Environmental Compliance Approval in Respect of Sewage Works Regulation

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Environmental Protection Act
Summary of Proposal:
We are proposing to introduce a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) to enable prescribed persons to make alterations to sanitary collection and stormwater systems.

The purpose of the regulation is to eliminate the need for developers to obtain separate approvals for pipe by pipe construction thereby speeding up new home development and eliminating duplication and reducing financial and administrative burden for developers.

The EPA allows for alterations to sanitary and stormwater systems, such as for new housing and commercial developments, within the terms and conditions in Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) to be carried out by prescribed persons.

The proposed regulation would allow developers who enter into an agreement with the municipality to construct sewage works that the municipality may own under the municipality's ECA.

The proposed regulation would apply to municipalities who have ECAs with pre-authorizations and would enable developers to construct works that the municipality may own under the municipality's ECA, if specific conditions are met. Developers must enter into an agreement with the municipality, and the work must meet the conditions of the municipality's ECA.

Municipalities who do not have pre-authorization conditions in their existing ECAs will be required to amend their ECA if they wish to take advantage of this proposed regulation. Until a municipality has an ECA with pre-authorizations, developers are still required to obtain separate ECAs for sewage collection works.

The Ministry is continuously transforming its environmental permissions framework, utilizing a risk-based approach to improve service delivery and public transparency, while still maintaining strict environmental protection standards.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
May 1, 2019
Comments Due Date:
May 31, 2019
Contact Address:
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Business Transformation
135 St. Clair Avenue West Toronto ON M4V 1L5