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Southwestern Landfill Environmental Assessment

Economic Benefits

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We are often asked about the potential economic benefits of the Southwestern Landfill. If approved, the Southwestern Landfill would bring a wide range of economic benefits to the local area, as well as the Ontario economy. The local economy is defined as the area within a one-hour drive of the proposed landfill.

Below you will find some preliminary findings from the Economic Study.



Net Economic Benefit

The Southwestern Landfill is a significant infrastructure investment that will be centred in the local economy.

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If approved, the Southwestern Landfill will require significant investment to design, build, and operate over it's 20 year lifespan. Much of this investment will be in the local economy - for example, local businesses, contractors, service suppliers, and the skilled workforce. 



Jobs and Wages

Approximately 80% of job creation from the Southwestern Landfill is local.


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If approved, the Southwestern Landfill would require many different types of skills:

  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Environmental specialists
  • Health and safety professionals
  • General labourers
  • Administrative support
  • Mechanics
  • Engineers
  • Water treatment operators

If approved, the Southwestern Landfill will create an average of 110 local jobs (full-time equivalent employment). This includes:

  • "direct" jobs at the landfill
  • "indirect" jobs, such as contractors or businesses where we buy products or services, and
  • "induced" jobs, for example where products are produced (but not sold directly to Walker)

"Full-time equivalent" is a definition used by economists to measure the number of jobs. For the Southwestern Landfill jobs estimate, it means that the number of total job hours equals approximately 110 full time jobs (~40 hours per week). Particularly for indirect or induced jobs, this means the landfill will support part of many people's jobs.  



Tax Revenue

Local municipalities will have more revenue to fund public services.

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Like all businesses, a landfill would pay local, Provincial, and Federal taxes. Since a landfill is a large project, it is a major source of municipal funds, which can be used for municipal projects and initiatives. If approved, the Southwestern Landfill will generate more than $13 million in local municipal tax revenue (not including property tax) over the 20 year lifespan of the project. 



Cost Savings for Local Businesses

Local businesses would pay less for nearby private disposal of their waste.


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Households typically have their waste managed by the municipality. This is different from businesses, who usually pay for their own waste pick-up, transportation and disposal, often through private companies like Walker Environmental. Many businesses in Oxford County pay for their waste to be transported outside of the County for disposal at private landfills (see Oxford County report here). If approved, the Southwestern Landfill would save local businesses money through lower transportation costs for their waste.



Local Community Funds

Host Community Agreements provide funds to the host and neighbouring municipalities.


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Like similiar facilities in Ontario, the Southwestern Landfill would provide funding to support local community initiatives. This is typically achieved through Host Community Agreements. With these agreements, host and adjacent municipalities can use these funds for things like recreational and educational facilities, community infrastructure, and green space.