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November 16, 2010

Low-Risk Approvals Now Obtained On-line

With the passage of Bill 68, the Open for Business Act, 2010, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) now has the legislative authority to begin streamlining its backlogged and unwieldly environmental approvals process.

The omnibus Bill, which received Royal Assent on October 25, 2010, includes more than 100 revisions to 50 pieces of provincial legislation administered by 10 different ministries. Prominent among these is a new two-tiered, risk-based approach to environmental approvals, as well as on line applications process.

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