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Tribunals Ontario’s New Policy for Hearings

March 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Tribunals Ontario is taking action to safeguard the health and well-being of front-line workers and Ontarians, while continuing to ensure access to justice.

Effective today, 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 Monday March 16 until further notice.

Tribunals Ontario will continue to provide accommodation for people who have needs related to any of the grounds listed in the Human Rights Code.

Impacted individuals with upcoming hearing dates will be notified by staff via email to make the necessary arrangements. Parties should contact their tribunal or board for more information on the new policy.

In addition, we are requesting Ontarians to not attend to any tribunal or board location in-person if they have been advised by Public Health, their doctor or the Ministry of Health website to self-isolate due to possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Tribunals Ontario is monitoring COVID-19 developments and will update our policy based on advice from the Ministry of Health, Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials to protect Ontarians.

Tribunal and board contact information is listed on our website:

· Animal Care Review Board

· Assessment Review Board

· Board of Negotiation

· Child and Family Services Review Board

· Conservation Review Board

· Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

· Custody Review Board

· Environmental Review Tribunal

· Fire Safety Commission

· Human Rights Tribunals of Ontario

· Landlord and Tenant Board

· Licence Appeal Tribunal

· Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

· Mining and Lands Tribunal

· Ontario Civilian Police Commission

· Ontario Parole Board

· Ontario Special Education Tribunals

· Social Benefits Tribunal

For general inquiries, please email TO-TDO@ontario.ca

Sarah Copeland
Communications Branch

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