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

As of April 1, 2021, the CFSRB has a new Practice Direction Communicating with the CFSRB.  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

Effective July 5, 2021, the CCB will continue to expand its use of videoconference.  A party may request for a hearing to be convened by videoconference.  The CCB has limited capacity for videoconferencing, however all mutual requests for videoconferencing will be granted if capacity is available.  

Further details can be found 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.

 


 

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

The HRTO announced on July 14, 2021 that they will begin scheduling some mediations and hearings by Zoom beginning July 15, 2021, with the goal of transitioning fully to Zoom later this year.

To support this change, Tribunals Ontario has published the Guide to Videoconference Proceedings and Zoom for the benefit of parties, representatives, and the public.

Proceedings may continue to take place by telephone, over Microsoft Teams, and in writing depending on the circumstance.

Further details can be found here.


Landlord & Tenant Board

On July 2, 2021, the LTB announced the launch of a new online tool, Navigate Tribunals Ontario, that will help users attain information about their rights and responsibilities and tribunal specific rules and processes.  To visit the Navigate Tribunals Ontario tool, please visit the LTB website.

On June 21, 2021, the LTB announced expansion of access terminals to three more hearing centres for parties who require access to a computer phone, and/or the internet to participate in their hearing.  The expansion includes sites in Hamilton, London and Ottawa.  To learn more about the access terminals please visit the LTB website.


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 Parole Board (OPB) is continuing to schedule and hold parole hearings.

The OPB is temporarily changing its processes to conduct hearings by electronic or written means, rather than solely in-person.

Recent amendments to Ontario regulations permit applications for temporary absences to be approved by the Ministry of the Solicitor General.

If referred to by the Ministry of the Solicitor General, the OPB will continue to review temporary absences longer than 72 hours in duration. Learn more about our new processes (PDF).

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.  

For more information, see the Board’s Notice to Community 


ONTARIO LAND TRIBUNAL

The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) hearings and mediations may be conducted by video conference or teleconference.  In-person hearings or hearings involving both in-person and electronic means are not currently available.  In response to COVID-19, all in-person service counters are closed until further notice.  Where possible, please use email to contact the OLT.  For more information, please visit the OLT site.


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

The SBT is amending the procedural timelines to accept:

  • appeals outside of the 30-day legislative requirement
  • additional documents for hearings outside of the regular timelines
  • reconsideration requests outside the 30-day legislative requirement.

The SBT will prioritize interim assistance matters and determine adjournments on a case-by-case basis.  The SBT may send Notices of Hearing after the 60 days legislated timeline and decisions may be released after the 60-day legislated timeframe.

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.


Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal has announced that the Tribunal Decision Search Database will return to the WSIAT website on July 17, 2021.  The database allows users to search decision summaries, and links to full text of decisions in HTML and pdf format.  The full text of Tribunal decisions continues to be searchable on CanLII.

WSIAT will be holding a virtual information session on September 28, 2021.  The session will involve a Chair’s update, caseload and case law update.  Further information, including how to register, can be found here.


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