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Municipal Class EA training 

The second session this spring is now full. Registration is now open for 2 more courses this fall.

This is a very popular course and you are encouraged to register early.


Annual Monitoring of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

 Again this year, the Municipal Engineers Association is asking Municipalities, Government agencies and other stakeholders to provide
their input on the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process through a web based survey.    
 Recently there has been a number of significant issues raised related to the MCEA as summarized on the attached charts and, in October 2015,
the Minister approved an amendment to the MCEA.   However, this recent amendment to the MCEA was restricted to specific topics (cycling
facilities, source water protection etc) and does not address these other issues.     MEA  has recorded the input on other issues and is planning a
further comprehensive amendment to the MCEA.    During this process, all of the issues raised, including those identified in this earlier consultation,
will be examined.  

 As outlined in the attached letters the two most critical issues are;

 1)   the interpretation that permits Part II Order Requests on pre-approved projects

 2)   the timeframe for a decision on Part II Order Requests.  

 These items must be addressed in any comprehensive amendment to the MCEA but they require action by the Ministry. 
  In early 2015, the Minister announced a “Review of the entire EA Permitting System” would begin in the fall of 2015.   
 This review  was to include the MCEA and consideration of these two critical issues.   However, to date no review has proceeded. 
  Work on this comprehensive amendment has been delayed until the Ministry takes action on these critical issues.
 Please follow the link below to provide your input on the MCEA prior to May 6, 2016.    



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.  



MCEA Position Paper

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 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.

 The paper has now been submitted to MOECC and we are hopefull that these improvements will be implemented.

To Purchase a Copy of the MCEA Manual

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. The latest version - 2015 is now available. You can purchase a printed copy, or, if you are a Current Member, you can view a searchable version online.  Non-members can purchase access to the searchable online manual.

Note: Please sign on as a member to get searchable web access and member rate on manual.

A free, non-searchable online version is available 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 and consequently continue to use 2012 costs.

2012 Road Project Cost Limits

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

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