Following the enactment of the Open for Business Act, 2010, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has begun identifying certain low-risk activities that will no longer require certificates of approval, provided that the activities meet specific requirements and are registered on the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR). On June 14, 2011, the MOE prescribed automotive refinishing (including autobody shop spray booths), heating systems and standby power systems as activities that are eligible to be registered on the EASR.

For further information, please see the Environmental Registry. For a description of the relevant Open for Business Act, 2010 amendments, see Torys’ April 2011 EH&S Bulletin.