Aggregate Extraction, Albion Road, Ottawa International Airport

Aggregate Extraction – Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

The project site, 4788 Albion Road is zoned ME [527r]-h which permits mineral extraction operations in areas mainly designated as Sand and Gravel Resource Area or Limestone Resource Area in the Official Plan, and also allows a limited range of permitted uses which are related to or compatible with mineral extraction operations.  This proposal would permit the establishment of a sand and gravel operation on a federally owned property that is part of the Ottawa International Airport Authority lands. The property is located at 4788 Albion Road, in the geographic Township of Gloucester, City of Ottawa.

The property has an area of 63 hectares, with a proposed extraction area of approximately 33.8 hectares.  Sand and gravel would be mined from above the water table, with the proposed annual tonnage limit of 250,000 tonnes. With a total estimated resource volume of 2.9 Million tonnes, and based on market demand estimates, the life span of the pit is expected to be approximately 5-10 years.

The pit operations will include a weighscale and scalehouse, fuel storage, and an aggregate recycling/reprocessing area located close to the pit entrance. This area will also be used for stockpiling and processing of aggregates. Processing equipment will include loaders, dump trucks, portable crushing and screening equipment, conveyors, draglines and excavators. 

Access to the site will be from Albion Road. The proposed hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm. There will be no operations on weekends or on civic holidays.

Rehabilitation will be undertaken progressively, with the final land use plan to restore the extracted area to natural environment and agricultural after uses. Careful consideration and planning will be integral to the design of the operations and the rehabilitation of the pit, to minimize impacts. 


Latest update

Notice of Determination


Ottawa — September 9, 2020 — The Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) has determined that the proposed Aggregate Extrastion Project located on Albion Road in Ottawa, Ontario is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.  Therefore, the Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited may carry out the project.




Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination - September 9, 2020


Mr. Delroy Brown
Business Development and Marketing
Delroy Brown, Manager - Airport Planning and Municipal Affairs
1000 Airport Parkway Private, Room 2500
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 9B4
Telephone: 613-248-2000 ext. 1909
Fax: 613-248-2003

  • Location

    • 4788 Albion Road, Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Thomas Cavanaugh Construction Limited
  • Authorities

    • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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