In addition to the remediation of contaminated land, site remediation in the North has a number of socioeconomic benefits for Aboriginal communities in both settled and unsettled land claim regions.
For most projects, an open contracting process with an Aboriginal Opportunities Considerations (AOC) package is the most appropriate tool for maximizing local, regional and Aboriginal employment and business opportunities. Bidders must outline in the package how they will maximize local involvement in the project, and must meet a target percentage for Aboriginal employment. They must also outline training plans for Aboriginal employees.
The opportunity for training and working on remediation projects in the North provides community members with transferable knowledge and skills that they can put to use on other types of projects, such as resource development. As well, knowledge gained through participation in community consultations and other remediation activities enables community members to participate more effectively in consultation and regulatory review of other development projects.