Update to the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries’ Statement of Environmental Values

ERO number
019-2396
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
September 11, 2020 - October 11, 2020 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
September 11, 2020
to October 11, 2020

Decision summary

The Statements of Environmental Values of the former Ministries of Culture and Tourism have been replaced with a single Statement of Environmental Values for the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries that reflects MHSTCI’s name, structure and mandate.

Decision details

MHSTCI’s Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) reflects a consolidation of MHSTCI’s mandates 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

MHSTCI posted its SEV proposal for a 30-day public review and comment period starting September 11, 2020. A comment which suggested altering key words and phrases in the SEV was taken into consideration. As the proposed changes were inconsistent with the language used in the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR), the changes were not incorporated.

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-2396
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Proposal posted

Comment period

September 11, 2020 - October 11, 2020 (30 days)

Proposal details

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI) is proposing an updated Statement of Environmental Values (SEV). The updated SEV will replace the proposed individual SEVs of the former Ministry of Culture and the former Ministry of Tourism and will reflect 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
  • 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

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries 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 Made in Ontario Environment Plan
  • ensure that the language used in the SEV is consistent with the language used in the EBR

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Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from September 11, 2020
to October 11, 2020

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