About the CRB

CRB Role

The Conservation Review Board (CRB) is an adjudicative tribunal that through the mandate provided by the Ontario Heritage Act considers a number of matters such as the proposed designation of a property as having cultural heritage value or interest; application for the repeal of a by-law on a specific property; applications related to the alteration of a property covered by a by-law; and matters related to archaeological licensing. The CRB, through the prehearing process and mediation, efforts will attempt to settle the dispute where appropriate.

Where a case does not settle and proceeds to hearing, after the hearing the CRB will provided a Recommendation on the matter to either the municipal council or the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport who have the final decision

CRB History and Jurisdiction

The CRB was established in 1975 under Part 3 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The CRB conducts proceedings on matters that are referred, which includes both pre-hearing conferences to explore the potential of settlement as well as formal hearings to hear evidence and arguments to best enable the CRB to make recommendations to the final decision making power for that particular case. The CRB has responsibilities under both Part 4 and Part 6 of the act.

In 2005, changes to the act gave the CRB additional responsibilities to consider objections concerning properties deemed provincially significant by the Minister under Part 4 of the act. In addition, the changes permit the cross-appointment of CRB Members to OMB panels hearing certain appeals under the act.

In 2009, an Order in Council transferred responsibility for the CRB from the Ministry of Culture to the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG). The CRB’s jurisdiction and its authority are defined by the Ontario Heritage Act and the Statutory Powers Procedure Act.