Environmental Regulations

This course provides a thorough review of environmental protection legislation and regulations at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. It also covers public attitudes and a brief history of key environmental issues and incidents that helped shape current environmental legislation. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, the Nutrient Management Act, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Environmental Bill of Rights, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Great Lakes Water Protection Act among others, are introduced along with some of the key regulations. The important regulations are examined in greater depth in subsequent courses. The IESO website and the pros and cons of green energy policy in Ontario are also examined. The Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act is introduced and covered in more detail in a subsequent course. Many aspects of the regulations relating to the RR&CEA are still being developed. The Occupational Health and Safety Act is introduced particularly as it relates to the Ontario environmental employers and employees.