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 2015/2016 reporting year.

ECO Comment: While the MTCS discharged some of its relatively few EBR obligations very well, the ministry needs to make improvements in two key areas: first, by ensuring that it gives notice on the Environmental Registry of its decisions on environmentally significant proposals promptly after making the decisions, and, second, that it considers its Statement of Environmental Values and documents that consideration whenever it makes decisions that could have a significant effect on the environment. The ECO would be pleased to work with the MTCS’s EBR co-ordinator to ensure the ministry executes all of its EBR responsibilities to a high standard going forward.

Category
Result
Comments
Quality of Notices Posted on the Environmental Registry
The MTCS only posted five notices in 2015/2016, but all were of very good quality.
Timeliness of Decision Notices and Avoiding Outdated Proposals
The MTCS only posted three decision notices on the Registry in 2015/2016, and only one of those notices was posted within two weeks of the decision being made. The ministry remedied both of its outdated proposals, and as of April 1, 2016 the MTCS had no outdated proposals on the Registry.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
N/A
The MTCS is not prescribed for applications for review or investigation under the EBR.
Considering Statements of Environmental Values
The ECO requested three SEV consideration documents from the MTCS in 2015/2016. In two cases the ministry responded more than four months later, but did not provide acceptable documentation. The ministry did not respond to the ECO’s attempt to contact the ministry and explain what documentation was required. The MTCS failed to respond altogether to the ECO’s third request for an SEV consideration document.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
The MTCS 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.
Legend

Quality of performance:

Meets or exceeds expectations
Needs improvement
Unacceptable

Relative EBR Workload:

High
Medium
Low

Ministry Comments

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) appreciated the opportunity to work with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and other ministries prescribed under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights on the methodology underlying the new Report Card. All Ontarians benefit when the quality and accessibility of information on environmentally-related decisions are enhanced.

MTCS is committed to fulfilling all outstanding issues noted by ECO related to its 2015-16 Environmental Registry postings and remains committed to continuous improvement with respect to meeting all new ECO requirements, while maintaining its performance in those areas where the ministry is meeting or exceeding requirements.

MTCS appreciates the openness that the ECO has shown in terms of listening to feedback and making improvements to its own processes that will help to facilitate the ability of the ministry to meet its EBR responsibilities.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) – Percentage of all Policy, Act and Regulation Proposal and Decision Notices, 2015/2016:

MTCS-Chart

MTCS by the numbers in 2015/2016
 
MTCS
All Ministries
Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Posted
5
210
Total Proposal and Decision Notices for Policies, Acts and Regulations Reviewed by the ECO
5
401
Outdated Proposal Notices as of April 1, 2016
0
839
SEV Consideration Documents Requested by the ECO
3
194
Applications Concluded
N/A
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 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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