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Email this pageFacilitating the Development of New Green Energy in Ontario: Exemption from the Planning Act

As part of Ontario’s strategy to help ensure the safe and reliable supply of electricity to all Ontarians, the Green Energy Act changes the way that renewable energy projects are approved in Ontario. The GEA provides a Province-led, coordinated approvals framework for renewable energy projects, with clear provincial rules and transparent decision-making.  

As a result of the new approvals framework established through the GEA and related regulations, most renewable energy developments are exempt from the provisions of the Environmental Assessment Act and, with some exceptions, are exempt from the provisions of the Planning Act.

The Planning Act exemption recognizes that renewable energy projects are now subject to a coordinated provincial approval framework which continues to: safeguard our natural environment and important resources, ensure strong protection for the health and safety of Ontarians, and provide for a meaningful dialogue with municipalities and communities.

Further details of the new approvals framework for renewable energy projects, led by the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, can be found by clicking on the appropriate link.