The proposed EASR regulation supports Ontario businesses by requiring them to register eligible activities online – making the process simple, fast and cost effective. Requiring persons to register eligible activities also allows the ministry to focus its efforts on high risk and or more complex activities to protect the environment and human health.
A faster review process will allow more certainty for businesses as they plan for investments to upgrade their facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under Ontario’s cap and trade program. This proposal is also a part of Ontario’s Business Growth Initiative to reduce unnecessary regulatory requirements, eliminate duplication and improve the delivery of government services. A smarter regulatory system will enable Ontario to lower business costs and encourage more growth, while protecting environmental standards.
Eligible activities will still be required to meet the standards set out in the ministry’s local air quality regulation (O.Reg. 419/05). The ministry will enforce compliance with the EASR regulation according to its compliance strategy, as it does for all our approvals today.
As with other activities registered in EASR, eligible facilities would also be included on the ministry’s Access Environment website which would provide increased transparency and information to the public about the operations registered in their community. Information collected during registration (e.g. emission summary table) will help inform the ministry across various program areas including: air standard setting, air contaminants without limits and cumulative effects.