Environmental Approvals (Ontario, Canada)

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EZFeed Policy

Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Environmental Approvals (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Hydroelectric, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Primary Website http://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/environmental-approvals

Last Review 2014-09-15


If a business’s activities impact the natural environment, that business needs an approval from the Ministry of the Environment to operate legally in Ontario. From small commercial establishments, to large manufacturing facilities, businesses in Ontario must have MOE-issued environmental approvals if they:

- release contaminants (pollutants) into the air, onto land, or into water - store, transport, or dispose of waste

Alternatively, some activities may be registered under the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry. The registry is available for routine systems and processes, to which preset rules of operation can be applied. Small mounted solar facilities are included in the types of projects/activities that can be included in the registry.

Waterpower projects 200 MW and larger are subject to an Individual Environmental Assessment.

Policy Contact

Department Ontario Ministry of Energy
Division Access Environment
Address 12A - 2 St. Clair Avenue West

Place Toronto, Ontario
Zip/Postal Code M4V 1L5
Phone 416-314-8001
Phone 2 1-800-461-6290
Fax 416-314-8452
Email eaabgen@ene.gov.on.ca
Website http://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/list-environmental-approvals-and-registrations