OMB News and Updates

James McKenzie has been appointed as the New Associate Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

February 3, 2017

James McKenzie has been appointed as the new Associate Chair of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), effective February 2, 2017.

Mr. McKenzie is a skilled mediator and adjudicator and is highly respected by peers and practitioners.  Mr. McKenzie was appointed to the OMB as Vice Chair in 2007, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of conflict management and alternative dispute resolution to the Board. As a Vice Chair of the OMB, Mr. McKenzie has played an important role in training Members, reviewing draft decisions and assisting with case management issues.  Mr. McKenzie has also contributed to improving tribunal processes related to efficient adjudication and has enhanced tribunal processes related to the provision of mediation services.

Mr. McKenzie is a professional mediator and planner and has taught mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Royal Roads University. Mr. McKenzie was formerly a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and until his appointment to the Board, was a Registered Professional Planner.

Mr. McKenzie holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University.

About OMB

  • The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is an independent adjudicative tribunal that conducts hearings and makes decisions on matters that have been appealed to the OMB under specific provincial legislation. While the OMB has a mandate under a large number of statutes, the majority of appeals arise under the Planning Act for planning instruments, such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances. The other major areas of appeals/applications are claims for compensation filed under the Expropriations Act, appeals related to development charges, ward boundaries and aggregate resources.
  • The OMB is one of the five Boards within the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), a cluster of tribunals that resolve appeals, applications and other disputes under 100 statutes in relation to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, property assessment, land valuation and other matters.
  • ELTO made up of five adjudicative tribunals:

Adjudicative tribunals play a vital role in the justice system by using their specialized expertise to hear a variety of disputes in an independent and impartial manner.

Bruce Krushelnicki
Executive Chair
Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto ON M5G 1E5
416 212 6349

OMB Rule 107 Change, effective January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017

Decisions of the OMB will now be delivered by email instead of by hard copy mailing. Rule 107 will reflect this change effective January 1, 2017. If you wish to be mailed a hard copy please contact the OMB Case Coordinator with your case number.   To identify the Case Coordinator assigned to your case, please visit our OMB E-status page.

If you require further assistance, please contact public inquiry at toll-free 1-866-448-2248 or (416) 212-6349.

Previous Rule 107:

  1. Effective Date of Board Decision: A Board decision is effective on the date that the decision or order is issued in hard copy, unless it states otherwise.

New Rule 107 effective January 1, 2017:

  1. Effective Date of Board Decision: A Board decision is effective on the date that the decision or order is issued by electronic means, or in hard copy, unless the decision or order states otherwise.

OMB Fees Have Changed

Further to the Board’s announcement on July 1, 2016, the fee to file a Request for Review of an OMB decision has also increased from $125 to $300.

Please be advised that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), a constituent tribunal of the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO), has changed its appeal fees.

Effective July 1, 2016, the OMB appeal fee has changed from $125 to $300.

  • The fee of $25 for each additional consent appeal filed by the same appellant against connected consent applications does not change.
  • The fee of $25 for each additional variance appeal filed by the same appellant against connected variance applications does not change.

Please note: the appeal fee increase applies to OMB appeals that are date stamped by the municipality/approval authority on or after July 1, 2016.  OMB appeal fees are still $125 for appeals date stamped before July 1, 2016.

ELTO is committed to maintaining a fair, modern and efficient adjudicative tribunal system through improved technology and alternate service delivery methods. The filing fees are a necessary requirement to fulfill this commitment and help offset the associated costs with providing these improvements.

OMB filing fees have not changed for 25 years, while operating and administrative costs have increased significantly. The tribunal will continue to carry out their functions of processing appeals, scheduling hearings and issuing decisions in the most efficient way possible.

This fee change is in line with the Ministry’s revenue and reinvestment strategy, which supports the province’s plan to move towards recovering operating costs through user fees. The fees are still structured so that ELTO’s adjudication services are reasonable and accessible.

Please make sure to review and update any of your own publications or documents that may reference OMB appeal fees.

ELTO is committed to providing services in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), and can provide an accessible or alternate format of this letter upon request.

If you have any questions about this fee change please read the FAQs or contact us at (416) 212-6349 or toll free at 1-866-448-2248.

 

ELTO’s tribunal decisions are now published on Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)

ELTO’s tribunal decisions from ARB, CRB, ERT and OMB are now published on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. CanLII, a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, provides Canadian law for free on the Internet. CanLII now publishes ARB, ERT and OMB decisions and orders, and CRB reports from April 2015 onwards usually within two to 14 days of their issuance.