Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) is one of 17 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.
The Treasury Board Secretariat is responsible for leading internal waste reduction, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction efforts across the entire government.
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. As a newly prescribed ministry, the TBS is now required to develop a draft SEV, consult the public, and finalize it by April 2017.
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.
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.
The ECO evaluates prescribed ministries’ performance under the EBR. Here is the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's EBR report card for the 2016/2017 reporting year.
ECO Comment: The TBS is a newly prescribed ministry and, to date, there is little material with which the ECO can evaluate the TBS’s EBR performance. Nevertheless, we are pleased that the ministry has so far performed its few EBR obligations well by posting a high quality notice of its Statement of Environmental Values on the Environmental Registry. The ECO also commends the TBS for amending its draft Statement of Environmental Values in response to comments from the ECO to specify that climate change mitigation and adaptation will be part of the government decision-making process. Going forward, the ECO encourages the TBS to ensure that its decision notices clearly state the date that the decision was made so that the ECO may determine whether the decision notice was posted as soon as reasonably possible, as required by the EBR. The ECO is happy to report that the TBS’s EBR co-ordinator attended an EBR compliance information session in September 2016. Going forward, the ECO encourages the TBS to contact our office for any assistance in understanding and complying with its EBR responsibilities, including: co-operating with ECO requests for information; posting clearly written and sufficiently detailed notices of any environmentally significant proposals on the Environmental Registry for public consultation; giving prompt notice of its decisions on such proposals on the Registry; and considering its Statement of Environmental Values when making those decisions.
Quality of Performance
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.
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
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.
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.