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The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislature who reports on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issues. The ECO is the province’s environmental watchdog and champion of Ontarians’ environmental rights.

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Ontario municipalities receive enhanced environment, climate and energy authority

The ECO is delighted to see that Ontario municipalities now have additional environmental, climate and energy powers, due to Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017, which received Royal Assent on May 30, 2017. Below we’ve ...

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Celebrate Ontario’s amazing biodiversity

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity! From beluga whales in Hudson Bay in northern Ontario to the extremely rare small-mouthed salamander on Lake Erie’s Pelee Island, we have an amazing diversity of species living ...

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