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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

November 27, 2015

Refinery, Shell Canada fined $500,000 for Permitting a Discharge of Odour into the Environment

Sarnia - Shell Canada Limited ("Shell") pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $500,000 for permitting a discharge of a contaminant, namely an odour...
November 27, 2015

City of Belleville Fined $15,000 For Ministry Approval Violations

Belleville - The Corporation of the City of Belleville pleaded guilty to two offences and was fined $15,000 for non-compliance with a ministry approval,...
November 26, 2015

Ontario Introduces New Waste Free Ontario Act

Today Ontario introduced legislation that, if passed, would divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change.

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.