Bulldozer at construction siteThe Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) 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 ministry and its EBR requirements and performance.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Infrastructure is responsible for the province’s long-term infrastructure plan, which has a significant bearing on issues ranging from land use planning to climate change. The ministry also oversees Infrastructure Ontario, which manages real estate on behalf on the province, including more than 4,000 buildings and 150,000 acres of land.

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 Infrastructure (MOI).

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 MOI 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 MOI, 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. At that time, the MOI was part of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI). Read the MEDEI'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 Infrastructure (MOI)

ECO Comment: The MOI has a relatively low EBR workload; however, this year, the MOI’s small number of notices on the Environmental Registry were of good quality and were up to date. The ECO encourages the MOI to continue to ensure that it considers its EBR responsibilities whenever the ministry’s work could have a significant effect on the environment, and to respond promptly to any requests for information from the ECO.

Category
Result
Trend
Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
No Change in Trend icon
The MOI posted two notices on the Environmental Registry this year, and both notices were of good quality. However, the ministry should take care to identify proposals as the proper type – i.e., ensure that it posts proposed regulations as regulation proposal notices, not policy proposals.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
The MOI 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 MOI did not post any decision notices in 2017/2018.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
No Change in Trend icon
All of the MOI’s proposal notices on the Registry at the end of the ECO’s reporting year were up to date.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The MOI is not prescribed for applications for review, and no acts or instruments administered by the MOI are prescribed for applications for investigation under the EBR.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
The MOI 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 MOI in 2017/2018.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
No Change in Trend icon
The MOI responded to the ECO’s requests for information in 2017/2018, including a request from the ECO’s climate change team to explain how the ministry would incorporate climate change considerations into its decision making. The ministry also proactively sought the ECO’s advice on important government policies.
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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 Infrastructure 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 Infrastructure has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

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