Statement of Environmental Values: Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
The Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) was proclaimed in February 1994. The founding principles of the EBR are stated in its Preamble:
While the government has the primary responsibility for achieving this goal, Ontarians should have the means to ensure that it is achieved in an effective, timely, open and fair manner.
These purposes include the following:
To assist in fulfilling these purposes, the Act provides:
The EBR requires a Statement of Environmental Values from all designated ministries. The designated ministries are listed at:
Statements of Environmental Values (SEV) are a means for designated government ministries to record their commitment to the environment and be accountable for ensuring consideration of the environment in their decisions. A SEV explains:
It is each Minister's responsibility to take every reasonable step to ensure that the SEV is considered whenever decisions that might significantly affect the environment are made in the Ministry.
2. MINISTRY VISION, MANDATE AND BUSINESS
Key responsibilities in fulfilling this mandate include:
Specific details on the Ministry's activities can be found on the Ministry website: http://www.ontario.ca/page/about-ministry-economic-development-employment-and-infrastructure
3. APPLICATION OF THE SEV
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is committed to applying the purposes of the EBR when decisions that might significantly affect the environment need to be made within the Ministry, and as it develops Acts, regulations and policies.
4. INTEGRATION WITH OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure will promote an innovative, competitive economy supported by modern infrastructure as well as manage the Province's realty portfolio and maintain oversight of Infrastructure Ontario, in a manner that is sustainable to the environment. The Ministry will take into account social, economic and other considerations; these will be integrated with the purposes of the EBR when decisions that might significantly affect the environment need to be made.
5. MONITORING USE OF THE SEV
The Ministry will ensure that staff involved in decisions that might significantly affect the environment are aware of the Ministry's Environmental Bill of Rights obligations.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure believes that public consultation is vital to sound environmental decision-making. The Ministry will endeavour to provide opportunities for appropriate consultations, including with affected industries, and technical and environmental experts, when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment.
7. CONSIDERATION OF ABORIGINAL PEOPLES
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure recognizes the value that Aboriginal people place on the environment. When making decisions that might significantly affect the environment, the Ministry will provide opportunities for involvement of Aboriginal people whose interests may be affected by such decisions so that Aboriginal interests can be appropriately considered. This commitment is not intended to alter or detract from any constitutional obligation the province may have to consult with Aboriginal peoples.
8. GREENING OF INTERNAL OPERATIONS AND ENERGY CONSERVATION
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure believes in the wise use and conservation of natural resources. The Ministry will cooperate and share knowledge with other Ministries in support of Government of Ontario initiatives to conserve energy and water, and to wisely use our air and land resources in order to generate environmental, health and economic benefits for present and future generations.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is committed to reducing its environmental footprint by greening its internal operations. The Ministry will support environmentally sustainable practices among its partners, stakeholder and suppliers as well as government-wide greening and sustainability initiatives.