ERT

About the Environmental Review Tribunal

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) is an independent and impartial tribunal established by provincial legislation. Amongst other things, the ERT holds public hearings on appeals arising from, decisions regarding the issuance, alteration, revocation, cancellation or closure of an order, approval, licence, permit, registration or account under the Clean Water Act, 2006, the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016, the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Pesticides Act, the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009, and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016.

Under the authority of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, the ERT holds hearings to decide whether to grant a person’s application for leave (that is, grant permission) to appeal certain types of decisions made by a person appointed as a Director under the Environmental Protection Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Pesticides Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.

The ERT holds public hearings to assess the merits of an undertaking that will have an impact on the environment. The ERT hears applications under the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, and the Ontario Water Resources Act.

Under the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001, the ERT also conducts Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan amendment proceedings, municipal official plan and zoning by-law amendment proceedings, and proceedings in matters that have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board and stayed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In addition, under the Greenbelt Act, 2005, the ERT also conducts Greenbelt Plan amendment proceedings and proceedings in regard to matters that have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board and stayed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The Members of the ERT are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for the Province of Ontario to conduct hearings and make decisions on appeals and applications. The Members have a variety of experience and include environmental lawyers, academics, planners and mediators. None of the Members of the ERT is an employee of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

For information on the ERT’s other roles, please consult the page on the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office and the Office of the Consolidated Hearings.

Statutes

The Tribunal’s jurisdiction derives in part from the following Statutes of Ontario:

These statutes are directly linked to an external source. For the most current versions of Ontario statutes, please go to: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca