Environmental assessment: declaration orders
How to request a declaration order to change or remove some or all of the Environmental Assessment Act requirements for a project.
About declaration orders
The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks can exempt a proponent from preparing an environmental assessment for a project or decide the proponent only need comply with some of the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. This is known as a declaration order.
The Minister can use the declaration order to either exempt the project or set out conditions the proponent must meet.
When a declaration order is used
Declaration orders are usually considered:
- in cases of emergency
- when the proposal is in the public interest
- where potential environmental effects are likely to be minimal
- where environmental impacts are already being adequately addressed
How to request a declaration order
To make a declaration order, a proponent must:
- make a written request to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- include as much information about the project as possible and the reason for your request
- submit request to:
Director, Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st floor
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
After you submit your written request:
- the Minister will often require a review and public feedback before making a decision
- the request is usually posted on the Environmental Registry for a minimum of 30 to 45 days for public comment
- Cabinet must approve the Minister’s decision to make a declaration order