The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) is one of 15 Ontario ministries that is 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 the MTCS and its EBR requirements and performance.
Statement of Environmental Values
Each ministry that is prescribed under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) is required to develop a Statement of Environmental Values to guide ministry staff when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport does not have a current Statement of Environmental Values that reflects the 2010 merger of two previous ministries (the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture). Read the Statements of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture.
Public Notice and Consultation
Each ministry prescribed under the EBR is required to consult the public on certain environmentally significant proposals via the Environmental Registry. Specifically, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport 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.
In addition, the Ontario Heritage Act is subject to the EBR’s notice and consultation requirements. This means that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport must consult the public on any proposal to make or amend a regulation made under this 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 MTCS, 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. Read the ministry’s recommitment to the Environmental Bill of Rights.
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
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)
ECO Comment: The MTCS has a relatively low EBR workload; however, this year, the MTCS’s single notice on the Environmental Registry was of very good quality and was up to date. The ECO encourages the MTCS to continue to ensure that it considers its EBR responsibilities whenever the ministry’s work could have a significant effect on the environment, and to respond promptly to any requests for information from the ECO.
Quality of Performance
In our annual reports, the ECO makes recommendations to improve EBR compliance and environmental protection. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport does not have any outstanding ECO recommendations.
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. In 2008, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport received the ECO Recognition Award for its Zero Waste Events at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.