About the MLT


April 3, 2020

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

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 MLT

The Mining and Lands Tribunal (MLT) is an independent adjudicative tribunal responsible for hearing and deciding matters under legislation administered by the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). These matters can include the resolution of mining and lands disputes and appeals of decisions made by conservation authorities, which involve property owners who want to develop lands in floodplains and wetlands.

History of MLT

The MLT was previously known as the Office of the Mining and Lands Commissioner, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). On April 3, 2018, it was renamed the MLT, and joined Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) as its sixth tribunal.

With origins dating back to 1906, the purpose of establishing a Mining Commissioner was to resolve disputes under provincial mining legislation. In carrying out its functions under the Mining Act, the Mining and Lands Commissioner had exclusive jurisdiction over any matter arising under the Mining Act,and proceedings involving private civil and property rights, relating to or arising out of matters governed by the Mining Act.

Over time, additional powers and duties were assigned to the Commissioner, who became the Mining and Lands Commissioner, to make decisions on matters under a number of other statutes, including the Conservation Authorities Act, the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act, the Aggregate Resources Act, the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act, and the Assessment Act.

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