Public Participation and Environmental Law

Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 

In 2018 the Ontario Government introduced Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 and in October 2018 the bill was passed and became law.  In the 30 day comment period there were over 11,000 comments made by the public less than 1% of the comments were supportive of cancelling the Cap and Trade Act.   To find out more about the public comments: click here  

Before the Bill was introduced the government had already dismantled many aspects of the Cap and Trade program by filing Regulation 386/18 on July 3, 2018.  EcoJustice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Greenpeace Canada alleging that the Ford government unlawfully failed to provide for public consultation on a regulation that ended Ontario’s cap and trade program. For more details click here.

Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competiveness Act, 2018

Schedule 10 removed! Due to public opposition Schedule 10 was had been removed from Bill 66.  This exerpt from a blog on the Canadian Environmental Law Association summarizes briefly the concerns of Schedule 10:

Under Schedule 10 of Bill 66, municipalities can pass "Open for Business" planning by-laws aimed at attracting new major development. These bylaws are exempt from public notice, comment and appeal provisions in the Planning Act. Moreover, these bylaws are automatically exempt from from key environmental protection laws, plans and policies, including the Clean Water Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Provincial Policy Statement under the Planning Act, abd several more.  To go to the blog click here

Below are links to comments by Environment North, board members of Environment on the above bills and on the Made in Ontario Environment Plan

Environment North Comments on Bill 4

Graham Saunder Comments on Bill 66

Environment North Comments on Made in Ontario Environment Plan