Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
|Government ministry overview|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Ontario|
|Headquarters||2nd Floor, Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1N3|
|Annual budget||$322 million|
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is a Ontario government ministry responsible for protecting and improving the quality of the environment in the Canadian province of Ontario, as well as coordinating Ontario's actions on climate change. This includes administration of government programs, such as Ontario's Drive Clean and Clean Water Act. The ministry headquarters are located inside the Ontario Government Buildings.
The ministry was merged with the Ministry of Energy to form the Ministry of Environment and Energy from 1993 to 1997, and briefly again in 2002, before being split back up again.
The MOECC works to improve air quality through legislation, targeted programs, and partnership agreements with other neighbouring airsheds. This includes using a network of air quality stations that provide real-time air pollution data. The ministry communicates air quality to the public by providing an Air Quality Index based on ambient levels of ozone, fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and total reduced sulphur compounds.
MOECC is responsible for administering Ontario Regulation 153/04 which requires, under specific circumstances, a Record of Site Condition (RSC) to be submitted to the Ministry for acknowledgement. A RSC contains Environmental Site Assessments that ascertain the current condition of a site, including whether contamination exists on-site. The RSC is required when a property owner is choosing to change the property use from a less-sensitive to more-sensitive use (Example: Industrial Use to Residential Use) and is often required by the municipality's Chief Building Official before approval of a building permit.
The ministry released a climate change action plan in 2007, setting greenhouse gas reduction targets for the province. It is the aim of the provincial government to reduce its emissions to:
- 6% below 1990 levels by 2014;
- 15% below 1990 levels by 2020; and
- 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
The ministry released an update on its progress towards these targets in 2014, indicating that it had surpassed its 2014 target. It also indicated that current trends and policies would result in 170 megatonnes of emissions, or 69% of its 2020 target.
In 2011, the ministry published Climate Ready, its first climate change adaptation strategy and action plan for 2011 to 2014. The report acknowledges that Ontario has experienced a 1.4°C increase in average temperatures, and that it can create changes wind and precipitation patterns. The report outlines how the province should prepare for and minimize the negative impacts of a changing climate, as well as strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Under Ontario Regulation 452/09, any facility in Ontario that emits more than 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually is required to report their emissions. The reports must be verified by an accredited third party, to ensure it meets the requirements of ISO 14064-3. Reports are then submitted through Environment Canada's single window system.
The ministry is responsible for administering Ontario's Drive Clean program. Certain cars, vans, trucks, motorhomes and buses must be evaluated under the Drive Clean program to check that they meet Ontario emissions standards before being licensed to drive on Ontario roads.
- Environmental assessments
- Environmental approvals
- Environmental registry
- Environment maps
- Great Lakes and Watersheds
Ministry of the Environment
- George Kerr, July 23, 1971 to February 2, 1972
- James Auld, February 2, 1972 to February 26, 1974
- Bill Newman, February 26, 1974 to October 7, 1975
- George Kerr, October 7, 1975 to January 21, 1978
- George R. McCague, January 21, 1978 to August 18, 1978
- Harry Craig Parrott, August 18, 1978 to April 10, 1981
- Keith Norton, April 10, 1981 to July 6, 1983
- Andy Brandt, July 6, 1983 to February 8, 1985
- Morley Kells, February 8, 1985 to May 17, 1985
- Susan Fish, May 17, 1985 to June 26, 1985
- Jim Bradley, June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990
- Ruth Grier, October 1, 1990 to February 3, 1993
- Bud Wildman, February 3, 1993 to June 26, 1995 (with Energy)
- Brenda Elliott, June 26, 1995 to August 16, 1996 (with Energy)
- Norm Sterling, August 16, 1996 to June 17, 1999 (with Energy)
- Tony Clement, June 17, 1999 to March 3, 2000
- Dan Newman, March 3, 2000 to February 7, 2001
- Elizabeth Witmer, February 8, 2001 to April 14, 2002
- Chris Stockwell, April 15, 2002 to June 17, 2003 (with Energy)
- Jim Wilson, June 17, 2003 to October 22, 2003
- Leona Dombrowsky, October 23, 2003 to June 29, 2005
- Laurel Broten, June 29, 2005 to October 29, 2007
- John Gerretsen, October 29, 2007 to August 18, 2010
- John Wilkinson August 18, 2010 to October 20, 2011
- Jim Bradley, October 20, 2011, to June 24, 2014
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
- Glen Murray, June 24, 2014 to present
- Government of Ontario
- Ontario's Drive Clean program
- Hydro One - formerly part of Ontario Hydro
- Ontario Power Generation - formerly part of Ontario Hydro
- Flick Off
- "Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change". Government of Ontario. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
- "Air Quality Ontario". Government of Ontario. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
- "Drive Clean Test". Government of Ontario. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
- "The Executive Council of Ontario". Newsroom - ontario.ca. Queen's Printer for Ontario. Retrieved 23 October 2011.