Consultation with interested parties, including Bruce County community members, Indigenous communities, environmental groups, and others continued throughout the eleven year regulatory process at an intense level. Information on the project was provided through newsletters and other publications, open houses, tours of the WWMF, website, speaking engagements, attendance at public events with the DGR mobile exhibit, briefings with key stakeholders including municipal, provincial and federal political representatives and media.
OPG undertook efforts beginning in 2003 and continues to this day, to engage Indigenous communities on a variety or DGR and waste related issues, including employment and business opportunities. A protocol agreement, signed between Saugeen Ojibway Nations (SON) and OPG provides a framework for SON’s participation in the regulatory approval process. OPG has also committed to address past legacy issues and not proceed with the DGR project until the SON community is in support of the project.
Information sharing and discussions are also ongoing with the Historic Saugeen Métis and the Métis Nation of Ontario about the proposed DGR project. To facilitate their engagement and continued involvement in OPG’s operations, participation agreements and memorandums of understanding have been signed with both.
DGR Community Partnership Program
From the outset, the DGR project has been developed in partnership with Kincardine and surrounding Bruce County municipalities. To maintain and strengthen community partnerships, a DGR Community Partnership Program was developed.
The DGR Corporate Citizenship Program provides support to community initiatives in Bruce County areas and to Indigenous communities that focus on the following areas: Environment, Education and Community.
Please forward sponsorship requests to:
OPG, Western Waste Management Facility
Box 7000, B21
Telephone: (519) 361- 6414 x3456