Thursday, November 26, 2015

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Municipal Class EA – Important Update


Major Amendment Approved

 On October 7, 2015, Minister Murray approved the ‘cycling’ amendment as attached.   Although known as the ‘cycling’ amendment, the amendment actually includes;

 -          An amendment to the Municipal Roads Projects table in Appendix 1 to include active transportation projects

-          An amendment to section A.1.5.2 Municipal Class EA Amending Procedure

-          An amendment to section A.2.8  Provision for Changing Project  Status (Part II Order)

-          The addition of section A.2.10.6 The Clean Water Act to refer to Protection of Source Water for Municipal Water Systems

-          An amendment to Appendix 2 – Typical Mitigation Measures for Potential Environmental Effects to address climate change

-          An amendment to Appendix 6 – Sample Notices to update the notices

-          Consequential Amendments


MEA is pleased that active transportation projects can now move forward and encourages the use of the amended Municipal Road Project table in Appendix 1.  


However, unfortunately MOECC made some unilateral changes to the amendment submitted by MEA just before the Minister’s approval that MEA cannot support      Implications of the last minute changes to this amendment are still being investigated and further explanation and training will be forthcoming.




MCEA Position Paper – Opportunity for Input


Earlier this year, Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment, said the he would be turning his attention to the administration of Environmental Assessment in Ontario and reviewing the “EA Permitting Process”, with an interest in looking for efficiencies.      The Municipal Class EA is a large part of the current EA system in Ontario, and the Municipal Engineers Association, as custodian of the MCEA document, has a keen interest in the Ministry’s upcoming review.   To prepare for this, MEA has prepared the the attached draft paper which outlines MEA’s proposed position and describes improvements which MEA recommends to the MCEA and the associated process.   Serious problems persist with the Part II Order Request process and this paper explains MEA’s recommendation to address these problems.


Please review the paper and provide your input/comments to Alan Korell at alan/ by November 27, 2015.


 New Clarification listed for information

Road Diet Clarification


Note New address for sending Part II orders

The Ministry/Minister of Environment and Climate Change

77 Wellesley St West, 11th Floor

Toronto, ON, M7A 2T5

Fax 416 314 8452



Annual Monitoring Program 2014-2015

As a Condition of Approval of the Municipal Class EA, the proponent municipalities, or MEA on their behalf, are required to implement a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Monitoring Program to monitor the use, compliance and effectiveness of the Municipal Class EA on an annual basis. The Annual Monitoring Reports in turn will be used as input to the five year review. This is complete, 


  Click HERE for access to previous monitoring reports



 The MCEA 5 year review document is available now in the Annual Monitoring Reports Tab.

The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process exists because it was originally approved by the Minister of the Environment in 2000. Amendments to what was originally approved have occurred. You can purchase a printed copy, or, if you are a Current Member, you can view it online.

A free non searchable on line version is available HERE

Training & Events

MCEA offers Training Courses to suit your needs.  To find out more, please Click Here

Road Project Cost Limits

The Road Project Tables refer to a Cost Limit in millions of dollars for each schedule, that if not exceeded would categorize a project of that description as being a Schedule A, A+ or possibly a B. If the Capital cost of a project would exceed the Cost Limit, the project would require a designation as a Schedule B
or C, depending on the project description.

For more information, please download the file listed below.

Note, The MTO have not been able to update this cost for 2013 consequently continue to use 2012 costs

2012 Road Project Cost Limits
Copyright 2013 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment