Last updated: August 21, 2020
Ontario Land Tribunals continues to provide services to the public while keeping Ontarians safe. To comply with physical-distancing direction from public health authorities, most staff and adjudicators are working remotely.
In response to COVID-19, all in-person service counters are closed until further notice. Where possible, please use email to contact Ontario Land Tribunal’s boards and tribunals.
On This Page
- Suspending Limitation Periods
- Service Changes for Tribunals and Boards
- Additional Resources on COVID-19
Suspending Limitation Periods
The suspension of time periods under the Planning Act, s.114 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, and ss. 10(13) of O.Reg. 173/16 (Community Planning Permits) terminated on June 22, 2020, pursuant to O.Reg. 278/20, which specifically exempts these planning matters from the general suspension of all limitation periods under O.Reg. 73/20.
Please note that the time periods associated with other planning related matters (e.g. time periods under the Ontario Heritage Act), as well as procedural timelines established in relation to such matters, remain suspended pursuant to O.Reg. 73/20. The suspensions under O.Reg. 73/20 are retroactive to March 16, 2020.
Ontario Land Tribunals continues to deliver service across the province. Most of its constituent tribunals continue to have hearings, mediations, and case conferences by videoconference, teleconference, or in writing; however, some matters not suitable to be heard using these methods may have to be rescheduled to later dates.
If you are not able to attend a proceeding by videoconference, teleconference, or in writing, you may object in accordance with Rule 20.2 (for videoconference and teleconference hearings) or Rule 21.3 (for written hearings).
Service Changes for Tribunals and Boards
The Mailroom at 655 Bay is open 5 days a week and available to receive mail through Canada Post and courier mail.
Board of Negotiation
The Board of Negotiation (BON) continues to hold mediations by teleconference. We will contact parties for further information about upcoming mediations.
If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.
How to Submit a Request for Mediation
To submit new request for a mediation and documents, email BON.Registrar@ontario.ca. We will contact parties for further information about upcoming mediations.
Please contact the office by phone or email only. Please visit the BON Contact page.
Conservation Review Board
The Conservation Review Board (CRB) continues to receive and process new objections.
Hearings and pre-hearing settlement conference events are being held by teleconference.
If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, please continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.
How to Submit Objections
Email new objections and documents to email@example.com. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.
If you submit by mail or fax, you will experience processing delays.
Please contact the office by phone or email only. Please visit the CRB Contact page.
Environmental Review Tribunal
The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) continues to receive and process new appeals and applications.
The ERT will hold all hearings and mediations via teleconference.
Effective April 9, 2020, the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Emergency Order no longer applies to matters heard by the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. The timeline to appeal a Niagara Escarpment Commission decision on a develop permit application is 14 days.
How to Submit Applications
Email new appeals and applications to ERTTribunalsecretary@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.
Contact the office by phone or email only. Please visit the ERT Contact page.
Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is continuing to receive and process new appeals and applications.
LPAT will schedule settlement hearings through teleconference or written submissions, on a case-by-case basis.
Parties interested in settlement hearings must submit a Settlement Request Form (PDF) demonstrating that there would be no prejudice to any other party if LPAT were to proceed by teleconference, video hearing or written submissions.
LPAT will respond to requests for a settlement hearing and issue any directions including, if necessary, directions for email notice.
Recovery of operations – Alternative Hearing Methods
LPAT is reviewing appeals that have been adjourned to consider whether, in certain cases, an alternative to an in-person hearing can be considered and scheduled.
The Tribunal may schedule certain events by alternative methods such as teleconference, video hearing or written submission to allow certain matters to proceed before the Tribunal.
Not all proceedings are suitable for an event conducted by alternative hearing methods.
LPAT will schedule teleconferences on a case by case basis with the parties to receive updates on their efforts to resolve their dispute and may issue procedural directions.
Additionally, LPAT is prepared to consider whether a mediation can be scheduled by video and/or teleconference on a case by case basis.
Contact the office by phone or email only. Please visit the LPAT Contact page.
Mining and Lands Tribunal
The Mining and Lands Tribunal (MLT) is continuing to deliver services.
Hearings and mediations are being held by teleconference. If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.
How to Submit Applications
To submit new appeals, applications and documents, email MLT.Registrar@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.
Contact MLT.Registrar@ontario.ca if you have any questions.
If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.
Please visit the MLT Contact page.
Additional Resources on COVID-19
- Government of Ontario COVID-19 latest updates
- Government of Ontario news releases
- Government of Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)