– A Comprehensive Review of Progress Implementing the National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada

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The management of brownfields continues to be an important issue for Canadians eager to clean up the tens of thousands of polluted sites across the country and to reap the sustainability-oriented benefits of their reuse. While risks and liabilities associated with contamination severely impeded cleanup in the 1980s and 1990s, legal and procedural efforts introduced in the 2000s sought to support reuse. Many of these efforts were guided by an influential report published in 2003 entitled A National Brownfield Redevelopment Strategy for Canada. To honor the 15th anniversary of this influential report, the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) along with researchers from Ryerson University administered a comprehensive national survey of brownfield practitioners to assess the current state of the brownfields issue and progress made. This presentation will report on the results of this survey.