Proposing a Statement of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

ERO number
019-0629
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
November 6, 2019 - December 6, 2019 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
November 6, 2019
to December 6, 2019

Decision summary

The Ministry of Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has updated its Statement of Environmental Values to incorporate changes to the ministry's name, structure and mandate.

Decision details

Decision on policy

The final Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has been posted.

We updated the SEV to incorporate changes to the ministry's name, structure, and mandate.

Comments received

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Effects of consultation

The comments received indicated general support of the proposed Statement of Environmental Values. 

Summary of Comments:

One comment suggested wording changes and additions that better reflect the concepts and language used in the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement, as well as to recognize the recent report of Ontario’s Special Advisor on Flooding. The other comment suggested that the SEV consider all aspects of the environment, including natural, social, economic, cultural and built conditions.

All comments received were considered by the ministry and changes were made in Section 3 (Application of the SEV) and Section 4 (Integration With Other Considerations) to incorporate appropriate new language informed by the comments where necessary.

A copy of all comments are available for public viewing by contacting the Contact person listed in this notice.

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Toronto, ON
M5G 2E5
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Original proposal

ERO number
019-0629
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993
Posted by
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Proposal posted

Comment period

November 6, 2019 - December 6, 2019 (30 days)

Proposal details

Proposal details

MMAH is proposing to introduce an updated SEV. In doing so, the proposed individual SEVs of the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the former Ministry of Housing would be replaced with a new SEV reflecting the present structure of the ministry.

The Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) is unique legislation and an important tool in environmental protection. It establishes mechanisms to ensure the public is informed, engaged and consulted on matters of environmental significance, as well as to provide for government accountability in environmental decision-making. The EBR requires that each ministry prescribed under the act develop and publish a SEV specific to the work of that ministry. A SEV is a ministry’s statement of environmental principles and a guidance document directing the minister and ministry staff as they make decisions regarding policies, acts, regulations and instruments that might affect the environment.

The EBR requires that the SEV explain:

  • how the purposes of the act are to be applied when decisions that might significantly affect the environment are made in the ministry; and
  • how consideration of the purposes of the act should be integrated with other considerations, including social, economic and scientific considerations, that are part of decision-making in the ministry.

On April 1, 2019, the regulation under the EBR was amended to reflect the replacement of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The ministry is proposing a SEV to:

  • Meet the requirement that ministries subject to the EBR prepare a SEV;
  • Reflect changes in the ministry structure and mandate;
  • Affirm the important role of Indigenous peoples’ participation in ministry decision-making;
  • Acknowledge the priority of addressing a changing climate;
  • Reflect the government’s A Made in Ontario Environment Plan; and
  • Ensure that the language used in the SEV is consistent with the language used in the EBR.

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

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Corporate Services Branch
Address

777 Bay Street
17th floor
Toronto, ON
M5G 2E5
Canada

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Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from November 6, 2019
to December 6, 2019

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