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Government Announces New Ontario Land Tribunals Organization and Executive Chair

Jun 24, 2020

Ontario Land Tribunals (OLT)

On 22 June 2020, the Government of Ontario announced the creation of a new tribunal organization (cluster), the Ontario Land Tribunals (OLT), to replace Environment and Land Tribunals of Ontario (ELTO) effective 1 July 2020. The announcement is here.

The new organization includes the same tribunals that constituted the ELTO cluster with the exception of the Assessment Review Board, which will remain a part of Tribunals Ontario. The resulting organizational arrangement is shown here. A brief description of these tribunals is available here.

The ELTO website here will be decommissioned and the new OLT website here will replace it on 1 July 2020.

The ELTO website describes the commitment of the cluster as follows:

ELTO and all who work within it are committed to providing access to justice and to high quality, independent, timely, fair and principled resolutions of the matters brought before them.

In making the announcement of the creation of OLT, the Government describes the commitment of the new cluster (and tribunals within Tribunals Ontario) as follows:

Tribunals Ontario and the Ontario Land Tribunals are committed to delivering dispute resolution services in a fair, and efficient manner.

Executive Chair Appointment

Marie Hubbard, current Associate Chair of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), will become the Executive Chair of this new organization, effective 1 July 2020. The announcement letter from Ms. Hubbard is available here.  No announcement has been made as to the replacement for Ms. Hubbard at the LPAT.

Increases in Fees

In her letter, Ms. Hubbard announced that fees for filing appeals with the LPAT will increase, effective 1 July 2020, depending on the type of appeal. The new fee schedule is available here. The news release regarding increased fees for a number of tribunals, including the LPAT is available here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dennis Wood at dwood@woodbull.ca.

Author(s): Dennis Wood


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