Doctor checking ear of smiling girlThe Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is one of 17 Ontario ministries that is required under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) to include the public in its environmentally significant decision making. Click on a heading below to learn about the MOHLTC and its EBR requirements and performance.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has a significant mandate and budget mostly focused on healthcare delivery. However, the ministry has the potential to positively affect the environment through its role promoting and protecting public health. The ministry develops policies and programs related to health promotion and preventative care. This can cover everything from promoting safe drinking water, to supporting walkable communities, to reducing human exposure to environmental health hazards. Environmental health is closely linked to human health; improving environmental outcomes, such as reducing air and water pollution, mitigating climate change, and increasing access to nature can prevent or reduce disease, and mental and physical ailments.

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 Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

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 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care must give notice of, and consult on any proposal to make or amend a policy or act that could have a significant effect on the environment.

In addition, the MOHLTC is also required to provide notice and consult with the public on any environmentally significant regulation, or amendment to a regulation, made under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, that relates to small drinking water systems.

Applications for Review

Under the EBR, members of the public can ask the MOHLTC to review the need for a new environmental policy, act or regulation. In addition, the public may ask the ministry to review: any of the MOHLTC’s existing environmentally significant policies; the portion of the Health Protection and Promotion Act that relates to small drinking water systems; or regulations made under this Act that relate to small drinking water systems.

The MOHLTC is required to consider all such requests, and to respond within 60 days of receiving the application to let both the applicants and the ECO know whether or not it will undertake the requested review.

Pending Requests for Review

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care does not have any outstanding Applications for Review.

Applications for Investigation

Under the EBR, members of the public can ask certain ministries to investigate alleged contraventions of certain acts, regulations and instruments. The MOHLTC does not administer any acts that are prescribed under the EBR for Applications for Investigation.

EBR Commitment Letter

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

EBR Report Card

The ECO evaluates prescribed ministries’ performance under the EBR. Here is the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's EBR report card for the 2015/2016 reporting year.

ECO Comment: The MOHLTC has a relatively low EBR workload, and the ministry did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry in 2015/2016. The ministry had some difficulty handling its one application for review in accordance with EBR timelines, and in providing a clear explanation of its decision to the applicants. The ECO is pleased that the MOHLTC reaffirmed its commitment to the EBR, and would be pleased to work with the MOHLTC’s EBR co-ordinator to ensure the ministry makes improvements in executing its EBR responsibilities going forward.

Category
Result
Comments
Quality of Notices Posted on the Environmental Registry
N/A
The MOHLTC did not post any notices in 2015/2016.
Timeliness of Decision Notices and Avoiding Outdated Proposals
The MOHLTC did not post any decision notices in 2015/2016. The MOHLTC has no outdated proposals on the Registry.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The MOHLTC concluded one application for review in 2015/2016, denying the application. While the ministry’s denial of the application was valid and it responded to all of the applicants’ key concerns, it didn’t clearly explain its decision, and it missed the legislated timeline for making the decision by a wide margin. The MOHLTC is not prescribed for applications for investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values
N/A
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the MOHLTC in 2015/2016.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
The MOHLTC responded promptly to the ECO’s request for a letter confirming 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

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care congratulates the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario on the release of her first report card on ministries prescribed under the EBR. We welcome the feedback provided in the report card, and will continue to work to ensure we address any complex matters raised with the ministry, involving the EBR, within legislated requirements.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) – Percentage of all Policy, Act and Regulation Proposal and Decision Notices, 2015/2016:

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MOHLTC by the numbers in 2015/2016
 
MOHLTC
All Ministries
Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Posted
0
210
Total Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Reviewed by the ECO
0
401
Outdated Proposal Notices as of April 1, 2016
0
839
SEV Consideration Documents Requested by the ECO
0
194
Applications Concluded
1
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 reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care 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 Health and Long-Term Care has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

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