April 3, 2020
The Board of Negotiation 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, please continue to try as the system may be temporarily busy.
Please email BON.Registrar@ontario.ca if you have any questions.
March 26, 2020
On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
The order 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.
COVID-19 Policy – Postponing Hearings
March 13, 2020
Effective March 13, 2020, 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 March 16 until further notice.
For more information, please see the news release.
About the BON
The Board of Negotiation (BON) deals with compensation for land expropriations. When an authority expropriates land, the property owner may disagree with the amount of money the authority offers. If that happens, the property owner or the authority can ask the BON to help negotiate a settlement. If no settlement is reached, the matter may be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and/or through civil proceedings.
Coming to the BON is an informal process and provides a fair and accessible forum to negotiate compensation claims. BON mediations are private and only include the parties involved.
History and Jurisdiction
The BON was created under the 1964 Expropriations Procedures Act. The current law for expropriations, the Expropriations Act, came into effect on January 1, 1970. Under this act, the role of the BON continues as a forum to negotiate fair compensation for expropriated land.