Provide integrated stewardship through planning and management of land use, zoning development and waste management issues.

Ensure effective enforcement of, and compliance with, environmental legislation and regulations.

Provide effective consultation and liaison with municipal governments and Local Service Districts (LDS's) on governance issues.

To establish a policy direction consistent with the department's legislative mandate.

To establish a policy direction consistent with the department's legislative mandate.

Conduct planning and property tax assessment appeals.

This branch has the responsibility to monitor current environmental conditions, provide scientific testing services, and interpret, evaluate, and report on the state of the environment in NB. It also has a responsibility to provide interpreted data, forecasts, and advice to assist in informed decision making throughout ENV.

This section provides scientific testing resources for the determination of selected environmental contaminants in various media. It is also charged with providing advice to other program areas on questions related to sampling protocols, recommended test methods, observed trends, and other areas of expertise.

This branch is mandated to plan suitable development in the appropriate places, and to ensure that it is undertaken using acceptable methods. It has responsibility for advancing the concepts of provincial and regional planning, and the environmental assessment of activities and developments before they are undertaken.

This section is responsible for drinking water source protection in NB. Its work is informed by reports of current environmental conditions from the State of the Environment Branch, and staff work closely with other branches as well. In the coming months, staff will participate in a review of the exemption process, to develop an improved system for water source protection, with less reliance on exemptions. This work will be done in partnership with regional staff, to develop regional capabilities in this area, while maintaining a strong central resource for technical expertise.

This section is responsible for the environmental assessment of new projects to ensure that they are developed in an acceptable manner. The expertise of wetlands staff will be important in fulfilling this mandate. Staff in this section will rely on the work of the State of the Environment Branch as well as information and advice from other branches, to provide input into their decision making processes.

This section is charged with surface water protection, including freshwater and coastal features, as well as the marine program. This section will work to establish a broader WAWA certification process and will partner with regional staff to develop regional capabilities in the area of WAWA permitting. Staff in this section will rely on the work of the State of the Environment Branch as well as information and advice from other branches, to provide input into their decision making processes.

The Impact Management Branch is charged with imposing conditions on specified activities to acceptably manage impacts to the environment. This will be done using various regulatory tools, and compliance with conditions will be assessed through a strong compliance auditing program.

This section is responsible for managing the impact of activities surrounding actual or potential contamination of the province's land. This is done in partnership with regional staff, and typically includes imposing conditions on activities using various tools (standards, approvals, etc.), and assessing compliance through compliance auditing. The section will use information provided by the State of the Environment Branch and the Sustainable Development, Planning and Impact Evaluation Branch, as inputs into their decision-making processes and will work closely with regional staff toward increased local program delivery.

This section is responsible for managing the impacts associated with domestic water and wastewater treatment systems. This is done in partnership with regional staff, by imposing conditions on these systems through standards, approvals, etc., assessing compliance through auditing and working with various stakeholders to deliver a scientifically based program. The section will use informtion provided by the State of the Environment Branch and the Sustainable Development, Planning and Impact Evaluation Branch, as inputs into their decision-making processes and will work closely with regional staff toward increased local program delivery.

This Section is responsible for managing the impact of activities associated with industrial facilities in NB, as well as impact management for the release of ozone depleting substances to our environment. This is done by imposing conditions on these facilities (through standards, permits, approvals, etc) and assessing compliance through a detailed auditing process. The section will use information provided by the State of the Environment Branch and the Sustainable Development, Planning and Impact Evaluation Branch, as inputs into their decision-making processes and will work closely with regional staff toward increased local program delivery.

The Standards Setting Branch is responsible for working with other branches to coordinate the development of environmental standards/protocols for ENV. It will also maintain existing standards, and coordinate a compliance audit program.

The Program Operations and Enforcement Branch is charged with the delivery of ENV programs, and the management of enforcement activities for the department. The role of this branch will evolve, as local service delivery is expanded.

The Regional Program Delivery Section is responsible for the delivery and support of a wide range of departmental programs and services. This section will work closely with other branches in the department, providing feedback to central office staff about how programs are received by the public. Staff will also work closely with central office staff to determine what additional program functions can be delivered locally, and what resources and expertise are required to allow the regions to provide an expanded, client focussed delivery of service to the public.

This section is responsible for managing enforcement activities related to the Acts and Regulations under ENV’s mandate. To ensure that this responsibility continues to be met, this section will complete a broad-based review of the enforcement program, looking at how to ensure that all regions will have ongoing and timely access to investigative services, as well as considering potential changes to enforcement requirements that may arise from an increased use of standards to impose conditions on activities, and an increased frequency of compliance audits.

The Secretariat is mandated to develop, implement, and report, in cooperation with other departments, on actions that address greenhouse gas emission reductions and adaptation. It is also responsible to manage continued engagement with provincial stakeholders, federal, provincial, territorial, and international jurisdictions and the NEG-ECP region, on climate change matters, and interacts in the development of public awareness and education programs.

The Green Economy Project is mandated to provide a focus on sustainable development and the Green Economy. It will lead the development of an approach to achieve a green economy, incorporating connections to energy policy, climate change, and sustainable development.

The Corporate Services Division is an overall provider of administrative support to the Department, providing leadership, co-ordination and advice in the areas of Human Resources, Information Management, and Administration.

The Human Resource Services Branch provides support, advice and guidance to departmental staff in the areas of employment services, human resource administration, classification, payroll, insured benefits, training and development and labour relations. This section is also responsible for the development of programs and policies dealing with human resource issues and the co-ordination of various corporate initiatives, policies and programs.

To provide central administration services to the other branches of the department in support of the delivery of departmental programs and services.

The Information Management Services Branch is responsible for information technology planning, support and management of information and data, ensuring that departmental staff have access to reliable and secure information technology services and data.
A key function of this Branch is to facilitate the most effective use of Information Technology within the Department.
In addition, the Branch administers the Records Management Program that is responsible for care, custody and control of all departmental records (files). Service include file creation, retrieval/storage of subject files/financial documents, development/revision of records schedules, transfer of inactive records to off-site storage, advice to staff on records management issues.

Finance and Administration serves the department in an advisory and supportive capacity with primary responsibility for accounting, budget preparation, payments and revenues. It co-ordinates mail services and provides direction and support for space requirements, and the acquisition of equipment and materials.

To provide professional, technical and advisory support to management, staff and clients on financial matters, and to process the financial transactions in the departmnet.

The Communications Branch deals with the preparation of departmental communications (news releases, legislative statements, briefing notes, speeches, annuals reports, etc.). The Section acts as a liaison with the media.

The Educational Services Branch is responsible for coordinating and developing public information and educational materials and opportunities; designing and coordinating public consultation programs and activities; and managing the Department's technical library and reference resource center. The Branch also oversees the development and maintenance of the Department's Internet site; and provides liaison with the general public and special interest groups.

The Policy and Strategic Initiatives Division has the responsibility for ensuring that policy, strategic planning, public engagement and inter-governmental liaison activities are developed and implemented in a cohesive and meaningful fashion in support of Government commitments and the operational goals and commitments of the Department of Environment and the Department of Local Government.

This branch manages policy, regulatory and legislative proposals as well as responses to motions / petitions, and documentation re: introduction of bills. It is also responsible for RTI requests for ENV.

This branch will direct the framework for legislative renewal and facilitate projects with line branches. It also provides informal legal interpretation, coordinates formal legal opinions and liases with DOJ to defend ENV/LG in court cases.

This branch is mandated to work with divisions to develop new policy concepts identified in Operational Plans. It will also manage the strategic and operational plans, and prepare commitment updates to gov’t.

The Role of this Division is to provide liaison services, financial support, and assistance with local municipal activities. It provides for effective consultation and liaison with Municipalities/Local Service Districts and Regions.





The Local and Regional Governance Branch oversees the establishment and restructuring (amalgamation, annexation, decrement) of municipalities, rural communities and service commissions in the province. It also assists communities interested in concluding shared service agreements. In addition, it provides assistance to Business Improvement Areas in the fulfillment of their mandate of revitalizing and strengthening the downtown core of municipalities.

This section is mandated to plan for development that fits communities as well as the environment, as it advances the concepts of provincial and regional planning, and provides input for changes to the Community Planning Act. It draws information from the State of the Environment Branch to understand the current state of an area, and obtains input from other branches on appropriate development. This section works closely with the regional offices to connect issues such as subdivision planning with related issues of non-compliant construction causing environmental dammage.

The Capacity Building and Local Services Branch provides liaison services, assistance with local municipal activities. It provides for effective consultation and liaison with Municipalities and Rural Communities/Local Service Districts and Regions.

The Community Finances Branch is responsible for the administration of financial aspects of local government bodies. It provides budgetary advice, review and financial assistance to LSDs; provides municipalities and rural communities and special purpose commissions with advice and authorization for capital financing through the Municipal Capital Borrowing Board (MCBB) and reviews and approves municipal budgets and audited financial statements.