On January 11, 2012 the ministry posted the Draft Guide to Applying for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for 90 days.
As part of implementing the new risk-based approvals program, applicants can apply for an ECA for multiple activities and projects in multiple media under a single ECA Application.
The new approvals framework became operational on October 31, 2011.
The framework has two processes:
Self-Registration Process (Environmental Activity & Sector Registry - EASR) for persons engaging in prescribed activities that would register the activity in the EASR and operate in accordance with specified regulatory requirements.
Approvals Process (Environmental Compliance Approval) for persons engaging in activities mentioned in ss.9(1) and 27(1) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and ss.53(1) of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and which are not prescribed for the purposes of the EASR. Such persons are required to obtain an environmental compliance approval (ECA) which may be issued by a Director in the Ministry after a detailed technical review of an application for approval and public comment.
The Guide to Applying for an Environmental Compliance Approval
As of October 31, 2011 an ECA replaces Certificates of Approval formerly issued under the EPA and approvals granted under the OWRA.
For more information about Environmental Approvals, please visit the link provided under Additional Information.
This Guide sets out application requirements for preparing a complete application using the new ECA application form. The Guide consolidates into a single document, information on supporting documentation and technical requirements, which was previously found in guides describing requirements for separate applications for Certificates of Approval.
The ministry received comments on various aspects of the guide. As a result of comments received during the consultation period for this posting (011-5022) changes were made to the Draft Guide to Applying for an Environmental Compliance Approval.
Although the comment period for this guide has closed, work will be done to continuously improve the document as the ministry moves towards electronic service delivery.