Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of Ministry names?

Since the Environmental Bill of Rights came into force in 1994, Ontario Ministry names and mandates have changed in order to better implement the Province's mandate.

For historical purpose, this page outlines the current ministry names and what they were previously known as. The Environmental Registry search feature is designed to find all notices including those posted under a previous name.

History of Ministry Names
Current Ministry NamePreviously Known as
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs No previous name
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

  • Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
  • Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal
Ministry of Education No previous name
Ministry of Energy
  • Ministry of Energy Science and Technology
  • Ministry of the Environment and Energy
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Ministry of the Environment
  • Ministry of the Environment and Energy
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
  • Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations
  • Ministry of Government Services
  • Management Board Secretariat
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Ministry of Health
Ministry of Labour No previous name
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Ministry of Housing
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Ministry of Natural Resources
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
  • Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Ministry of Culture
  • Ministry of Tourism and Recreation
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation
Ministry of Transportation No previous name