Under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR), 17 Ontario ministries must consider comments from the public and their Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs) when making decisions that could significantly affect the environment. Nine ministries are also subject to requests for review and six of those are also subject to requests for investigation.
It’s the Environmental Commissioner’s job to oversee these ministries and review and report on their compliance with the EBR.
Click on a ministry to learn about its obligations and performance under the EBR:
For Ministry Staff
Provincial ministries have the primary responsibility for implementing the EBR. Specifically, prescribed ministries are required to:
- Consider their Statement of Environmental Values when making environmentally significant decisions;
- Post notice on the Environmental Registry of environmentally significant acts, regulations, policies or instruments that are
prescribed under the EBR;
- Consider public input when making a decision on a proposal that has been posted on the Environmental Registry;
- Consider public requests made under the EBR to change or create environmental policies, acts or regulations; and
- Consider public requests made under the EBR to investigate alleged contraventions of environmental laws.
Ministry staff can find guidance on complying with EBR responsibilities in the ECO's EBR Guidance for Ministry Staff