What Are Environmental Prosecutions?

Environmental regulations are a quickly evolving, complex, and progressively stringent area of the law. The new demands of environmental responsibility have critical implications for both individuals and business owners.

Under Canada's constitution, responsibility for the protection of the environment is divided between the federal and provincial governments. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is the foundation of legislation in this area. Laws seek to prevent pollution and preserve and protect air, land and water.

In Ontario, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change staff work to prevent pollution, restore and protect the environment, and enhance public health, environmental quality and economic vitality in Ontario.

The federal government and the provinces and territories share the enforcement of environmental regulations. With the continued rise of public awareness about environmental responsibility, smaller municipalities are also taking on larger roles in environmental law enforcement.


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