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  • Urban Land Regeneration

    Urban Land Regeneration

Program Code:ULR
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Regeneration is the process of assessing the natural quality of a place and providing clean–up and development solutions for its future re–use as a living contributor to urban prosperity. These sites range from those on which a prior urban use occurred (everything from industrial manufacturing to a commercial gas station) to a perceived open space (everything from a one–time landfill to an agricultural use with a long history of pesticide application) and, in all cases, for which private or public land owners are now seeking a renewed urban use.

It builds upon candidate’s existing education in fields such as civil engineering, environmental engineering and those with a chemistry or advanced natural sciences background. It provides candidates with the knowledge and skills required to assess the physical quality of land, including its soil, water and contamination features, and recommends appropriate remediation approaches to prepare land for future urban development approval and use.

This program’s highly marketable skills for employability recognize that the interaction of human needs with the natural world creates challenges for those engaged in urban development. As such, the program covers the distinct hydrogeological, contamination and geophysical characteristics of the Canadian, and particularly Ontario, environment, as well as the risk management and remediation approaches required for urban use or re–use.

Successful graduates of this program will be highly sought individuals, who will work with property and land development companies, urban remediation organizations, municipal and regional government approval agencies, consulting engineers and others with an interest in putting into active, sustainable use land proposed for development or re–development but which requires analysis as to its quality and in many cases recommended approaches for its decontamination for eventual land development authorization.

Topics covered will include the various stages of the urban land redevelopment process; environmental assessments and reporting; soil, water and air assessment; contamination issues; remediation strategies; health and safety obligations; and risk management with particular emphasis on urban land development processes.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree from an accredited institution in the fields of applied science, engineering or engineering technology; OR
  • A 3-year advanced postsecondary diploma with a minimum of 3 years documented work experience in a related field will be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field will be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.


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Your Career

The two–semester Urban Land Regeneration graduate certificate program will prepare you for careers in many of the sub–disciplines of environmental and civil engineering. Upon graduation, candidates will be qualified to examine various potentially contaminated or at– risk sites and determine their physical quality with respect to groundwater, soil properties, contamination challenges, urban development potential and risk management issues. Candidates will recommend and be part of a team implementing strategies associated with site remediation and re–development.

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ULR101 The Sustainability Matrix 3
ULR103 Phase I and II Environmental Assessments 3
ULR104 Environmental and Industrial Chemistry 3
ULR105 Built Environment Contamination 3
ULR106 Soil, Air and Water Sampling 4
ULR107 Applied Hydrogeology Case Studies 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ULR201 Feasibility Studies 4
ULR202 GIS and Data Management 3
ULR203 Phase IV Technologies and Case Studies 3
ULR204 Environment and Risk Management 4
ULR208 Applied Communications 3
ULR215 Urban Land Development Process 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
The Sustainability Matrix
Phase I and II Environmental Assessments
Environmental and Industrial Chemistry
Built Environment Contamination
Soil, Air and Water Sampling
Applied Hydrogeology Case Studies
Semester 2
Feasibility Studies
GIS and Data Management
Phase IV Technologies and Case Studies
Environment and Risk Management
Applied Communications
Urban Land Development Process

Contact Us

Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22445
Admissions Advisor:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Mahipal Jadeja
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Program Chair: Miguel Lameiro
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22737
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