Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) is one of 15 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. Read the Statement of Environmental Values of the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).
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 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
Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS)
ECO Comment: The TBS has a relatively low EBR workload. There was little material with which the ECO could evaluate the TBS’s execution of its EBR responsibilities in 2017/2018, as it did not post any notices on the Environmental Registry. The ECO was pleased that TBS staff reached out to ECO staff for guidance on EBR compliance matters. The ECO encourages the TBS to ensure that it considers its EBR responsibilities whenever the TBS’ work could have a significant effect on the environment. In particular, the ECO urges the TBS to respond fully and promptly to requests for information from the ECO in the future.
Quality of Performance
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.