The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has updated some of its existing Environmental Assessment (EA) program guidance materials to make administrative changes and clarifications and to bring the guidance materials up to date with current provincial policy.
The revisions are primarily administrative in nature (corrections to ministries’ names, using consistent terminology, etc.) and include adding in language that supports/strengthens MOE developments/updates in other program/policy areas e.g. the Green Energy Act and the associated renewable energy approvals regulation; source water protection; climate change, MOE’s Statement of Environmental Values. The final documents can be seen on the Environmental Assessment internet webpage.
Ontario is committed to protecting the environment by considering the benefits of projects as well as the possible impacts to Ontario's environment.
Under the Environmental Assessment Act, the environmental assessment (EA) program promotes good environmental planning by determining and managing the potential effects of a project prior to implementation.
The EA program ensures that public concerns are heard. EA balances economic, social, cultural and natural environmental needs so that projects benefit Ontario.
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The EA program generally does not apply to the private sector. However, sometimes private firms are required by a regulation or may voluntarily go through an EA process.
Public consultation is mandatory and the public is encouraged to get involved in an EA process.