Guides & Rules

Environmental Review Tribunal Guides

  • A Guide to Appeals under the Clean Water Act, 2006, Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016, Environmental Protection Act, Nutrient Management Act, 2002, Ontario Water Resources Act, Pesticides Act, Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, Safe Drinking Water Act, 2009 and Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (Word PDF)
  • A Guide to Development Permit Appeal Hearings and Niagara Escarpment Plan Amendment Hearings under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act (Word | PDF)
  • A Guide to Appeals by Members of the Public regarding Renewable Energy Approvals under section 142.1 of the Environmental Protection Act (Word | PDF)
  • Applications for Leave to Appeal under the Environmental Bill of Rights (Word | PDF)
  • Hearings of Applications under the Environmental Assessment Act, Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act (Word | PDF)
  • Hearings under the Greenbelt Act (Word | PDF)
  • Hearings under the Oak Ridges Moraine Act (Word | PDF)
  • Hearings under the Consolidated Hearings Act (Word | PDF)

Rules of Practice and Practice Directions

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has made housekeeping amendments to its Rules of Practice and Practice Directions.  The changes include updates to certain terms and definitions, changes resulting from the passage of new legislation; clarification of notice of allegation requirements and updates of statutory section references where needed.  The new Rules are effective September 12, 2016.

  • Rules of Practice and Practice Directions (Word | PDF)

 Summary of ERT Rule Revisions

  1. Updated effective date of amended Rules;
  2. Inclusion of new legislation:Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016;
  3. Inclusion of new legislation:Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016;
  4. Inclusion of new legislation:Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016;
  5. New or updated definitions: “Authority”, “Director”, “Person”;
  6. Clarification of requirements for providing a notice of allegation against persons who are not parties;
  7. Updated end of business day time;
  8. Updated procedure for application for costs reflecting changes to the Statutory Powers Procedure Act;
  9. Change of term: Preliminary Hearing changed to Pre-hearing;
  10. Minor clerical amendments.
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