The Ministry of the Environment has implemented an Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) as part of its new environmental approvals program, which allows businesses to register prescribed activities in the EASR, instead of seeking an Environmental Compliance Approval through the normal application and review process. The EASR is a public, web-based registry system, and is intended for activities that are routine, well understood and have minimal environmental impacts.
Persons who are engaging in a prescribed activity are required to register the activity in the EASR and comply with operating requirements as set out in regulation. These requirements could be comprised of, but not limited to, design requirements, pollution control measures and best management practices in the industry. Persons engaging in a prescribed activity are also required to maintain their registrations with up-to-date information. This will sustain business involvement in discussions about environmental protection and foster a culture of continuous improvement.
For the purposes of the EASR, activities are prescribed in relation to the following:
As of October 31, 2011
- Heating systems (O. Reg. 346/12)
- Standby power systems (O. Reg. 346/12)
- Automotive refinishing facilities (O. Reg. 347/12)
As of November 18, 2012
- Commercial printing facilities (O. Reg. 349/12)
- Small ground-mounted solar facilities (O. Reg. 350/12)
- Non-hazardous waste transportation systems (O. Reg. 351/12)
EASR eligibility and operating requirements for these activities are currently set out in the above noted regulations made under the Environmental Protection Act.
As part of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry implementation, the Ministry, in consultation with users, will be establishing a fee structure that moves the program towards full cost recovery.