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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 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.
November 23, 2015

Ontario Permanently Bans Coal-Fired Electricity Generation

In the lead up to the United Nations' Conference of the Parties in Paris, Ontario passed legislation today to permanently ban coal-fired electricity...
November 16, 2015

Oshawa Asphalt Company Fined $80,000 For Contaminant Discharge Violations

Whitby - McAsphalt Industries Limited /Les Industries McAsphalt Limitee,pleaded guilty and was fined $80,000 for permitting the discharge of a...

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.