ESAA Weekly News – Week ending July 30th, 2021

Up to 80% in Wage Funding Available to Grow Your Team this Year

ECO Canada’s full-time wage funding programs are now open and offer up to 80% in wage subsidies (to a maximum of 25K) for employers hiring young professionals working in environmental & natural resources jobs. Additional funding for wraparound services, including training costs, is also available.

Applications are open for our 3 full-time employment programs, the Science and Technology Internship Program and the Science Horizons Program, are open to employers hiring eligible staff age 30 & under facing barriers to employment. In addition, ECO Canada now has additional funding in the Digital Skills for Youth program for those seeking to add digital talent to their teams.These programs assist employers to strengthen business operations while saving on hiring and training costs.  
Email with any questions.

Funding is provided by the Govenerment of Canada: Natural Resources Canada,  Environment and Climate Change Canada, & Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada



AER: Control Well Requirements Rescinded

A “control well” is a coalbed methane or shale gas well that has been designated as representative of wells in the area. Starting in 2006, operators of these wells were required to report pressure, productivity, and gas content information for gas found in coal and shale. These data were used to help us better understand these gas resources. Our understanding of coalbed methane and shale gas has now increased to the point where we no longer require these data for resource evaluation or reserves analysis.

As a result, the Government of Alberta has repealed sections 7.025 and 11.145 of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules, which defined control wells and prescribed what data had to be reported. We are today also rescinding Directive 062: Coalbed Methane (CBM) Control Well Requirements and Related Matters, which gave additional details and process information. Amendments to related instruments are in progress.

These changes mean that control wells will no longer be designated, and the particular data these wells reported will no longer be submitted. All other reporting requirements remain unchanged. There is therefore no effect on public safety, environmental protection, or resource conservation.

For more information, please contact our Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at


BC: Local knowledge powers dormant well sites cleanup

The Province is awarding the second $50-million installment provided by the federal government to projects that will clean up dormant oil and gas sites.

“By working collaboratively with Indigenous Nations and seeking community input, the second round of the Dormant Sites  Reclamation Program (DSRP) leverages local knowledge to restore oil and gas sites of concern,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister
of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “This funding will benefit the environment, while providing thousands of good-paying jobs for British Columbians.”

Funding for the second round of the DSRP prioritized applications from field service companies that have contracts to work on sites nominated by Indigenous people, local governments and landowners.

“Cleaning up dormant well sites keeps workers on the job in British Columbia,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr., federal Minister of Natural Resources. “We’re protecting the environment and supporting the hard-working men and women in our oil and gas sector – including in First Nations communities.”

Fifty-three B.C.-based oil and gas field service companies are being awarded funding to do work on nominated sites. The online nomination portal received 1,853 nominations for 1,464 dormant well sites. The second round of the DSRP will support work on 716 of these well sites, of which 659 were nominated by Indigenous people. Eleven Indigenous-owned oil and gas contractors will carry out site restoration work.

“The Halfway River Group, a collection of Halfway River First Nation businesses, would like to acknowledge that the processes implemented during the second round of funding for the Dormant Sites Reclamation Program has opened the door for our participation, incentivizing our inclusion, in a manner that was not available to us in the first round of funding,” said Brad Bonner, president and CEO of the Halfway River Group. “These
opportunities cultivate an optimism and spirit that makes a visible and tangible difference within Indigenous communities.”

Support for the DSRP comes from $120 million in federal funding provided with the goal of promoting job opportunities for oil and gas service workers, many of whom are facing the dual challenges of slowing natural gas investment and a global pandemic. The program provides successful applicants with up to $100,000 for work on dormant oil and gas well sites.

“Oakridge Environmental Engineering Inc. is pleased to be involved in the British Columbia Dormant Sites Reclamation Program,” said Larry Neufeld, principal engineer at Oakridge
Environmental Engineering. “The program provides important funding for reclamation of sites no longer in use by utilizing British Columbia workers and British Columbia companies.”

There are currently 9,055 dormant well sites in B.C. The decommissioning and restoration of oil and gas sites in B.C. is regulated by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. In 2019, the commission developed its Comprehensive Liability Management Plan that ensures industry pays for the costs of cleaning up  dormant oil and gas sites in the future.

Quick Facts: 

  • Field contractors receiving DSRP funds must be based in British Columbia, with registration, office and operations in the province.
  • The DSRP’s first increment of $50 million enabled 79 B.C.-based service companies to perform reclamation activities on nearly 1,900 dormant wells.
  • The Legacy Sites Reclamation Program provided $5 million to restore lands affected by historical oil and gas activities, which can have an impact on wildlife.
  • The Orphan Sites Supplemental Reclamation Program, managed by the Oil and Gas Commission, has completed more than 90% of planned work, funded by $15 million from the federal government, with work completed
    on 81 of 88 nominated sites.

Learn More:

Read more about the Dormant Sites Reclamation Program here:

Learn about the Legacy Sites Restoration Program:


Canada invests $25 million to protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairies


As the world faces the twin threats of climate change and rapid
biodiversity loss, protecting more nature across Canada supports iconic biodiversity and helps fight climate change by storing carbon and making our communities more resilient to its impacts.

Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the  Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced more than $25 million in funding to conserve, restore, and enhance critical wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie provinces:

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada will receive up to $19.28 million over three years for projects to conserve and restore wetland and grassland habitats in the Prairies, including the restoration of croplands to grasslands. These lands will capture and store carbon, while providing a range of other ecological benefits.
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada will receive up to $4.05 million over three years for projects to retain and restore carbon stocks by conserving, restoring, and enhancing management of Prairie grasslands and wetlands; and
  • Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation will receive up to $2.4 million over three years for projects to conserve, restore, and enhance management of threatened grasslands and wetlands in order to store carbon while providing a range of other benefits for local communities in the agricultural zone of southwestern Manitoba, including improving water quality and supporting wildlife habitat.

These initiatives are among fourteen projects to receive funding from the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund in 2021–2022. Collectively, they are projected to conserve up to 30,000 hectares; restore up to 6,000 hectares; and contribute to the enhanced management of up to 18,000 hectares of wetlands, grasslands, and riparian areas.

Today’s announcement supports Canada’s goal to protect 25 percent of lands and 25 percent of oceans by 2025. Embracing the power of nature to support healthier families and more resilient communities is one of the five pillars of Canada’s strengthened climate plan.


New Environment and Climate Change Youth Council to engage on key environmental challenges

Young Canadians are concerned about their futures, which is why they are leading the charge to create a healthier planet, with cleaner air, cleaner water, and good jobs for now and for generations to come.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, established Canada’s first Environment and Climate  Change Youth Council and launched applications for young people to apply.

The Youth Council will create meaningful opportunities for dialogue between young Canadians and the federal government on the key challenges of our time: fighting climate change, stemming rapid biodiversity loss, and better protecting our natural environment. In particular, inaugural members will engage on Canada’s top priorities, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and zero plastic waste by 2030. Members of
the Youth Council will share ideas, voice concerns, and help shape Canada’s environmental policy, while gaining invaluable skills and experience to start or advance their careers.

The Youth Council will consist of ten Canadians between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. Interested Canadians are encouraged to apply  before August 18, 2021, at 11:59 pm PDT, through the link below.

 Quick facts
  • Youth Council members will serve a two-year term
    on a voluntary basis and meet every four months. Members can expect to spend about five hours per month on Council-related activities.

  • The Youth Council’s membership will aim to reflect
    the Canadian population with respect to regional representation; gender identity; linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity; and life experiences.

  • All applicants must identify an organization related to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) mandate and/or to youth engagement that is willing to support their application by nominating them. An organization is defined as:

    • A not-for-profit, such as a charitable or volunteer organization, professional association, or non-governmental organization;
    • An Indigenous organization, government, board, commission, community, association, or authority;
    • A local organization, such as a community association or group, youth group, or service club.
  • In 2019, the Government of Canada announced its first ever Youth Policy—created for youth, by youth—to help young adults better guide government priorities and actions. This policy aims to create awareness of diverse youth concerns and ensures more youth have the chance to take part in federal decision-making. It also respects
    Canada’s different cultures, traditions, and values, as well as its diverse Indigenous youth voices.

  • Today, Minister Wilkinson also announced the creation of 1,297 youth jobs in the environmental and clean technology sectors through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.

Associated links


Hamilton considers new report of cleanup options for Chedoke Creek

A new report  for the City of Hamilton, written by GM Blueplan Engineering,  provides dozens of recommendations to clean up sewage contamination of
Hamilton’s Chedoke Creek could cost the Ontario city more than $150 million over 14 years.

The GM Blueplan Engineering report offers options for studies, projects, programs and maintenance to the City of Hamilton’s general issues committee sitting on July 5th, as they determine how best to remediate the creek.

The contamination at Chedoke Creek was first disclosed by the City of Hamilton in July 2018 after it discovered that one of its combined sewer overflow tanks was discharging combined sewage into Chedoke Creek. The City immediately stopped the discharge, began clean-up activities in the area, and contacted the Provincial Spills Action Centre.

Since July 2018, the City has been working closely with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) to investigate the incident, respond to Orders related to the spill, and plan for remediation efforts in the Creek and Cootes Paradise.

Currently, the City is working with the MECP and various stakeholders on remediation activities in the watershed. The City has recently submitted a workplan to the MECP outlining targeted dredging activities in Chedoke Creek and a report proposing remediation/mitigation methods for Cootes Paradise and the Western Hamilton Harbour Area.

The short-term work is expected to begin this summer, with the
removal of dead algae and placement of small-scale aeration systems near the mouth of Cootes Paradise to guard against the formation of noxious algal blooms.


 Upcoming Events


RemTech 2021

October 13-15, 2021
Fairmont Banff Springs

Early Bird Pricing Now in Effect

ESAA is pleased to announce that RemTech is back and (assuming restrictions also) will be in-person at the Fairmont Banff Springs, October 13-15th.  We hope you will join us to celebrate being together, along with RemTech‘s 20th Birthday.
 Really Early Bird Special
First 100 passes (*)
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Early Bird
(ends August 20th)
Regular Price
(after August 20th)
Member Price Fee$750$875$995
Non-Member Price Fee$995$1,225$1,395
Student / Unemployed Feen/an/a$325
Presenter Feen/an/a$495
  • (*)  First 100 registrations are for new registrations only.  Sponsors/Exhibitors and those with credits will be handled separately.  Do not register for this offer.
  • Cancellation deadline is September 15th.  After September 15th, no cancellations will be accepted and no refunds will issued. Passes can be transferred to another individual.
  • Registration fees includes access to the entire conference including keynotes, technical sessions, pre-conference workshops or sessions, 2 receptions, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches.
  • Registration fees do not include taxes, hotel or travel.
  • GST number – R123692360
  • Hotel Reservations – Early bird hotel rates of $232 (plus taxes and fees) are available until August 11th.  Rate after August 11th increases to $262 (plus taxes and fees).  Full details at:

We look forward to welcoming everyone back, safely.



Brownie Awards
November 23, 2021

Dedicated to the rehabilitation and revitalization of sites that were once contaminated, under-utilized, and undeveloped, the Brownie Awards provide annual recognition and celebration of brownfield projects, people, and policies across the country. These renewed residential and commercial projects contribute to the growth and resilient recovery of healthy cities and communities. 

Do you know of a project deserving of recognition? NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN – please submit today.  Deadline to submit: September 17, 2021 


ESAA Job Board

Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board.  Members can post ads for free.

Current Listings:
  • Intermediate to Senior Biophysical Specialist/Terrestrial Ecologist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Senior Project Manager – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Environmental Specialist  – Summit, An Earth Services Company
  • Intermediate Environmental Project Managers – Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat – TerraLogix Solutions
  • Environmental Engineer/Scientist/Technologist – Edmonton, Alberta – Nichols Environmental (Canada)
  • Remediation & Reclamation Project Manager – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Intermediate Environmental Scientist / Project Manager – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.
  • Senior Environmental Scientist- Reporting Lead – Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.
  • Environmental Technician – Geo Tactical Remediation Ltd




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