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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

August 27, 2015

Ontario Offering Grants to Help Protect the Great Lakes

Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant.
August 14, 2015

Province Protecting Sources of Drinking Water in the GTHA

Ontario has approved two plans to protect sources of drinking water in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
August 12, 2015

Protect Yourself From Blue-Green Algae in Lake Erie

Residents and visitors in the Windsor-Essex area can take steps to protect themselves and their families from harmful blue-green algal blooms in Lake Erie.

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.