Three women walking on a trail in a forestThe Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) 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 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 Statements of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Tourism and 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 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 Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)

ECO Comment: The MTCS has a relatively low EBR workload; however, this year, the MTCS’s single notice on the Environmental Registry was of very good quality and was up to date. The ECO encourages the MTCS 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.

Category
Result
Trend
Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
No Change in Trend icon
The MTCS posted just one proposal notice on the Environmental Registry in 2017/2018. That notice was well written, easy to understand and included a link to the proposed policy document.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
The MTCS is not required to post instrument notices on the Environmental Registry.
Promptness of posting decision notices on the Environmental Registry
N/A
N/A
The MTCS did not post any decision notices in 2017/2018.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
No Change in Trend icon
The MTCS only had one open proposal on the Environmental Registry at the end of the reporting year, and that notice was up to date.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The MTCS is not prescribed for applications for review under the EBR. No acts or instruments administered by the MTCS are prescribed for applications for investigation under the EBR.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
The MTCS is not prescribed for applications for review under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs)
N/A
N/A
The ECO did not request proof of SEV consideration from the MTCS in 2017/2018.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
No Change in Trend icon
The ECO had limited contact with the MTCS in 2017/2018, but the ministry did respond to a request from the ECO’s climate change team to explain how the ministry incorporates climate change considerations into its decision making.
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Quality of Performance

Meets or exceeds expectations and legal obligations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable: failure to comply with legal obligations and/or frustrating environmental rights granted to the public by the EBR
Not prescribed for this category of EBR performance
N/A
Not applicable (the ministry did not carry out any responsibilities under this category in 2017/2018)

Trend

Overall quality of performance has improved since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance has improved since 2016/2017
Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance unchanged since 2016/2017
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2016/2017 icon
Overall quality of performance has declined since 2016/2017
 
Not prescribed for this category of EBR performance
N/A
Not applicable (the ministry did not carry out any responsibilities under this category in 2016/2017)

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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