Worker grinding metalThe Ministry of Labour (MOL) 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 Ministry of Labour and its EBR requirements and performance.



Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) was established in 1919 with a mandate to develop and enforce labour legislation. One of the MOL's key areas of focus is occupational health and safety, which includes occupational exposure to hazardous substances and pollutants. The MOL administers the Occupational Health and Safety Act. This Act and several of the regulations and policies under it deal with controlling worker exposure to hazardous chemical, biological and physical agents in the working environment. This Act (along with its regulations), however, is not prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

In addition, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, an agency of the Ministry of Labour, is responsible for adjudicating employment and labour relations issues. The Environmental Bill of Rights provides whistleblower protection for workers who take action in respect of the environment. If an employer takes reprisals against an employee on a prohibited ground, employees may file a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

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 Labour (MOL).

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 MOL 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 MOL, 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’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 Labour's EBR report card for the 2015/2016 reporting year.

ECO Comment: The MOL has a relatively low EBR workload. There was little material with which the ECO could evaluate the MOL’s thoroughness and efficacy in discharging its EBR responsibilities, as the ministry did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry. The ECO is pleased that the MOL reaffirmed its commitment to the EBR. Going forward, the MOL is encouraged to continue to co-operate with ECO requests for information, ensure that it posts clearly written and sufficiently detailed notices of any environmentally significant proposals on the Environmental Registry for public consultation; give prompt notice of its decisions on such proposals on the Registry; and consider its Statement of Environmental Values when making those decisions.

Quality of Notices Posted on the Environmental Registry
The MOL did not post any notices in 2015/2016.
Timeliness of Decision Notices and Avoiding Outdated Proposals
The MOL did not post any decision notices in 2015/2016. The MOL has no outdated proposals on the Registry.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The MOL is not prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the MOL in 2015/2016.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
The MOL responded promptly to the ECO’s sole request this year with a letter confirming its commitment to the EBR and the ministry’s statutory obligations contained therein.
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.

Quality of performance:

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement

Relative EBR Workload:


Ministry Comment

The Ministry of Labour is pleased to express its continued commitment to the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) and its Statement of Environmental Values (SEV). The Ministry of Labour will continue to work with the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to ensure that the ministry is meeting its obligations under both the EBR and its SEV to help protect and conserve the environment.

Ministry of Labour (MOL) – Percentage of all Policy, Act and Regulation Proposal and Decision Notices, 2015/2016:


MOL by the numbers in 2015/2016
All Ministries
Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Posted
Total Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Reviewed by the ECO
Outdated Proposal Notices as of April 1, 2016
SEV Consideration Documents Requested by the ECO
Applications Concluded

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 annual reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Ministry of Labour 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 Labour has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

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