Not all projects require a terms of reference (ToR) and environmental assessment (EA). There are some groups or classes of projects that are carried out routinely and have predictable environmental effects that can be readily managed. These types of projects can follow a self-assessment process that is more streamlined.
This streamlined process provides a more efficient, timely, economic and environmentally-responsible approach. Public consultation is mandatory and contact should be made directly with the proponent for the project.
The level of assessment required is based on the nature of the project and the potential for environmental effects.
Projects within a streamlined process are:
Streamlined EA processes include a process where any interested person, that has significant environmental concerns about a project, may request a higher level of EA study.
Streamlined self-assessment EA processes in Ontario include: