The Environmental Bill of Rights
Your Environment, Your Rights
In February 1994, Ontarians got a groundbreaking new law: the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR). This law affirms that Ontario residents have a right to know about —and have a say in — decisions that affect the environment. The law also created a set of tools to provide public participation, transparency and accountability in the government’s decision-making process. These tools include applications for review and investigation, the Environmental Registry, and the position of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
In February 2014, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the EBR. To mark the event, my office produced a new promotional booklet, The Environmental Bill of Rights at 20: Your Environment, Your Rights. The booklet describes the rights that all Ontarians enjoy under the EBR. It also shares inspiring stories of individuals and groups who have used the EBR to improve environmental protection in the province.