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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If you live in Ontario, you’re really fortunate. Because you have environmental rights.

The Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) is based on a key insight: decisions that affect the environment are too important to leave entirely to government. While it's primarily the Ontario government’s job to protect, conserve and restore the natural environment, Ontarians have the right to participate in – and hold the government accountable for – decisions that significantly affect the environment.

Image of a leaf with "EBR (Environmental Bill of Rights) 25"February 15, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the Environmental Bill of Rights, which created the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). For 25 years, Commissioners and their staff helped thousands of Ontarians to understand and navigate environmental issues, laws and regulations, and provided the public with reliable, fact-based, non-partisan reports on energy, environmental protection and climate change. Check out these educational materials on environmental rights in Ontario.

Gord Downie headshot

“This is our air and our water, these things belong to us. Every licence to pollute, every environmental impact, must be considered carefully and publicly. These are our environmental rights, rights as important as any others, rights that must be respected.”

Gord Downie (1964-2017), member of The Tragically Hip and user of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights


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