Tribunal Updates

For the current status of Federal Tribunals and Agencies please see here.

For updates from Tribunals Ontario please see here


Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

AGCO will continue its compliance monitoring activities as well as its licensing, registration and customer services. The AGCO’s online portal,iAGCO, will continue to remain open. The AGCO will continue its activities to monitor compliance with laws and regulations. Individuals and businesses can continue to access AGCO’s live customer support by phone or online from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, though you may at times experience a longer than usual wait time. You can also submit your questions, comments or complaints anytime. You may also contact your local Compliance Official by phone or email if you have any questions.

For detailed information see: AGCO Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic


Animal Care Review Board

The Board requests that applications, supporting documentation, and case-related submissions be submitted via email to acrb.registrar@ontario.ca.

For more information, see here.


Assessment Review Board

In-person hearings are postponed and rescheduled to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here


Child & Family Services Review Board

The CFSRB will accept applications, appeals, documents and submissions outside the legislated timelines.

The CFSRB may enforce legislated timelines, such as hearings to request an order to release a child or youth from a secure treatment program under the Emergency Secure Treatment application.

Hearings and mediations are being held by teleconference, videoconference or in writing.

Further details can be found here.


Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) continues to hear applications electronically or in written format.

If you are not able to meet a timeline as set out in the CICB's Rules, you will be allowed to do so at a later date.

If you are not able to proceed with a hearing, contact the CICB to request to have the matter rescheduled.

Further details can be found here.


College of Massage Therapists of Ontario 

There will be no walk-in visits at CMTO. The CMTO cannot receive packages at their office, and has asked the public to use electronic mail wherever possible. The public can also use mail or registered mail which will be received at an alternative location. The CMTO has also rescheduled its certification examinations, for more information, see the CMTO update here: https://www.cmto.com/whats-new/covid-19-update/.


College of Nurses of Ontario Discipline Committee 

The building is currently closed to visitors. Discipline hearings scheduled between March 16, 2020 and April 3, 2020  will be rescheduled to a later date. For more information: https://www.cno.org/en/protect-public/hearing-schedule/.  


Consent and Capacity Board

All hearings that have been scheduled to convene in person and by way of videoconference have been converted to a teleconference platform. Parties to hearings before the Board are receiving additional information about this new protocol with their Notice of Hearing. Hearings will be scheduled in 2-hour time blocks commencing at 8:15am and concluding at 5:45 pm, absent exceptional circumstances. This protocol is the only means available to deal with hearing pressures given the Board’s limited staff, member and technology resources. Please note that the Board has Rules of Practice which include specific Rules related to Written and Electronic Hearings which parties are encouraged to review.Please find more detailed information here.


Custody Review Board

The Custody Review Board (CRB) continues to hear applications and make recommendations on the placement of young people in custody or detention.

The CRB will accept applications, appeals, documents and submission outside the legislated timelines. Hearings are being held by teleconference or in writing.

Further details can be found here.


Condominium Authority of Ontario

The CAO’s online services are fully available to support parties during this time period and the CAO team can still be reached via the Contact Us Page.

All deadlines remain in effect for returns, notice of change filing, payments, and director training completion.

All in progress CAT cases will continue as standard course of business. Please ensure that you meet all provided deadlines. If you have concerns about meeting existing deadlines please contact the Member assigned to your case or send an email to CATinfo@condoauthorityontario.ca.

Detailed information can be found here.


Environmental Review Tribunal

In-person hearings are postponed and rescheduled to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here.


Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The HRTO has issued a Practice Direction on Hearing Formats during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) continues to hear applications electronically or in written format.

The HRTO is amending the procedural timelines to allow the one-year limitation period contained in the Human Rights Code and procedural time periods relevant to a proceeding to resume once the Emergency Order ends.

Further details can be found here.


Landlord & Tenant Board

Today, the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) announced it is gradually expanding services in August. However, all in-person service counters remain closed until further notice.

Effective August 1, 2020, the LTB will:

  • Begin to issue eviction orders that are pending;
  • Start to issue consent eviction orders which are based on landlord and tenants settling their dispute through an agreement;
  • Continue to hear urgent eviction matters related to health and safety that are scheduled;
  • Start to schedule hearings for non-urgent evictions; and
  • Conduct non-urgent eviction hearings starting in mid-August and into the fall.

As services gradually resume, the LTB is strengthening its ability to deliver fair, effective and timely services during the COVID-19 outbreak by:

  • Holding hearings by videoconference, phone or in writing.
  • Encouraging landlords and tenants to discuss a settlement prior to an eviction application hearing with an adjudicator.
  • Expanding the use of Case Management Hearings to include most eviction applications filed by landlords that do not include rent arrears.
  • Recruiting and training adjudicators to resume full service.

See the announcement here.


Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

All appearance hearings, telephone conference calls and mediation events scheduled until April 3, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled at a later date. The Tribunal will also not schedule any new hearing event until further notice. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here.


Ontario Energy Board

The Ontario Energy Board is temporarily waiving the requirement to submit hard copies with each electronic filing in regulatory proceedings. Those engaged in active OEB proceedings should continue submitting electronic copies of documents through the online portal or by email.

No oral hearings or technical conferences will be scheduled in the near term. Other events at the OEB’s offices like settlement conferences and multi-stakeholder meetings, including working groups and consultation sub-committee meetings, will be conducted via webinar or conference call, or rescheduled to a later date. All other planned meetings at the OEB’s offices between staff and representatives of regulated entities or other stakeholders will be conducted by webinar or conference call.

Further details can be found here.


Ontario Labour Relations Board

The Board will not be suspending the time periods in which steps must be taken in its proceedings during this time and will be processing applications in the usual course, so long as the required declarations that an employer is continuing to operate and carry on business have been made.  

In-person hearings have been cancelled up to and including May 29, 2020.

For all certification/termination/displacement applications, the applicant will now be required to confirm to the Board that the employer is continuing to operate and carry on business. Changes have been made to the following forms: A-1, A-6, A71 and A-77. The Board continues to hold representation votes electronically, but votes will not be held for workplaces closed as a result of COVID19.  

For grievance referrals in the construction industry, no default decisions will be issued until the applicant has confirmed to the Board by declaration that the employer is continuing to operate and carry on business.  

Ontario Parole Board

In-person hearings are postponed and rescheduled to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here.


Ontario Securities Commission

The Ontario Securities Commission will not be holding in-person hearings until at least April 30, 2020. The Office of the Secretary will reach out to parties with hearings scheduled between now and April 30 to determine if a hearing may proceed via teleconference or in writing.

The OSC's Contact Centre is operational at essential staffing levels. At this time, we encourage you to contact us by e-mail or by phone only, as we cannot respond to correspondence received by mail or by fax during this period. 

Further information is available here.


Ontario Special Education Tribunals

In-person hearings are postponed and rescheduled to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here.


Social Benefits Tribunal

In-person hearings are postponed and rescheduled to a later date. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered to minimize disruption to hearings across the organization. In addition, all front-line counter services will be closed until further notice.

Further details can be found here.


Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal

WSIAT has begun planning for the scheduling of a small number of in-person hearings.  The WSIAT anticipates being able to resume in-person hearings, on a limited basis, in mid-August. 

The scheduling of time-sensitive matters that are not suitable for teleconference or videoconference will be prioritized for in-person hearings and further information about the selection of cases for in-person hearings will be provided soon.

Further information can be found here.


For the current status of Federal Tribunals and Agencies please see here.