Step 1: Site Identification

Navigate between each steps Step 1: Site Identification Step 2: Historical Review Step 3: Initial Testing Program Step 4: Initial Site Classification Step 5: Detailed Testing Program Step 6: Site Reclassification Step 7: Develop Risk Management Strategy Step 8: Implement Remediation/Risk Management Strategy Step 9: Confirmatory Sampling Step 10: Long-Term Monitoring

During site identification, use available information to identify suspect sites for further investigation, or to rule out sites that are not contaminated. If a site is not contaminated, then no action is required. If contamination is suspected at a site, then further investigation through Step 2 is required.

How to Prepare

  • Contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) expert support to discuss assessment activities and expectations associated with assessment.
  • Review site information.

What to Do

  • Identify the following:
    • waterbodies at or near the site;
    • potential for fish and fish habitat at or near the site;
    • potential sensitive aquatic ecosystem components;
    • potential for aquatic species listed under the Species At Risk Act (SARA) at or near the site.
  • Seek provincial or territorial guidance if considering divestiture.

How Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Expert Support Helps

  • Assist with the identification of:
    • fish and fish habitat concerns;
    • sensitive aquatic ecosystem components;
    • aquatic SARA-listed species and critical habitat;
    • additional information requirements.
  • Provide information on past DFO involvement at the site (e.g., studies, Fisheries Act authorizations and associated requirements, letters of advice, fishery closures, etc.).
  • Provide advice on DFO regulatory responsibilities and processes.

Supporting Documents

Next Step: Historical Review