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2015/2016 Environmental Protection Report

Small Steps Forward

On October 26, 2016, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released Volume 1 and Volume 2 of her 2015/2016 Environmental Protection Report: Small Steps Forward, to the Ontario Legislature.

- Executive Summary
- Press Release
- Commissioner Saxe’s Remarks

- Media Conference

Volume 1: Environmental Rights (Download Volume 1)

One of the ECO’s core functions is to monitor and report on how provincial ministries that have responsibilities under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) carry out their obligations. This volume reviewed several key aspects of ministry compliance with the EBR in 2015/2016, including:

  • Release of the ECO’s first EBR report cards on ministry compliance;
  • Ministries’ use of the Environmental Registry;
  • Ministries’ co-operation with the ECO’s requests for information;
  • The government’s progress keeping the EBR in sync with environmental laws;
  • Ministries’ consideration of their Statement of Environmental Values when making environmentally significant decisions;
  • How ministries handled EBR applications for review and investigation;
  • How the public have used legal tools to enforce and protect their environmental rights;

The volume also discusses other aspects of the ECO’s work, including: successes in moving the government forward on important environmental issues in 2015/2016; the ECO’s education and outreach efforts this year; and the recipients of the 2016 ECO Recognition Award.

Volume 2: Biodiversity (Download Volume 2)

This volume of the ECO’s 2015/2016 Environmental Protection Report focuses on three significant environmental issues:




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