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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The Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) gives all Ontarians certain environmental rights. That means that all of us – ordinary citizens, students, politicians, policymakers, business people and activists – have legal rights and formal procedures for participating in environmental matters.

Here are some guides, educational materials and forms to help you learn more about, and exercise, your environmental rights.


ebr_thumbnailCheck out The Environmental Bill of Rights: Your Environment, Your Rights. This easy-to-read booklet describes your rights and shares the stories of Ontarians who have used their environmental rights to improve environmental protection in the province.

Educational Materials

ebr_thumbnailFebruary 15, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the Environmental Bill of Rights, which created the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. These materials are intended to help create educational displays on the past and future of environmental rights. Use them in libraries, schools and workplaces to increase awareness around events like Earth Day and Earth Hour.

  • Under the EBR, you can submit an Application for Review, asking the Ontario government for a new environmental policy, act or regulation, or for changes to existing ones.
  • Under the EBR, you can submit an Application for Investigation, asking the government to investigate violations of an environmental act, regulation or instrument.
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