

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