The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario is a cluster of five tribunals that resolve and decide matters arising from over 30 statutes relating to human and animal protection, public safety and the public interest – including compensation claims and licensing, policing, parole, fire safety, and animal care orders.
Pursuant to Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, responsibility for automobile accident benefits dispute resolution moved from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to SLASTO’s LAT on April 1, 2016.
The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario will deliver administrative justice in a fair, independent and timely manner. We promote public confidence through integrity and excellence, and by being accessible, accountable and responsive.
The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario will be a leader in administrative justice as an integrated cluster of tribunals resolving and deciding matters of public protection and safety.
The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) is an adjudicative cluster comprised of the following five administrative tribunals:
- The Animal Care Review Board (ACRB);
- The Fire Safety Commission (FSC);
- The Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT);
- The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC); and
- The Ontario Parole Board (OPB)
As per the Ministry of the Attorney General’s (MAG) website, an administrative tribunal is “an autonomous agency that is independent of the provincial government and is responsible for settling disputes between the Province of Ontario and its citizens. An administrative tribunal is also known as an agency, board or commission”.
Clusters are established through regulation under the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act (ATAGAA), when the matters of two or more tribunals can operate more effectively and efficiently as part of a cluster rather than on their own.
As a cluster, SLASTO resolves and decides matters arising from over 30 statutes relating to human and animal protection, public safety and the public interest. SLASTO is guided by the following four core values:
Publications, communications and facilities will provide full and equitable access. Practices and procedures will be designed to promote informed and meaningful participation, and support diversity and inclusion.
High quality services are delivered consistently and with regard to value for money, resulting in a fair and accessible experience for parties, stakeholders, staff and members.
Staff and members will act with honesty and professionalism, exhibiting the highest standards of public service.
Proceedings will be conducted impartially and parties will have a reasonable opportunity to be heard. Decisions will be principled and based on the facts, the applicable law and the merits of the case.