HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 12, 2023 /CNW/ - Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. (Milestone), in collaboration with the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation, has been awarded a $29.2-million contract for Stage 3 of the Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation Project.
Randle Reef, in Hamilton Harbour on Lake Ontario, was once the largest contaminated sediment site on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes. With an overall investment exceeding $150 million, this project is a joint initiative of the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Hamilton, the Region of Halton, the City of Burlington, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority, and Stelco. This comprehensive cleanup is supported by a public-private approach. The federal government and the province of Ontario each contribute one-third of the funding, while the remaining third is collectively funded by local partners.
A leading environmental remediation contractor, Milestone has successfully managed more than 615,000 cubic metres of contaminated sediment at Randle Reef. In this next phase, Milestone's scope of work will include the installation of a multi-layer environmental cap, serving as the conclusive step to isolate contaminants and restore the ecological balance of the region.
"The remarkable progress achieved at the Randle Reef site so far is something I am very proud our team has been a part of" said Mark Seaman, Founding Partner of Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. "we are excited to be collaborating and working with Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation to complete this last project phase that will hold enduring positive impacts for the harbour and community for this and future generations."
Recognizing that the upcoming project phase would take place on the traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Milestone proactively initiated a long-term partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation. This partnership extends beyond the current project, encompassing all future ventures within their traditional and treaty lands, with the aim of fostering significant economic reconciliation for this First Nation. The traditional and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation include almost all of Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area containing approximately two-thirds of Ontario's GDP and one-fifth of Canada's GDP. With approximately 8 million people, this is the largest single population concentration in Canada.
"Our Nation is pleased that Canada has set this important precedent for the Mississaugas of the Credit to benefit from economic activity on our Traditional Territory. We thank Ministers Duclos, Guilbeault, Piccini and Mayor Howarth for their leadership to ensure our Nation has been included in this important project," said Chief R. Stacey Laforme.
Milestone has worked with Indigenous partners since its inception in 2010, but its founding partners and key team members have more than 30 years experience collaborating with Indigenous communities. "We are proud partners in eight successful Indigenous partnerships; some of which have been active since 2016," said Eric Pringle, CEO and Managing Partner of Milestone Environmental Contracting, Inc.
Milestone has worked with its Indigenous partners on a long list of high profile remediation projects across Canada, including: Corbeau Hydroelectric Station, Zibi Soil Remediation, Former Fraser Cedar Mill, Slesse Creek, Giant Mine, and many more.
Work on Stage 3 commenced in August of this year, with current activities focusing on water treatment at the site. Preparations for large-scale production are underway, involving the movement of hundreds of truckloads of materials, which is slated to commence on September 11. Project completion is targeted for January 2025.
Founded in 2011, Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. is a remediation contractor that has taken the lead on some of Canada's most complex soil and groundwater remediation, decommissioning, reclamation, and habitat restoration projects across Canada. Milestone uses a multi-disciplinary approach and a variety of remedial technologies to develop and implement practical and cost-effective solutions for the clean-up of environmentally impacted sites. Milestone has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities, organizations, and businesses.
The Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation (MCBC) exists to develop and manage a portfolio of for-profit enterprises for its sole shareholder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). The treaty lands of MCFN include almost all of Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area containing approximately two-thirds of Ontario's GDP and one-fifth of Canada's GDP. With approximately 8 million people, this is the largest single population concentration in Canada. MCBC's main purposes are to build long-term wealth generation and short-term income opportunities for MCFN, as well as to create career and employment opportunities for MCFN's membership. In doing so, MCBC's goals are to be reputable in all its business dealings, to enhance the profile of MCFN in the business community, and to represent with honour the history, culture and values of MCFN. MCBCLP is governed by a board of directors made up of five voting directors all independent of the shareholder and three non-voting directors representing MCFN's elder, youth and elected council constituencies. The corporation, through the board, is responsible to its sole shareholder through its annual meeting of the shareholder.
Randle Reef - Phase 2: https://milestoneenv.ca/featured-projects/randle-reef-phase-2-remediation/
Randle Reef: Hamilton Harbour Area of Concern: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection/areas-concern/hamilton-harbour/randle-reef.html
Randle Reef Project Website:
SOURCE Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc.
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