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Prohibition on Recording of Hearing Events

June 28, 2021

On June 3, 2021, the Ontario government passed the Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021, which adds a new section 29 to the Statutory Powers Procedure Act. The new section imposes prohibitions on various activities relating to the recording of proceedings, which includes hearing events before the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT).

In accordance to the new section 29 of the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, persons found improperly recording hearing events before the OLT and/or distributing those recordings may be liable to a fine of up to $25,000.

Under Rule 22 of the OLT’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, the recording of hearing events before the OLT is prohibited without the prior approval of the presiding Tribunal Member. Approval may be subject to conditions that no distribution or public re-playing of the recording occurs, and that it does not constitute an official transcript of the hearing or a record for use in any subsequent proceeding.

The OLT is committed to conducting its proceedings with fairness and neutrality to ensure principled resolutions of the matters brought before it.

For more information, please refer to Rule 22 of the OLT’s Rules of Practice and Procedure and section 29 of the Statutory Powers Procedure Act.

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