Managing Contaminated Sites

Federal contaminated sites are a legacy of past practices that have resulted in contamination. The Government of Canada has taken action through the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) and remains committed to the proper management of those contaminated sites for which it is responsible.

The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) program assists federal departments, agencies and consolidated Crown corporations, called custodians, to manage their sites. The program's objective is to reduce environmental and human health risks and associated federal financial liabilities from known federal contaminated sites, while giving priority to higher risk sites.

Environment Canada has three roles under FCSAP

  • Housing the FCSAP Secretariat, which provides program guidance and leadership to custodians and is responsible for the administration of the program.  It is supported in this role by Treasury Board Secretariat.
  • Providing expert support to custodians, primarily on issues and questions related to ecological risks and more broadly on environmental matters related to contaminated sites.
  • Assessing and remediating its own sites.
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