Brownfields, or “sites with personalities” as we like to call them, were once contaminated, under-utilized, or undeveloped, usually in an urban or industrial setting. The annual Brownie Awards provide a forum for recognizing and celebrating outstanding brownfield projects, people, and policies that have helped redevelop and revitalize these sites across Canada. These renewed residential, commercial, industrial, and open space projects contribute to the growth and resilient recovery of healthy cities and communities.

The Brownie Awards are presented through the partnership of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. This year, a historic number of nominations were received.

“The redevelopment of brownfields provides important socio-economic and environmental opportunities to create cleaner, safer, and more vibrant communities. It was remarkable to receive another record number of nominations from across Canada this year,” says Christopher De Sousa, chair of the Brownie Awards jury and past president of the CBN. “We look forward to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the well-deserving finalists at this year’s Brownie Awards gala.”

2023 Brownie Awards


Reprogram: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives

  • Alberta Environment & Protected Areas (EPA) Guide to Excluding the Domestic Use Aquifer based on Municipal Bylaws (Guide, 2022) – Calgary, Alberta
  • Kingston Municipal Excess Soil Program – Kingston, Ontario
  • Qualified Persons Community of Ontario – Ontario, Ontario
  • Review of the Environmental Remediation and Site Enhancement (ERASE) Community Improvement Plan and Associated Financial Assistance Programs – Hamilton, Ontario

Remediate: Sustainable Remediation and Technological Innovation

  • Bronte Creek Valley Remediation – Oakville, Ontario
  • Complex Remediation on the Slate Island Archipelago – Slate Islands, Ontario
  • Design and Implementation of PFAS Source Control Remediation Project – Lazo (Comox), British Columbia
  • Water Treatment – Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation’s (TWRC) Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project (PLFPEI) – Toronto, Ontario
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Reinvest: Financing, Risk Management and Partnerships

  • Brownfield Redevelopment of a former Lead Smelter and Battery Recycling Facility – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Gordie Howe International Bridge – Windsor, Ontario
  • Grimsby Wetlands – Grimsby, Ontario

Refocus: Vision of Alternative Benefits

  • Birchley Park – Toronto, Ontario
  • Dream LeBreton – Ottawa, Ontario
  • RenuWell Project – Taber, Alberta

Rebuild: Redevelopment at the Local, Site Scale

  • 152 Shanley Street Redevelopment – Kitchener, Ontario
  • North East Scarborough Community Recreation & Child Care Centre – Toronto, Ontario
  • Unique and Safe Redevelopment of an Oil and Gas Battery into a Residential Community – Edmonton, Alberta

Renew: Redevelopment at the Community Scale

  • Mission Waterfront Revitalization Master Plan – Mission, British Columbia
  • Thorold Multimodal Hub – Thorold, Ontario

Reach Out: Communication, Marketing and Public Engagement

  • Port Lands Flood Protection – Toronto, Ontario
  • Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC) Settlement Land – Whitehorse, Yukon

The prestigious Brownfielder of the Year award will be announced soon.

Three additional awards will be presented for the Best Small-Scale ProjectBest Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, selected from all the nominations received.

The awards will be presented in person at the Brownie Awards gala on Friday, November 24th, 2023, at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Toronto.

In the meantime, Environment Journal will provide a detailed overview of each of the finalists. Stay tuned for further coverage.

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Featured image: The Refocus Award finalist, Birchley Park.
Diamond Kilmer Developments.


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