MOE Certification in
The Environmental Protection Act
(EPA) for the province of Ontario grants the Ministry of the Environment the
power to limit and approve the specific discharge of contaminants into the
environment. The legislation states that contaminants shown to cause negative
environmental effects are strictly prohibited unless approval is granted. It is
important to take note that the government of Ontario broadens the definition
of a pollutant to include noise and vibration. The EPA works as a method of controlling
the amount of contaminants that are released into the environment as well as
distinguishing liability on offending parties.
MOE certification refers to explicit
approval from the Ministry of the Environment for a business to operate in
accordance with the EPA. This special certification is necessary for any
company that has processes that discharge a contaminant to the natural
environment (air, water, waste) to operate legally in Ontario.
Any company that operates in
Ontario is required to obtain certification from the Ministry of the Environment
if the operations of the company result in any of the following:
A release of contaminants into
the environment. This includes pollutants released into the air, land and water;
The handling of hazardous waste,
whether it be storing, transporting or disposal.
The Process of
Receiving MOE Certification
Recent changes to the EPA have
made the MOE certification process possible in two different ways. The nature of the company and the processes
will dictate which certification process is appropriate for your business.
The two possible paths to
The ECA is a relatively new
approval process that replaces the Certificate of Approval (C of A) process.
The C of A process previously required businesses to apply for separate air,
noise, waste and sewage approvals. This process has been replaced by a much
more efficient process that allows one application to cover all emissions,
discharges and waste for the business.
allows recognized business types to register a number of approved processes
directly with the ministry. This can save time in avoiding the approval
process, but is only available for a limited number of routine systems and
processes if they meet the stringent Activity and Operating Requirements.
Continued compliance with the
EPA is essential to running a business legally in Ontario. Failure to comply
with this act can result in severe fines and also a suspension of business
The ECA and EASR processes can
take a considerable amount of time to have finalized, but there are steps that
can be taken to expedite the process. Enlisting the services of a recognized
and respected environmental consulting firm will ensure that the business has
the proper assessments completed and all the paperwork necessary to receive a prompt
An Emission Summary and
Dispersion Modeling Report may need to be prepared and updated annually in
order to maintain the MOE certification. An environmental consulting firm can
also aid in the preparation and submission of this document to maintain the
It is critical to ensure that your business in Ontario is
properly approved and in compliance with the EPA. Trust an environmental
that services the Greater Toronto Area and all of
Ontario to secure your MOE certification today.