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About the Environmental Review Tribunal

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) is an independent and impartial tribunal established by provincial legislation. The Environmental Review Tribunal holds public hearings on appeals arising from, amongst other things, decisions regarding the issuance, alteration or revocation of an order, approval, license or permit under the Clean Water Act, 2006, the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Pesticides Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009.

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 and the Pesticides Act.

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.

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.

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. 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.


Statutes

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

ERT Statutes

Link to e-Laws

Clean Water Act, 2006

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Environmental Assessment Act

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Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993

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Environmental Protection Act

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Greenbelt Act, 2005

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     Greenbelt Plan

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Nutrient Management Act, 2002

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Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001

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     Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

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Ontario Water Resources Act

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Pesticides Act

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Safe Drinking Water Act , 2002

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Toxics Reduction Act, 2009

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* 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.

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