The Guidelines support implementation of the REA regulation by establishing provincial guidance on identifying and addressing potential negative effects on birds and bird habitats during the planning, construction and operation of onshore wind power projects.
MNR’s Guideline to Assist in the Review of Wind Power Proposals: Potential Impacts to Birds and Bird Habitats (August, 2007) no longer applies to wind power projects being reviewed under the Renewable Energy Approval regulation (O.Reg. 359/09). As interim direction until final Guidelines are approved, the criteria and procedures identified in these Guidelines will be deemed to be acceptable by MNR for wind power projects reviewed under the REA regulation (O.Reg. 359/09).
The following weblinks provide supporting information about this notice:
Birds and Bird Habitats: Guidelines for Wind Power Projects
Significant Wildlife Habitat Technical Guide (Ministry of Natural Resources)
Additional information related to the approval process for renewable energy projects is available at:
Approval and Permitting Requirements Document (Ministry of Natural Resources)
Renewable Energy Approval regulation (Ministry of the Environment)
Additional background information on the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, is available at the following websites:
Green Energy Act website:
Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure website:
Ministry of the Environment website: