The new Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is currently developing a new Statement of Environmental Values.
Statement of Environmental Values: Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
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.
The purposes of the EBR are:
These purposes include the following:
To assist in fulfilling these purposes, the EBR provides:
The EBR requires a Statement of Environmental Values (SEV) from all prescribed ministries. The prescribed ministries are listed at:
The SEV is 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. An 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.
Every five years the Minister will review the SEV and make any necessary amendments.
2. MINISTRY VISION, MANDATE AND BUSINESS
The mandate of the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade is to help to grow a strong, innovative economy that provides jobs and prosperity for all Ontarians, in a manner that supports both economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. Key responsibilities in fulfilling this mandate include:
Specific details on the Ministry’s activities and goals can be found on the Ministry website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-economic-development-and-growth https://www.ontario.ca/page/september-2016-mandate- letter-economic-development-and-growth
3. APPLICATION OF THE SEV
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 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, Job Creation and Trade will promote an innovative, competitive economy in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and supports the Province’s commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Ministry will take into account social, economic and other considerations; these will be integrated with the purposes of the EBR when making decisions that might significantly affect the environment.
5. MONITORING USE OF THE SEV
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade will document how the SEV was considered each time a decision on an act, regulation, or policy or instrument is posted on the Environmental Registry. The Ministry will ensure that staff involved in decisions that might significantly affect the environment is aware of the Ministry’s Environmental Bill of Rights obligations.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 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. CLIMATE CHANGE
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade believes that the public interest requires a broad effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to build a cleaner and more resilient province. The Ministry will continue to involve and engage individuals, businesses, communities, municipalities, non-governmental organizations and First Nation and Métis communities in the ultimate goal of fostering a high-productivity, resilient, low-carbon economy and society in Ontario.
8. CONSIDERATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade recognizes the value that Indigenous people place on the environment. When making decisions that might significantly affect the environment, the Ministry will provide opportunities for involvement of Indigenous people whose interests may be affected by such decisions so that Indigenous 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 Indigenous people.
9. GREENING OF INTERNAL OPERATIONS AND ENERGY CONSERVATION
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 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, Job Creation and Trade 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