How to Search the Environmental Violations Database (EVD)

Users can search by one or multiple parameters. For example, if you are looking for a particular party (individual or business), or a particular requirement (hunting without a licence), the search function supports those search types. Also search by geographical location, act, regulation, year.

Searches can be returned in either of 2 formats:

  • On-screen summary (html)
  • Exported to a CSV file for use in Excel and other applications

Due to data entry from multiple agencies across the ministry, location names may vary (a location may be entered as a park name, a region, or as the name of the nearest city or town).

For further assistance with searches, please see the map.

Why two options - the Quarterly Environmental Enforcement Summary (QEES) and the Environmental Violations Database (EVD)?

  • QEES is a static PDF report that provides users with a useful summary of all enforcement actions in one brief time-span, representing the best information available at the time of publication
  • EVD is a live, searchable database that receives updates when new information is available (post publication)

While the ministry always strives for accuracy and completeness in the QEES, the information may not be as up-to-date as that in the EVD. For the most accurate information, users are advised to use the EVD.

Inclusion of names

The Ministry of Environment is committed to assuring the protection of privacy in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA). FOIPPA does not prohibit the release of business names and these are reported in EVD.

By the authority of the Ministry of Environment Act, the Ministry may publish the names of individuals that have been sanctioned under Ministry of Environment or Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations legislation. For offences outside of the range of this authority, the guilty party is recorded as “individual” to assure the protection of privacy.

The Ministry reports guilty parties in order to provide a high level of openness and accountability while protecting the environment and human health and safety, and as a deterrent to future non-compliance.