Environmental Approvals

Environmental Approvals

We have over 200 public and private clients throughout Ontario. We specialize in EASR and ECA Approvals, and Municipal and Federal Environmental Reporting.

Ontario’s Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR)

If your facility is located in Ontario, and meets the criteria under Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR), you can register your business with Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  The EASR is a public, web-based system that allows businesses conducting certain activities to register them with the ministry, rather than applying for an environmental approval.

A multi-step process will determine those activities or sectors that could be suitable for the EASR and subsequent rules that would define eligibility.

Businesses engaged in select activities that meet eligibility requirements are required to register the activity or sector.

The EASR is intended for activities or sectors that:

  • pose minimal risk to the environment and human health when regulated and required to follow specific rules
  • use equipment and processes that are standard to the industry or sector with known environmental impacts

The EASR Facilities are required to follow eligibility rules and regulations, and are subject to inspections and compliance penalties.

Ontario’s Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECA)

Businesses with complex or unique types of operations, such as landfill sites or wastewater treatment plants or complex air emissions must apply for an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA). By law, your operation and equipment must meet the specific conditions set out in the Environmental Compliance Approval by considering:

  • Facility operations and production
  • All facility processes, equipment and raw materials
  • Site location maps and zoning details
  • Emission modelling
  • Noise and vibration reports
Environmental Reporting
Toronto ChemTRAC – The Environmental and Reporting Disclosure Bylaw (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 423)
ChemTRAC is a City of Toronto Municipal Bylaw that requires all facilities to annually track and report on their use of priority substances. If your business is located in Toronto and manufactures, uses or releases any of these substances above their minimum threashold, you are required to report by June 30 of each year under the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. The Bylaw also provides public access to the information.
National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) 
The National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) is Canada’s legislated, publicly accessible inventory of pollutant releases (to air, water and land), disposals and transfers for recycling. It is a key resource for:
  • identifying pollution prevention priorities;
  • supporting the assessment and risk management of chemicals, and air quality modelling;
  • helping develop targeted regulations for reducing releases of toxic substances and air pollutants;
  • encouraging actions to reduce the release of pollutants into the environment; and
  • improving public understanding.