Renewable Energy Approvals (Ontario, Canada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Ontario

Applies to States or Provinces Ontario
Name Renewable Energy Approvals (Ontario, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Concentrating Solar Power, Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Renewable Energy Approvals (REA) regulation creates an approval and review process for all biomass, wind energy, and solar facilities. The Ministry of the Environment inspects, investigates and enforces province-wide to ensure businesses and individuals in Ontario comply with environmental legislation outlined in the Ontario Environmental Protection Act. The regulation outlines siting regulations for all projects.

Regulations regarding wind turbines include an array of minimum setbacks, as well noise limits of 40 decibels.

Biomass facilities have siting restrictions based on their capacity and potential for odor pollution, as well as noise limitations.

While solar facilities do not have any direct restrictions, those regulations that do not specifically apply to the other technologies apply to solar projects. These include regulations about siting projects in designated wetlands, heritage sites, provincial parks and reserves, and specified natural features.

The Ministry of the Environment works with the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and several other departments to approve renewable energy projects defined in the REA regulations.

Policy Contact

Department Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Place Toronto, Ontario

Department Ontario Ministry of Energy
Division Renewable Energy Facilitation Office

Phone 416-212-6582
Phone 2 1-877-440-7336

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

Authority 1: Ontario Environmental Protection Act, Renewable Energy Approvals