March 26, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The order suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.
If current and / or new parties are not able to meet a timeline, Tribunals Ontario will allow them to do so at a later date. For example, if parties are not able to meet the timeline for submitting an application to a tribunal, they will be able to submit it at a later date.
Tribunals Ontario is continuing to deliver service across the province. Most tribunals are continuing to have hearings, mediations, and case conferences by teleconference or in writing, while some tribunals are rescheduling matters to later dates.
If you are not able to proceed with a matter, please contact the tribunal to reschedule. If you are not able to attend a proceeding by teleconference or in writing, the tribunal will be able to reschedule the matter to another date.
COVID-19 Policy – Postponing Hearings
March 13, 2020
Effective March 13, 2020, Tribunals Ontario is implementing a new policy to postpone in-person hearings and reschedule 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 as of March 16 until further notice.
For more information, please see the news release.
The Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) is an independent, quasi-judicial agency and is one of five tribunals in the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO) cluster.
LAT adjudicates applications and resolves disputes concerning compensation claims and licensing activities regulated by the provincial government, including those activities of delegated administrative authorities.
LAT currently has two main divisions: the General Service (GS) and the Automobile Accident Benefits Service (AABS).
While LAT-GS oversees a wide range of legislation and case types, LAT-AABS began receiving applications under the Insurance Act, and the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule on April 1, 2016 as part of the Ontario government’s automobile insurance Cost & Rate Reduction Strategy. The Strategy transferred the jurisdiction for the Auto Insurance Dispute Resolution System (AIDRS) from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to LAT. LAT-AABS’ mandate is to resolve disputes about an insured person’s entitlement to, or amount of, a statutory motor vehicle accident benefit.