Updating the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines’ Statement of Environmental Values

ERO number
019-0256
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
June 29, 2019 - July 29, 2019 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
June 29, 2019
to July 29, 2019

Decision summary

We have updated Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines’ Statement of Environmental Values to replace those of the former Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.

Decision details

On December 31, 2019, we decided to update our Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) to reflect the present structure of the ministry. The updated SEV also updates our vision and mandate and includes a new section on climate change mitigation and adaptation, to better reflect the government’s Environment Plan commitments.

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Effects of consultation

We posted our SEV proposal for a 30-day public review and comment period starting June 29, 2019. As a result of the public comments received, we have made changes our SEV to reflect the ministry’s work in supporting Aboriginal consultation and the consideration of mitigation strategies during the development of mineral resources to address long-term effects on the environment, as appropriate.

Comments which suggested altering key words in the SEV were taken into consideration. Where the proposed changes were inconsistent with the language used in the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993  (EBR), the changes were not incorporated. A further suggestion included changing the SEV to include conducting consultations with affected Indigenous communities at the earliest proposal request, so that broader interests can be considered appropriately. ENDM feels that the SEV is consistent with both early engagement and engagement with all levels of government. The document focuses on high-level language emphasizing the importance of engagement with all communities.

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-0256
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Proposal posted

Comment period

June 29, 2019 - July 29, 2019 (30 days)

Proposal details

ENDM is proposing to introduce an updated SEV. In doing so, the current individual SEVs of the former Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Northern Development and Mines would be replaced with a merged SEV reflecting the present structure of the Ministry.

The Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) establishes ways to ensure the public is informed, engaged and consulted on matters of environmental significance. This makes government accountability in environmental decision-making better. The purposes of the EBR are:

  • to protect, conserve and, where reasonable, restore the integrity of the environment by the means provided in the Act;
  • to provide sustainability of the environment by the means provided in the Act; and
  • to protect the right to a healthful environment by the means provided in the Act.

The EBR requires that prescribed ministries, including ENDM, prepare SEVs that explain:

  • how environmental principles will be incorporated in decisions made by a prescribed ministry which might significantly affect the environment; and
  • how consideration of the purposes of the EBR should be integrated with other considerations, including social, economic, Indigenous, and scientific considerations, that are part of decision-making in the ministry.

On June 29, 2018, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, were merged to form ENDM.

On April 1, 2019, amendments to the regulations under the EBR were introduced to reflect the merger of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, into ENDM.

ENDM has drafted a proposed SEV to reflect the present structure of the new ministry, which is available below. ENDM is required to finalize the SEV and post it on the Environmental Registry of Ontario prior to January 1, 2020.

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Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from June 29, 2019
to July 29, 2019

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