Bulldozer at construction siteThe 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.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 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, 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.

EBR Commitment Letter

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.

EBR Report Card

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.

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Result
Trend
Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
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The MEDJCT posted four notices on the Environmental Registry in 2017/2018, and all of the notices were detailed and easy to understand. However, the ECO encourages the MEDJCT to consider allowing more than 30 days, whenever possible, for the public to comment on proposals for acts.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
The MEDJCT is not required to post instrument notices on the Environmental Registry.
Promptness of posting decision notices on the Environmental Registry
N/A
The MEDJCT posted just two decision notices on the Environmental Registry this year. Unfortunately, the ministry took 40 days to give notice to the public of a policy decision to update its Statement of Environmental Values, and 129 days to give notice of an important act that was passed in the legislature. The ECO urges the MEDJCT to give public notice of its decisions far more promptly.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
N/A
N/A
The MEDJCT did not have any open proposals on the Environmental Registry at the end of 2017/2018.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The MEDJCT is not prescribed for applications for review, and no acts or instruments administered by the MEDJCT are prescribed for applications for investigation under the EBR.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
The MEDJCT is not prescribed for applications for review under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs)
N/A
N/A
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the MEDJCT in 2017/2018.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
No Change in Trend icon
The ECO had limited contact with the MEDJCT in 2017/2018, but the ministry did respond to a request from the ECO’s climate change team to explain how the ministry incorporates climate change considerations into its decision making.
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Quality of Performance

Meets or exceeds expectations and legal obligations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable: failure to comply with legal obligations and/or frustrating environmental rights granted to the public by the EBR
Not prescribed for this category of EBR performance
N/A
Not applicable (the ministry did not carry out any responsibilities under this category in 2017/2018)

Trend

Overall quality of performance has improved since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance has improved since 2016/2017
Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2016/2017
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2016/2017
 
Not prescribed for this category of EBR performance
N/A
Not applicable (the ministry did not carry out any responsibilities under this category in 2016/2017)

Key Outstanding ECO Recommendations

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.

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, Job Creation and Trade has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

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