Ontario's Ministry of the Environment has developed Publication LU-131 Noise Assessment Criteria in Land Use Planning. The major objective of the planning process is to minimize the potential for conflict between proposed land uses and many sources of noise pollution. The Ministry of the Environment is involved in the process of planning new noise sensitive land uses, such as residential subdivisions. For new sources of sound or for changes to existing sources of sound, the Ministry issues a Certificate of Approval providing the source is in compliance with the Ministry's guidelines. For noise sensitive land uses, the Ministry makes comments and recommendations on land use planning matters related to its mandate.
The City of Ottawa also has a report named Environmental Noise Control Guidelines for New Land Use Planning which define criteria for noise impact assessment of proposed residential or other noise-sensitive land uses as well as new noise generating land uses in the City of Ottawa. Also, responsibilities for achieving the sound level criteria that ensure a comfortable living environment are assigned. Guidance in the form of good planning criteria and procedures is provided for development of noise-sensitive land uses adjacent to existing sources of noise or potential noise-generating land uses adjacent to existing and/or approved noise-sensitive land uses. The contents of this guideline document are intended to provide direction to the City staff, developers and planning/engineering consultants on the requirements of the City in land use planning where environmental noise is a factor.