As of April 1, 2019, the ECO became part of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. This change occurred under the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018.

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Under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), several Ontario ministries must consider comments from the public when making decisions that could significantly affect the environment. All of these ministries must also consider their Statements of Environmental Values (SEVs). Some ministries are also subject to requests for review and requests for investigation.

Click on a ministry to learn about its obligations and performance under the EBR:

For Ministry Staff

Provincial ministries have the primary responsibility for implementing the EBR. Specifically, prescribed ministries are required to:

  • Consider their Statement of Environmental Values when making environmentally significant decisions;
  • Post notice on the Environmental Registry of environmentally significant acts, regulations, policies or instruments that are
    prescribed under the EBR;
  • Consider public input when making a decision on a proposal that has been posted on the Environmental Registry;
  • Consider public requests made under the EBR to change or create environmental policies, acts or regulations; and
  • Consider public requests made under the EBR to investigate alleged contraventions of environmental laws.

Ministry staff can find guidance on complying with EBR responsibilities in the ECO's EBR Guidance for Ministry Staff

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