Renewal of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan

A review of potential effects of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan – Phase IV.

The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) was established in 2005 and has worked towards reducing risks associated with human health and environmental protection through liability reducing activities. FCSAP takes a whole-of-government approach in which 19 government agencies, departments, and consolidated Crown corporations work together to assess, remediate and risk manage contaminated sites for which they are responsible.  Since FCSAP began 15 years ago, more than 16,800 contaminated sites have been closed based on the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI) and the program has spent $4.7 billion on the assessment and remediation of those highest risk sites.  FCSAP projects have led to approximately 20,700 jobs.

The FCSAP program has been renewed with the announcement of Phase IV to occur from 2020 to 2024. With more than 6,800 contaminated sites still on the FCSI, Phase IV will include new elements to program management and coordination which will improve the efficiencies of site cleanups.

These changes will lead to:

FCSAP will contribute to the following goals set out in the  Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and in the United Nations 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

FCSAP tracks quantitative results through the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI). The results are rolled up through annual reports that are published by the FCSAP Secretariat. Through this renewal, FCSAP will integrate new tracking metrics to better align with Government of Canada priorities and relate more closely to the interests of Canadians. These new metrics will include:

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