1. What are the new appeal fees and when do they take effect?
As of July 1, 2016, the OMB appeal fee is changing 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.
2. Are there any other fee changes?
Yes. The fee to Request for Review of an OMB decision has increased from $125 to $300. Fees will remain the same for administrative costs, such as photocopying documents at Public Inquiry. Please view the OMB Fee Chart for more details. There are no appeal fees for any of ELTO’s other constituent tribunals (CRB and ERT).
3. Why is the OMB changing its fees?
The OMB is committed to maintaining a fair, modern and efficient adjudicative tribunal system through improved technology and alternate service delivery methods. The updated appeal fees are a necessary requirement to fulfil this commitment and help offset the associated costs with providing these improvements. The fee changes are 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
4. Why are these changes happening now?
OMB appeal fees have not changed for 25 years, while operating and administrative costs have increased significantly
5. Can I expect an increased level of service?
The OMB deals with a heavy caseload and an increased number of complex cases every year. The OMB will continue to carry out the functions of processing appeals, scheduling hearings and issuing decisions in the most efficient way possible.
However, in line with the government’s strategy of reinvestment, the additional revenue would be dedicated to improving technology and alternate service delivery methods.
6. Does the OMB have authority to increase its fees?
OMB appeal fees, and any changes to fees, are set out in an Ontario regulation, subject to the approval of the Attorney General.
7. Where do the fees go?
The money that is collected from appeal fees is sent to the Ministry of Finance as part of the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The fee increase does not represent a full cost recovery for services. In fact, it is estimated that the OMB would only recover about eight per cent of its operating costs (up from three per cent before the increase).
8. What if I want to complain to someone about this fee increase?
You may write a letter to ELTO addressed to the Complaints Coordinator (PDF) outlining your concerns.