Bulldozer at construction siteThe Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) 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 MEDG and its EBR requirements and performance.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth works to strengthen job creation and growth at home while increasing competitiveness abroad.

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 Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI).

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 MEDG must give notice of, and consult on, any proposal to make or amend any 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. Members of the public can also ask certain ministries to investigate alleged contraventions of certain acts, regulations and instruments. The MEDG, however, is not prescribed under the EBR for Applications for Review or Investigation.

EBR Commitment Letter

In December 2015, the ECO invited prescribed ministries to renew their commitment to the EBR in writing. Read the MEDEI's recommitment to the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Please note the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) has now been separated into the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

EBR Report Card

The ECO evaluates prescribed ministries’ performance under the EBR. Here is the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure's EBR report card for the 2015/2016 reporting year.

Please note the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) has now been separated into the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

ECO Comment: There was little material with which the ECO could evaluate the MEDEI’s thoroughness and efficacy in discharging its EBR responsibilities. However, the MEDEI was extremely co-operative in responding to ECO requests for information during the preparation of our annual Energy Conservation Report. Going forward, the MEDEI 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.

Category
Result
Comments
Quality of Notices Posted on the Environmental Registry
The MEDEI posted just three notices in 2015/2016. While all three notices were of very good quality, the ministry should ensure that, in a policy proposal notice’s “Purpose of Policy” section, it describes the purpose of the policy being proposed – not the purpose of the proposal notice.
Timeliness of Decision Notices and Avoiding Outdated Proposals
The MEDEI posted just one decision notice in 2015/2016, and it was not possible to determine whether it was posted within two weeks of the decision being made. The MEDEI has no outdated proposals on the Registry
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
N/A
The MEDEI is not prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values
N/A
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the MEDEI this year.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
The MEDEI was particularly helpful to the ECO this year during the preparation of our annual Energy Conservation Report. MEDEI staff met with ECO staff to explain the rules for funding infrastructure retrofits, and responded promptly to the ECO’s invitation to re-affirm its commitment to the EBR.
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.
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Quality of performance:

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable

Relative EBR Workload:

High
Medium
Low

Ministry Comment

Thank you for providing me with an advanced copy of MEDEI’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Report Card for 2015-16.

I am very pleased that in your estimation, the ministry has met or exceeded expectations in all relevant areas.

MEDEI has fairly limited experience with the EBR, and we are progressing along a learning curve as we post new notices. We are committed to continuous improvement with each notice, and will carefully take note of your suggestion regarding the “Purpose of Policy” section.

We look forward to working together, sharing knowledge and information, and maintaining a constructive dialogue through 2016-17.

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) – Percentage of all Policy, Act and Regulation Proposal and Decision Notices, 2015/2016:

MEDEI-Chart

MEDEI by the numbers in 2015/2016
 
MEDEI
All Ministries
Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Posted
3
210
Total Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Reviewed by the ECO
3
401
Outdated Proposal Notices as of April 1, 2016
0
839
SEV Consideration Documents Requested by the ECO
0
194
Applications Concluded
N/A
13

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 Economic Development and Growth 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 Economic Development and Growth has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

On June 13, 2016, the Ontario government divided the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure into two separate ministries: the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Ministry of Infrastructure. Therefore, when referencing previously published information about these ministries please keep in mind that they were previously referred to collectively as the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI). 

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