Renewable Energy

Waterfalls - Magpie River
Waterfalls - Magpie River
Photo: Robert Metcalfe

Ontario has placed a priority on expanding the use of clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, water, solar and bio-energy. Renewable energy projects can provide environmental and economic benefits locally, provincially and globally, and reduce threats to biodiversity from the impacts of climate change.


The Government of Ontario has established a legislative and policy framework to support renewable energy development. For more information on this overall framework please visit the Ministry of Energy’s Renewable Energy Facilitation Office





Generation station on river – Umbatta Falls
Generation station on river – Umbatta Falls
Photo: Kim Groenendyk/MNR

MNR’s role in Renewable Energy:
Within this legislative and policy framework, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry plays an important role in the development of renewable energy projects through the management of Ontario’s Crown land and natural resources. The Ministry also administers a number of statutes, many of which apply to the application, review, and approval of renewable energy projects. MNR's role in renewable energy development is to:

  • manage Ontario’s Crown lands
  • participate as government agency in class environmental assessments (waterpower) and the Renewable Energy Approval process (windpower, solar power and bio-energy), and
  • administer legislative approvals that may apply on Crown or private lands

Energy Procurement and Crown Land

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has aligned its application process for access to Crown land for renewable energy development with the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA’s) energy procurement application processes. Information and materials regarding the alignment of Crown land renewable energy opportunities and OPA energy procurement programs can be found on the MNR’s Applications for Crown Land page.