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 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 Notices Posted on the Environmental Registry
The EDU did not post any notices in 2015/2016.
Timeliness of Decision Notices and Avoiding Outdated Proposals
The EDU did not post any decision notices in 2015/2016. The EDU does not have any outdated proposals on the Registry.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The EDU is not prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the EDU this year.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
The EDU responded promptly and helpfully to ECO requests this year, providing a letter re-affirming the ministry’s commitment to the EBR and supplying ECO staff with data about energy use in Ontario’s public schools.
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 2015/2016.

Quality of performance:

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement

Relative EBR Workload:


Ministry Comment

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
All Ministries
Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Posted
Total Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Reviewed by the ECO
Outdated Proposal Notices as of April 1, 2016
SEV Consideration Documents Requested by the ECO
Applications Concluded

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.

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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