Ministry Orders

To ensure the ongoing delivery of high quality programs and services to the community, City staff and other levels of government monitor our work to make sure that we continue to be compliant with various government regulations and Acts. Ministries of the provincial and federal governments have the authority to issue orders to municipalities to comply with requirements under these regulations and Acts. Ministries may order municipalities to perform certain work or activities, or prepare, submit and implement a plan for achieving compliance with a requirement or requirements under a particular Act deemed necessary by the Ministry.

Active and Closed Ministry Orders for the City of Hamilton:


Issued to: Public Works - Woodward Ave WWTP
Issued by: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Date: November 28, 2019
Status: Active
• Director’s Order (November 2019) (PDF, 550 KB)
• Revised Provincial Officer Order (November 2019) (PDF, 411 KB)
• Provincial Officer Order (August 2018) (PDF, 198 KB)

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Issued to: Public Works - Civic Operations Centre/349 Jones Road
Issued by: Ministry of Labour
Date: January 17, 2020
Reason: Response to a work refusal
Status: Closed - January 31, 2020
MOL Field Visit Report (January 2020) (PDF, 209 KB)

The Ministry of Labour issued the City notices of compliance for both parts of this order.
Notice of Compliance (January 2020) (PDF, 56.3 KB)