Mandate, Mission & Values


OLT is a cluster of five tribunals that effectively and efficiently resolve disputes related to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, land valuation and other matters.


We deliver modern, fair, responsive, accessible, effective and efficient dispute resolution services that support strong, healthy communities and the public interest.

Core Values

Core values are the guiding principles of OLT and the foundation on which its constituent tribunals fulfill their mandates.


  • Publications, communications and facilities, including hearing and mediation rooms, will provide for full and equitable access.
  • Diversity will be fully respected and reflected in all that OLT does.
  • Processes will be designed in a way that facilitates informed participation.
  • Proceedings will be conducted in a manner which is welcoming and respectful.
  • Practices and procedures will provide for a meaningful, effective opportunity to be heard on the relevant issues to be resolved in a particular case.

Consistency and Responsiveness

  • Procedures and outcomes will demonstrate consistency while remaining responsive to differing cases and party needs and to an evolving development of the law.

Continuous Improvement

  • By being proactive in modernizing OLT, the changing needs of Ontarians will be met.


  • Proceedings will be conducted impartially.
  • Decisions will be principled and based on the facts, the applicable law and policy, and on the merits of the case.

Integrity, Professionalism and Independence

  • Members and staff will act with honesty, integrity and professionalism, exhibiting the highest standards of public service.
  • Members and staff will work together to build public confidence in OLT, its constituent tribunals and the administration of justice.
  • OLT and its constituent tribunals must be, and be seen to be, neutral, unbiased and independent from improper influence.

Timeliness and Efficiency

  • Proceedings will be conducted in a just, expeditious and cost-effective manner and will be proportional to the issues that must be determined to resolve the dispute.
  • Decisions will be issued as soon as possible after a proceeding.

Transparency and Accountability

  • Tribunal procedures, rules, policies and decisions will be clear and readily available to the public.
  • Reasons for decisions will be concise and will explain how the decision was reached.
  • Through the provision of accurate public information OLT will be accountable to Ontarians.
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