The Ministry of Education (EDU) is one of 17 Ontario ministries that is required under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) to include the public in its environmentally significant decision making. Click on a heading below to learn about the Ministry of Education and its EBR requirements and performance.
The Ministry of Education (EDU) administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario. The ministry has committed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to be environmentally responsible citizens.
Statement of Environmental Values
Each ministry that is prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) is required to develop a Statement of Environmental Values to guide ministry staff when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment. Read the Statement of Environmental Values of the Ministry of Education (EDU).
Public Notice and Consultation
Each ministry that is prescribed under the EBR is required to consult the public on certain environmentally significant proposals via the Environmental Registry. Specifically, the EDU must give notice of, and consult on, any proposal to make or amend a policy or act that could have a significant effect on the environment.
Applications for Review and Investigation
Under the EBR, members of the public can ask certain ministries to review the need for a new environmental policy, act or regulation. The public can also ask certain ministries to investigate alleged contraventions of certain acts, regulations and instruments. The Ministry of Education, however, is not prescribed under the EBR for Applications for Review or Investigation.
In December 2015, the ECO invited prescribed ministries to renew their commitment to the EBR in writing. Read the Ministry of Education's recommitment to the Environmental Bill of Rights.
The ECO evaluates prescribed ministries’ performance under the EBR. Here is the Ministry of Education's EBR report card for the 2015/2016 reporting year.
ECO Comment: There was very little material with which the ECO could evaluate the EDU’s thoroughness and efficacy in discharging its EBR responsibilities, as the ministry did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry. The ECO is pleased that the EDU reaffirmed its commitment to the EBR. Going forward, the EDU is encouraged to continue to co-operate with ECO requests for information, ensure that it posts clearly written and sufficiently detailed notices of any environmentally significant proposals on the Environmental Registry for public consultation; give prompt notice of its decisions on such proposals on the Registry; and consider its Statement of Environmental Values when making those decisions.
Quality of performance:
Relative EBR Workload:
The Ministry of Education did not provide a comment.
Ministry of Education (EDU) – Percentage of all Policy, Act and Regulation Proposal and Decision Notices, 2015/2016:
EDU by the numbers in 2015/2016
To view other ministries’ EBR report cards, go to Government Performance on this website and select the ministry of your choice.
The ECO’s full report to the Legislative Assembly on the 2015/2016 EBR report cards can be accessed here.
In our annual reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Ministry of Education does not have any outstanding ECO recommendations.
Since 2000, the annual ECO Recognition Award has recognized the hard work of ministry staff in an initiative that benefits Ontario’s environment and meets the goals of the EBR. Every year, the ECO asks prescribed ministries to submit programs and projects to be considered for the award. The Ministry of Education has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.