Updating the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ Statement of Environmental Values

ERO number
019-3116
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993
Posted by
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
February 9, 2021 - March 26, 2021 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
February 9, 2021
to March 26, 2021

Decision summary

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) updated its Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) in order to reflect the changes to the ministry structure, as well as to acknowledge the priority of addressing climate change.

Decision details

MGCS updated its SEV to:

  • Meet the requirement around the SEV in the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR)
  • Reflect changes in the ministry structure
  • 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

 

Comments received

Through the registry

2

By email

1

By mail

0
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Effects of consultation

Public consultation on the proposal for this decision was provided for 45 Days, from February 9, 2021 – March 26, 2021. The ministry received two comments within the consultation period, one from an individual and one from an organization. The ministry did not make any additional changes to our updated SEV as a result of the comments.

Public Input

An individual suggested that there is no transparency provided to Ontarians about what the changes to the SEV are, as the only supporting documentation provided is the previous SEV and its explanation.

Ministry Response

The ministry thanks this individual for participating in the online consultation. The ministry outlined the proposed changes to our SEV in the “proposal details” section of the proposal on the Environmental Registry. Ontarians could also review the ministry’s previous SEV online to compare with the current proposal.

Public Input

An organization representing Ontario’s farming community and agri-food sector commented that agriculture is an integral part on the environment and has social, economic and scientific components that should be considered during decision-making.

Ministry Response

The ministry thanks this organization for participating in the online consultation. The proposed SEV reflects that the ministry “will take into account environmental considerations together with social, economic and scientific considerations. These considerations will be integrated with the purposes of the EBR when decisions that might significantly affect the environment need to be made.” The ministry acknowledges the importance of Ontario’s agricultural and agri-food sector. When making future decisions, the ministry will consider environmental impacts to these industries.

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Corporate Coordination Unit
Address

777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M5B2H7
Canada

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Alexandra Radley

Office
Corporate Coordination Unit
Address

777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M5B2H7
Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-3116
Notice type
Policy
Act
Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993
Posted by
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Proposal posted

Comment period

February 9, 2021 - March 26, 2021 (45 days)

Proposal details

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is proposing a new Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) in order to reflect the changes to the ministry structure, as well as to acknowledge the priority of addressing climate change.

The Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) is a piece of legislation that is an important tool in environmental protection. The EBR establishes mechanisms to ensure the public is informed, engaged and consulted on matters of environmental significance. It also provides for accountability in environmental decision-making in the government.

As MGCS is a prescribed ministry under the EBR, the ministry is required to develop and publish a SEV based on the work in MGCS. The SEV is required to outline:

  • How MGCS will apply the EBR when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment.
  • 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

MGCS is proposing a new SEV to:

  • Meet the requirement around the SEV in the EBR;
  • Update the SEV to reflect changes in the ministry structure;
  • 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

Supporting materials

View materials in person

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

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Corporate Coordination Unit
Address

777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M5B2H7
Canada

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from February 9, 2021
to March 26, 2021

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Contact

Alexandra Radley

Office
Corporate Coordination Unit
Address

777 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M5B2H7
Canada