The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quality of performance:
Relative EBR Workload:
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:
MOHLTC by the numbers in 2015/2016
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.
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.
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.