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The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change works to protect and sustain Ontario’s air, land, and water.

About the ministry

June 30, 2014

Staying Green While Enjoying Summer

Whether you're staying home or planning to travel this summer, there are a lot of ways to be kind to the environment -- and save money too.
April 24, 2014

Taking Action to Protect the Niagara River

Ontario's draft Great Lakes agreement with Canada will bring the Niagara River Area of Concern one step closer to being removed from the list of ...
April 17, 2014

Celebrating Two Billion Containers Returned

Thanks to Ontario residents, two billion alcohol containers have been recycled into new products through the Ontario Deposit Return Program.

Protecting Ontario’s Environment

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change protects and improves the quality of the environment and coordinates Ontario's actions on climate change leading to healthier communities, ecological protection and economic prosperity for present and future generations.  The tools the ministry uses to accomplish this include:

  • using science and research to develop policies, legislation, regulations and standards
  • enforcing compliance with environmental laws
  • working with other governments, Aboriginal groups and organizations, industry, stakeholders and the public
  • monitoring and reporting to track environmental progress over time
  • modernizing environmental approval processes.