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Open for Comment: Keeping the EBR in Sync

Ministries are sometimes restructured and given new names; ministries also frequently pass new legislation. To stay relevant and functioning, the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) and its regulations must be kept up to date with these changes. On October 3, 2016 the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) posted a notice on the Environmental Registry (#012-8654) outlining proposed administrative changes to the regulations under the EBR. This proposal notice will be open for a 45-day public comment period – until November 17, 2016.

The MOECC proposes to amend the EBR’s General Regulation (O. Reg. 73/94) to prescribe three new acts under the EBR. This amendment, if passed, would require the MOECC to use the Environmental Registry to consult the public on decisions to make, amend or revoke regulations under these three acts that could have a significant effect on the environment. The proposed prescribed acts are: the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016; Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016; and Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016. The MOECC also proposes to remove the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 from the General Regulation as it will be repealed and replaced upon the passing of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016.

The proposal also includes administrative changes to the General Regulation and the Instrument Classification Regulation (O. Reg. 681/94) to amend the names of restructured ministries. The former Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Ministry of Economic Development and Infrastructure, have been changed to the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing, and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Infrastructure, respectively. These proposed amendments reflect the name changes by the Ontario Government on June 13, 2016.

For more information on these changes to the EBR, read the proposal notice on the Environmental Registry.

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