Three women walking on a trail in a forestThe Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) is one of 17 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 MTCS and its EBR requirements and performance.

 

 

Key Environmental Aspects of the Ministry's Mandate

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) has several environmentally significant responsibilities, including its oversight of Ontario’s Trails Strategy and the Ontario Heritage Trust, which undertakes land acquisition.

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. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport does not have a current Statement of Environmental Values that reflects the 2010 merger of two previous ministries (the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture). Read the Statement of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Tourism and the Statement of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Culture.

Public Notice and Consultation

Each ministry prescribed under the EBR is required to consult the public on certain environmentally significant proposals via the Environmental Registry. Specifically, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport 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 Ontario Heritage Act is subject to the EBR’s notice and consultation requirements. This means that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport must consult the public on any proposal to make or amend a regulation made under this 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 MTCS, 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 Tourism, Culture and Sport's EBR report card for the 2016/2017 reporting year.

ECO Comment: The MTCS discharged some of its EBR obligations very well this year, maintaining a high quality in both of its notices posted on the Environmental Registry and making significant improvements in responding to the ECO’s requests for proof of consideration of its Statement of Environmental Values. Again this year the MTCS did not have any outdated notices on the Environmental Registry. However, the ministry should make a greater effort to give the public prompt notice of its decisions.

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Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
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The MTCS posted two decisions in 2016/2017, maintaining its high quality of notices in both cases. In particular, the MTCS provided excellent summaries of public comments submitted on the corresponding proposals, and how the ministry’s final decisions related/responded to those comments.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
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N/A
The MTCS is not required to post instrument notices on the Environmental Registry.
Promptness of posting decision notices on the Environmental Registry
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The MTCS did not post either of its decision notices within 2 weeks of making the decision; while notice of one decision was posted within 4 weeks, it took the ministry 3 months to give notice of the other.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
N/A
N/A
The MTCS did not have any open proposals on the Environmental Registry at the end of 2016/2017.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
N/A
N/A
The MTCS is not currently prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
N/A
N/A
The MTCS is not currently prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs)
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The ECO requested proof of SEV consideration from the MTCS for both of the decisions that the ministry posted in 2016/2017. In both cases the ministry promptly supplied the ECO with SEV consideration documents.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
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The ECO did not make any specific information requests of the MTCS in the 2016/2017 reporting year. However, the MTCS’s EBR co-ordinators attended an EBR compliance information session at the ECO’s offices in September 2016.
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 the reporting year.
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Quality of Performance

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable

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Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2015/2016
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Overall quality of performance has improved since 2015/2016
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Overall quality of performance has declined since 2015/2016

Ministry Comments

No comment provided by the ministry.

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 2016/2017 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 Tourism, Culture and Sport 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. In 2008, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport received the ECO Recognition Award for its Zero Waste Events at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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