The Government of Ontario has announced the creation of a new tribunal organization, the Ontario Land Tribunals, effective July 1, 2020.
The new organization will include the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Environmental Review Tribunal, Board of Negotiation, Conservation Review Board and the Mining and Lands Tribunal.
The Ontario Land Tribunals will adjudicate and mediate matters related to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, expropriated land valuation, mining and other matters. Ontario Land Tribunals will focus on land-related dispute resolution to help increase the housing supply in the province, while balancing the needs of environmental protection and conservation. Tribunals Ontario will focus on dispute resolution for 14 tribunals in the social, property assessment, safety and licensing sectors.
Attorney General Doug Downey has appointed Marie Hubbard as the Executive Chair of the Ontario Land Tribunals commencing on July 1, 2020. As the former Associate Chair of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Ms. Hubbard successfully reduced the backlog of Ontario Municipal Board legacy cases waiting to be heard by 38 per cent.
Tribunals Ontario will work with the province to support the implementation and transition to the new Ontario Land Tribunals. Applications and appeals currently with the OLT will continue to be processed.
Tribunals Ontario and the Ontario Land Tribunals are committed to delivering dispute resolution services in a fair, and efficient manner.