Environmental Protection Act (Ontario, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Environmental Protection Act (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Primary Website http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90e19_e.htm

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Environmental Protection Act is Ontario's key legislation for environmental protection. The act grants the Ministry of the Environment broad powers to deal with the discharge of contaminants which cause negative effects. The act specifically:

- prohibits the discharge of any contaminants into the environment which cause or are likely to cause negative effects - and in the case of some approved contaminants requires that they must not exceed approved and regulated limits

- requires that any spills of pollutants be reported and cleaned up in a timely fashion. The act also deals with commercial transactions involving contaminated land.

Ontario's Environmental Protection Act has the authority to establish liability on the party which is at fault, including liability for corporate officers or directors who have failed to take all reasonable care to prevent unlawful discharges of contaminants into the environment.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Anne Neary
Department Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Division Environmental Sciences and Standards Division
Address 135 St Clair Ave W
Place Toronto, Ontario
Zip/Postal Code M4V1P5

Email anne.neary@ontario.ca
Website http://www.infogo.gov.on.ca/infogo/office.do?actionType=telephonedirectory&infoType=telephone&unitId=UNT0002498&locale=en

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Environmental Protection Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER E.19
Date Effective 2010
Date Enacted 1990