The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) is one of 15 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 MEDJCT and its EBR requirements and performance.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade works to strengthen job creation and growth at home while increasing competitiveness abroad.
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, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).
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 MEDJCT 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 MEDJCT, 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 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade's recommitment to the Environmental Bill of Rights.
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s evaluation of ministry compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights during the reporting period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT)
ECO Comment: This year, the MEDJCT posted good quality notices on the Environmental Registry to consult the public on a proposed act and a proposed policy. However, the ministry took an unreasonably long time to give notice to the public about its decisions on those proposals; the ECO encourages the MEDJCT to post decision notices more promptly in 2018/2019.
Quality of Performance
In our annual reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 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 Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.