The Ministry of the Environment has a responsibility to protect Ontario's environment. Part of that responsibility is applying the laws of Ontario that set standards and limits for business and industry - laws that are aimed at minimizing or eliminating the effects they have on the environment.
Business and industry drive Ontario's economy. The ministry supports businesses by educating the business community about Ontario's environmental laws and by making compliance with those laws as easy as possible.
The ministry also promotes environmental leadership in business and industry, and rewards Ontario businesses that go a step beyond compliance - businesses that are becoming sustainable through efficiency and innovation. The ministry supports their environmental stewardship with specialized programs and services that recognize and highlight their efforts.