COVID-19 Updates on Tribunals Ontario Operations

Last updated: May 14, 2020

Tribunals Ontario continues to provide services to the public while keeping Ontarians safe. To comply with physical-distancing direction from public health authorities, most staff and adjudicators are working remotely.

Tribunals Ontario is postponing and rescheduling all in-person hearings, and where possible, is moving forward with alternative options such as written and telephone hearings.

In response to COVID-19, all in-person service counters are closed until further notice. Where possible, please use email to contact Tribunals Ontario’s boards and tribunals.

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  1. Suspending Limitation Periods
  2. Service Changes for Tribunals and Boards
  3. Tribunals Ontario News About COVID-19
  4. Additional Resources on COVID-19

Suspending Limitation Periods

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario made an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, that suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.

If current and / or new parties are not able to meet a timeline, Tribunals Ontario will allow them to do so at a later date. For example, if parties are not able to meet the timeline for submitting an application to a tribunal, they will be able to submit it at a later date.

Tribunals Ontario is continuing to deliver service across the province. Most tribunals are continuing to have hearings, mediations, and case conferences by teleconference or in writing, while some tribunals are rescheduling matters to later dates.

If you are not able to proceed with a matter, please contact the tribunal to reschedule. If you are not able to attend a proceeding by teleconference or in writing, the tribunal will be able to reschedule the matter to another date.

Learn more below on how the Emergency Order impacts your board or tribunal.

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Service Changes for Tribunals and Boards


Assessment Review Board

The Assessment Review Board (ARB) continues to hold hearing events scheduled by teleconference or by written format.

If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, please continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.

The deadline to file assessment appeals was March 31, 2020. If you were unable to meet the March 31 deadline, you are permitted to file your appeal by May 29, 2020.

Please see the memo for further information regarding timelines and processes.

How to Submit Appeals

Appeals may be filed using e-file, any documents and correspondence must be submitted electronically to ARB.Registrar@ontario.ca.

Contact ARB

Contact the office by phone or email only.

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1-866-448-2248
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: ARB.Registrar@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Assessment Review Board
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Assessment Review Board
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Board of Negotiation

The Board of Negotiation (BON) continues to hold mediations by teleconference. We will contact parties for further information about upcoming mediations.

If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.

How to Submit a Request for Mediation

To submit new request for a mediation and documents, email BON.Registrar@ontario.ca. We will contact parties for further information about upcoming mediations.

Contact BON

Please contact the office by phone or email only.

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1-866-448-2248
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: BON.Registrar@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Board of Negotiation
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Board of Negotiation
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Conservation Review Board

The Conservation Review Board (CRB) continues to receive and process new objections.

Hearings and pre-hearing settlement conference events are being held by teleconference.

If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, please continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.

How to Submit Objections

Email new objections and documents to conservation.review.board@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.

If you submit by mail or fax, you will experience processing delays.

Contact CRB

Please contact the office by phone or email only.

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1-866-448-2248
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: conservation.review.board@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Conservation Review Board
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Conservation Review Board
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Environmental Review Tribunal

The Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) continues to receive and process new appeals and applications.

The ERT will hold all hearings and mediations via teleconference.

Effective April 9, 2020, the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Emergency Order no longer applies to matters heard by the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. The timeline to appeal a Niagara Escarpment Commission decision on a develop permit application is 14 days.

How to Submit Applications

Email new appeals and applications to ERTTribunalsecretary@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.

Contact ERT

Contact the office by phone or email only.

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1-866-448-2248
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: ERTTribunalsecretary@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Environmental Review Tribunal
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Environmental Review Tribunal
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) is continuing to receive and process new appeals and applications.

Settlement Hearings

LPAT will schedule settlement hearings through teleconference or written submissions, on a case-by-case basis.

Parties interested in settlement hearings must submit a Settlement Request Form (PDF) demonstrating that there would be no prejudice to any other party if LPAT were to proceed by teleconference or written submissions.

LPAT will respond to requests for a settlement hearing and issue any directions including, if necessary, directions for email notice.

LPAT will schedule teleconferences on a case by case basis with the parties to receive updates on their efforts to resolve their dispute and may issue procedural directions.

LPAT is reviewing the appeals that have been adjourned to consider whether, in certain cases, an alternative to an in-person hearing can be considered and scheduled.

LPAT is prepared to consider whether a mediation can be scheduled by video and/or teleconference on a case by case basis.

Emergency Order

LPAT is suspending all timelines for its proceedings until the Emergency Order is lifted.

LPAT is adjourning all in-person hearings scheduled between March 16 and June 30, 2020 to a future date or is converting them into teleconferences.

LPAT will not schedule hearings other than settlement hearings until the Emergency Order is lifted.

How to Submit Documents

All documents, other than appeal records may be filed electronically with the assigned case coordinator or to LPATregistrar@ontario.ca. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Contact LPAT

Contact the office by phone or email only.

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1- 866-448-2248
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: LPATregistrar@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Mining and Lands Tribunal

The Mining and Lands Tribunal (MLT) is continuing to deliver services.

Hearings and mediations are being held by teleconference. If you experience technical difficulties with the teleconference lines, continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.

How to Submit Applications

To submit new appeals, applications and documents, email MLT.Registrar@ontario.ca. If the electronic materials exceed 35MB, please separate the documents and send them in multiple emails.

Contact MLT.Registrar@ontario.ca if you have any questions.

If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Contact MLT

Contact Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 416-212-6349
Toll free: 1-866-448-2248
Fax: 416-326-5370
TTY: 1-800-855-1155

Email: MLT.Registrar@ontario.ca

Until further notice, the following changes are in place for submitting documents through mail. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays.

Courier mail should be addressed to:

Mining and Lands Tribunal
25 Grosvenor Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1R1

Mail sent through Canada Post should be addressed to:

Mining and Lands Tribunal
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5G 1E5

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Tribunals Ontario News About COVID-19

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Additional Resources on COVID-19

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