Northern Contaminated Sites Program

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is responsible for most federal lands in the North.  Through the Northern Contaminated Sites Program, INAC manages a number of contaminated properties abandoned by their previous occupants. The contamination of these properties is the result of private sector mining and oil and gas activities and government military activity that occurred over a half a century ago, when environmental impacts were not fully understood.

The objective of this program is to manage contaminated sites in a cost-effective and consistent manner.  The program aims to reduce and eliminate, where possible, risks to human and environmental health, and liability associated with contaminated sites in the North. Priority is given to those sites posing the highest risks.

INAC also manages the Contaminated Sites Management Program which provides guidance for the management of contaminated sites located on reserve lands and on any other lands under INAC's custodial responsibility.

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