The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality of Performance
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.
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.