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Reducing the Red Tape - Air & Noise Permitting Reform in Ontario

Course Type: Complimentary Session
Course Length: 2 hrs
Price: 0.00

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently announced air and noise permitting changes that could benefit all industrial, commercial, institutional, multi-residential and municipal building owners and managers and HVAC and Emergency Power Equipment suppliers.  Draft legislation is anticipated over the next few months and regulations will be in place in early 2017.

Under the proposal, the MOECC introduced a new 4-tier approach: 

  1. some equipment that exhaust air and noise to the environment will be exempt from permitting;
  2. some equipment will be eligible for instantaneous online registration (EASR);
  3. some manufacturing equipment and activities will be eligible for online registration through Qualified Professionals (no more MOECC applications required)(PEASR);  
  4. some complex activities and processes will continue to follow established application submission and review processes but will enjoy shorter approval timelines (ECA).    

Noise continues to be a challenge as Ontario manufacturers expand and update their processes in order to compete, and land use re-zoning and intensification continues.  While approvals reform mentioned above will help provide some relief, compliance is not always black and white.   Land development that puts noise sensitive receptors, such as residential developments, in proximity to industry, can be problematic and facility owners and managers need to be aware of surrounding land use changes.  Conversely, land developers may be called upon to demonstrate that their development will not unduly impact surrounding land users and the MOECC is working on a renewed D6 Land Use Planning Guide. 

This seminar will discuss approvals, compliance and land use planning through a noise lens.  Hopefully our insight will help prevent you from making costly mistakes.  

  • If you are responsible for environmental compliance ……………………….you need to attend. 
  • If you are responsible for equipment selection or retrofit ……………………you need to attend
  • If you are involved in land use planning near major multi-use corridors…… need to attend
  • If you plan and design buildings or infrastructure projects  ………………….you need to attend
  • If you own or manage properties …………………..…………………………you need to attend

Why You Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-residential building owners and managers, developers, planners and architects. 

For many years, businesses in Ontario have been hoping for approvals reform that would allow them to be more in control of their compliance obligations, to help them become more competitive and at the very least not unduly burdened.  The MOECC has listened.     

Topics Covered:

  1. Environmental Air and Noise Approvals Reform   
  2. Permitting Options
  3. Your Provincial Air and Noise Compliance Obligations
  4. Noise Compatibility and Complaints   
  5. Land Use Planning and NPC 300
  6. Questions and Answers


Philip Girard, P.Eng., Vice President, Emissions Reduction & Compliance, Certified Toxic Reduction Planner.  For the past 30 years Phil has been providing consulting services to Ontario manufacturers, building owners and property managers and is active with industry associations, in particular Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Ontario Agri Business Association.   Phil continues to consult with and work with the MOECC and will bring these experiences to the seminar.

Vince Gambino, P.Eng., Director of Acoustics & Vibration Services, Emissions Reduction & Compliance Group.  Pinchin is excited to announce that Vince has joined our firm and will be speak at some of these breakfast seminars.  Vince is an Award winning Acoustical Consulting Engineer with over 30 years’ experience delivering solutions to a wide range of technical challenges that exist in sound and vibration.  Vince has a long list of achievements in the resolution of sound and vibration issues in Land Use Planning, Transportation Noise, Industrial/Environmental Noise, Construction Vibration, Power Generation and Architectural Acoustics.

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