School buildingThe 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.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

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.

Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Requirements

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 

Under the EBR, members of the public can ask the Ministry of Education to review the need for a new environmental policy, act or regulation. In addition, the public may ask the ministry to review any of the EDU's existing environmental policies.

The Ministry of Education is required to consider all such requests, and to respond within 60 days of receiving the application to let both the applicants and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario know whether or not it will undertake the requested review.

Pending Requests for Review

The Ministry of Education does not have any outstanding Applications for Review.

Applications for Investigation

Under the EBR, members of the public can ask certain ministries to investigate alleged contraventions of certain acts, regulations and instruments. The Ministry of Education does not administer any acts that are prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights for Applications for Investigation.

EBR Report Card

The ECO evaluates prescribed ministries’ performance under the EBR. Here is the Ministry of Education's EBR report card for the 2016/2017 reporting year.

ECO Comment: The EDU has a relatively low EBR workload. There was little material with which the ECO could evaluate the EDU’s execution of its EBR responsibilities in 2016/2017, as the ministry did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry. The ECO is pleased that the EDU has become prescribed for purposes of receiving applications for review under the EBR.

Category
Result
Trend
Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
N/A
N/A
The EDU did not post any policy, act or regulation notices in 2016/2017.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
N/A
N/A
The EDU is not required to post instrument notices on the Environmental Registry.
Promptness of posting decision notices on the Environmental Registry
N/A
N/A
The EDU did not post any decision notices in 2016/2017.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
N/A
N/A
The EDU did not have any open proposals on the Environmental Registry at the end of 2016/2017.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
N/A
N/A
In the 2016/2017 reporting year, the EDU was not prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR. However, the ECO is pleased that in September 2017 the EDU became prescribed for applications for review under the EBR in response to our recommendation.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
N/A
N/A
The EDU was not prescribed for applications for review under the EBR during the 2016/2017 reporting year.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs)
N/A
N/A
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the EDU in 2016/2017.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
No Change in Trend icon
The ECO did not make any specific information requests of the EDU in the 2016/2017 reporting year. However, the ECO is pleased that in September 2017 the EDU became prescribed for applications for review under the EBR in response to our recommendation. Also, at the ECO’s request, the EDU’s EBR co-ordinator attended an EBR compliance information session at the ECO’s offices in September 2016.
N/A (not applicable): The ministry is not prescribed for purposes of this category of EBR performance, or the ministry did not execute any responsibilities under this category in the reporting year.
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Quality of Performance

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable

Trend

Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2015/2016 icon
Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2015/2016
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Overall quality of performance has improved since 2015/2016
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2015/2016 icon
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2015/2016

Ministry Comment

No comment provided by the ministry.

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 2016/2017 EBR report cards can be accessed here.

Key Outstanding ECO Recommendations

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.

ECO Recognition Award

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.

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