Everything You Should Know About Environmental Activity and Sector Registry

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This overview is going to focus on the most important aspects of applying for an EASR permit for your operation or manufacturing facility.

Environmental Activity

More specifically the points we will be going over are:

  1. What is the EASR and What Activities are Eligible
  2. Process of Registration for the EASR

As an environmental consulting agency, we can assert there is a lot more detail to this than can be possibly listed in a single, brief article. This summary, however, will give you an idea of what this is about and provide enough information for you to conduct further research by asking the right questions.

What is the EASR and What Activities are Eligible?

To put it simply, the EASR is a public, web-based system that allows businesses conducting certain activities to register them with the ministry, rather than applying for an environmental approval. This is essentially an alternative type of registration for which your operation needs to be “low risk” to be eligible.

Below is a partial list of activities that are eligible for the EASR permit:
  1. Automotive refinishing facilities
  2. Commercial printing facilities – lithographic, screen and digital
  3. Non-hazardous waste transportation systems (e.g. trucks and other motor vehicles, including vans and cars on public roads)
  4. Small ground-mounted solar facilities
  5. Facilities processing end-of-life vehicles
  6. Specific construction-related water-taking activities

Again, this list is not full but only here to give readers an idea of the type of operations eligible for an EASR permit. The full list of requirements for the EASR can be found here in the Ontario Regulation 245/11.

Process of Registration for the EASR

You can get the aid of an environmental consulting company, such as ours, or go through the registration directly. The steps for this are as follows:

  1. Create your ONe-key ID, ServiceOntario account and ministry account.
  2. Log into ServiceOntario.
  3. Confirm your registration by email.

If your registration has incorrect or obsolete information, you will also need to

     4. Update the registration info on your account.

In addition to this, you may also apply to the Ministry of Environment for an exemption from registering under Section 20.18. To be sure about your eligibility exempting activities on your site, contact our environmental consulting and we will gladly guide you.

When an activity is exempt, you no longer need to have it registered for EASR.

This was a very broad overview of a considerably complex and nuanced topic. As we stated in the beginning, it is published in order to give a bird’s eye view of it and allow you to build on that. For more detailed information and specific guidance on your particular set of circumstances, please feel free to get in touch with us directly. Our environmental consulting specialists at DiGiSci Consulting are at your service.