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Legislation - Ontario
b/ Applicable Legislation/Guidelines
Environmental Acts and Regulations

A list of key environmental Acts is provided below including the Regulations made under the Acts (with exceptions noted). Click on the highlighted titles to link to the full text of these documents provided online by the Government of Ontario. Other Ontario Acts and Regulations can be viewed via the Ontario e-Laws website. Print versions of Ontario regulations can be purchased from Publications Ontario (

Conservation Authorities Act (see Ontario e-Laws website for Regulations under this Act)

Conservation Land Act

Crown Forest Sustainability Act

Dangerous Goods Transportation Act

Drainage Act

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Endangered Species Act

Energy Efficiency Act

Environmental Assessment Act

Environmental Bill of Rights

Environmental Protection Act

Environmental Review Tribunal Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 26 , Sched. F

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (see Ontario e-Laws website for Regulations under this Act)

Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act

Ministry of Natural Resources Act

Ministry of the Environment Act

Municipal Water and Sewage Transfer Act

Nutrient Management Act, 2002
Also see the following webpages on Nutrient Management:Ontario Ministry of the Environment webpage and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food webpage

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act (see Ontario e-Laws website for Regulations under this Act)

Oak Ridges Moraine Protection Act

Ontario Water Resources Act

Pesticides Act

Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002
Also see the Ontario Ministry of the Environment webpage on this Act

Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act, 2002

Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 16 (see Ontario e-Laws website for Regulations under this Act)

Transboundary Pollution Reciprocal Access Act

Waste Diversion Act (also see the Waste Diversion Ontario website - Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) is a non-crown corporation created under the Waste Diversion Act (WDA) on June 27, 2002. WDO was established to develop, implement and operate waste diversion programs for a wide range of materials.)

Waste Management Act

Water Transfer Control Act (Historical version for the period December 2, 1993 to June 21, 2006. This is the earliest version of this Act available on e-Laws. THIS ACT IS NOT YET IN FORCE. It comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. See: 1993, c. 27, Sched.)

Wilderness Areas Act

Ontario Ministry of the Environment - Environmental Manuals, Guidelines, and Other Publications

Publications webpage

Air Webpage

Water Webpage

Land Webpage

Legislation Under Development

The Office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario posts the first, second, and third reading bills on their site at

In addition, all issues of the Ontario Gazette from January 2000 is available in pdf format on the Ontario Gazette Website. The Ontario Gazette is the publication used by the government to communicate to the public on issues such as changes in the legislation.


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