Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) is one of 15 Ontario ministries that are 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 Treasury Board Secretariat and its EBR requirements and performance.

Key Environmental Aspects of Treasury Board Secretariat's Mandate

The Treasury Board Secretariat is responsible for leading internal waste reduction, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction efforts across the entire government.

Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Requirements

Statement of Environmental Values

Each ministry that is prescribed under the 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 Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).

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 TBS 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.

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 TBS, 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.  TBS does not yet have a commitment letter as it became prescribed under the EBR in July 2016.

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

Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS)

ECO Comment: The TBS has a relatively low EBR workload. There was little material with which the ECO could evaluate the TBS’s execution of its EBR responsibilities in 2017/2018, as it did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry. The ECO was pleased that TBS staff reached out to ECO staff for guidance on EBR compliance matters. The ECO encourages the TBS to ensure that it considers its EBR responsibilities whenever the TBS’ work could have a significant effect on the environment. In particular, the ECO urges the TBS to respond fully and promptly to requests for information from the ECO in the future.

Category
Result
Trend
Comments
Quality of notices for policies, acts and regulations posted on the Environmental Registry
N/A
N/A
The TBS did not post any policy, act or regulation notices in 2017/2018.
Quality of notices for instruments posted on the Environmental Registry
The TBS 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 TBS did not post any decision notices in 2017/2018.
Keeping notices on the Environmental Registry up to date
N/A
N/A
The TBS did not have any open proposals on the Environmental Registry at the end of 2017/2018.
Handling of Applications for Review and Investigation
The TBS is not prescribed for applications for review under the EBR. No acts or instruments administered by the TBS are prescribed for applications for investigation under the EBR.
Avoiding overdue applications for review
The TBS 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 TBS in 2017/2018.
Co-operation with ECO Requests
No Change in Trend icon
The TBS responded to several requests by the ECO’s climate change team for information and a briefing. However, the TBS was slow in responding to some requests, necessitating follow up by ECO staff. The TBS only became subject to the EBR relatively recently, and the ECO understands that this may have contributed to some responses to requests being delayed (e.g., due to co-ordination of information from various program areas and the TBS' internal approvals process). However, going forward the ECO strongly encourages the TBS to respond promptly and helpfully to the ECO’s information requests.
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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 reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Treasury Board Secretariat does not have any outstanding ECO recommendations

EBR Success Stories

In 2014, the government made the Treasury Board Secretariat a stand-alone body, ending its direct affiliation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. This change had the effect of making the Treasury Board Secretariat no longer subject to the EBR. In our 2014/2015 Annual Report, the ECO urged the MOECC to work with the Treasury Board Secretariat to prescribe it under the EBR. In July 2016, TBS became prescribed under the EBR.

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 Treasury Board Secretariat has not yet been the recipient of the ECO Recognition Award.

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