The Environmental Registry is a website that provides the public with access to information about environmentally significant proposals being put forward by the Ontario government, and also allows the public to provide comments. The Environmental Registry is the key Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) tool facilitating public engagement in government environmental decision making. It can be accessed at ebr.gov.on.ca.
Below is a list of the top 10 most commented-on government decisions on the Environmental Registry in 2017 (as of December 21, 2017).
The Environmental Registry provides other information that may help the public exercise their EBR rights, including:
- notice of appeals and leave to appeal applications related to classified instruments;
- background information about the EBR;
- links to the full text of the EBR and its regulations;
- links to prescribed ministries’ SEVs;
- in some cases, links to the full text of proposed and final policies, acts, regulations and instruments; and
- in some cases, links to other information relevant to a proposal.
The MOECC hosts and maintains the Environmental Registry. The ECO monitors ministries’ use of the Registry to ensure that prescribed ministries are fulfilling their responsibilities under the EBR and respecting the public’s participation rights.
To help you stay on top of the issues you care about, the ECO offers a service called Environmental Registry Alerts. After signing up, you just enter keywords or phrases that reflect your interests. Environmental Registry Alerts monitors the Registry, and sends you an e-mail when new notices that contain your chosen keywords are posted.