The Environmental review and licensing process in Manitoba begins with the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Approvals Branch. Applications for permitting activities and licensing of developments are made to this branch.

The detail and breadth of information required in these applications varies with the type and size of the development or activity, as defined in The Environment Act regulations. The proposals are reviewed by staff from the Environmental Approvals Branch, other provincial and federal branches and departments for relevance, completeness and adherence to current regulations and standards. Announcements for public review of proposals are published in relevant newspapers and copies of the proposals are provided for review in the Public Registry, for a specified time. Once the public review period has expired, public and reviewer comments are considered and the branch/Director/Minister may then issue a license, provided the proposal meets current environmental regulations and standards; or have it referred to the Clean Environment Commission for a public hearing should there be a great deal of public interest or concern.

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Enforcement of Environmental Regulations

Once an environmental license has been issued, Sustainable Development Regional Operations are responsible for inspections to ensure the conditions of the licenses are being met and other environmental regulations/standards are adhered to. To get more information on environmental programs, enforcement and Manitoba Sustainable Development regional contacts please visit