The Environmental Registry consultation process

Learn how to consult with the Government of Ontario through the registry on matters that affect the environment.

Your rights

You have the right to comment on certain things we’re proposing to do that might affect the environment. This can be things that affect the air, water and soil in Ontario.

You have this ability through the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Read more about your rights on the Environmental Commissioner’s website.

Giving notice

We let you know about what we’re planning on doing through the Environmental Registry. We call this giving notice.

Notices on the registry

We give notice on the registry for changes to or new:

There are 17 government ministries that need to post their environmental acts, regulations, policies and instruments on the registry.

Note: for now, only notices for policies, acts and regulations will be on this site. Instrument, exception and information notices will still be posted on the old registry.

Notice stages

The stages that most notices go through on the registry include:

  1. proposal
  2. review
  3. decision

Almost all go through these stages, except for information and exception notices. Some decisions can be appealed.

Proposal stage

Most notices are in the proposal stage when we first post them on the registry.

It’s called a proposal because we’re proposing to change or make a new act, regulation, policy or instrument that could affect the environment.

Most of our proposals:

  • say what we’re wanting to do
  • give the details
  • link to supporting material
  • provide the option to comment

The comment period

You can comment on our proposals for a minimum of 30 days. We call this the comment period.

You can submit your comment within the comment period online through the Environmental Registry.

Each notice has information on how you can comment. It also has the contact details of a person you can speak to if you have any questions.

Your privacy

Your comment will become part of the public record when you submit it to us.

You must not include personal information, like a:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number

Your comment will still be part of the public record if it contains personal information. However, it won’t be posted on the registry for others to see.

Review stage

We review all the comments we receive and consider them before making a decision.

It’s important to know that we consider the content of the comments as more important than the number of comments we receive.

We’ll also decide whether your comment can be posted for others to see. We will not post your comment if it:

  • contains inappropriate or offensive content (language or links)
  • is off topic
  • contains personal information

Our decision will be noted in the comment status.

Please review our comment and privacy policies and Terms of Use for more detailed information on using the Environmental Registry of Ontario.

There is no time limit for the review stage.

Decision stage

We post our decision and the approved comments made on our proposal after we finish our review.

In our decision, we let you know:

  • how your comments were taken into consideration
  • the number of comments we received
  • our decision on what we’re doing

Appeal a decision

You may be able to appeal our decision on certain instruments. We’ll let you know how when we post our decision.