The Ontario government passed the Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021, with a proclamation date of June 1, 2021.
Through this Act, as of June 1, 2021, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Environmental Review Tribunal, Board of Negotiation, Conservation Review Board and the Mining and Lands Tribunal were merged into a new single tribunal called the Ontario Land Tribunal.
The new Ontario Land Tribunal will help reduce delays and make the land dispute resolution process more efficient by creating a single forum to resolve disputes faster by eliminating unnecessary overlap between cases.
For more information on these changes, including impacts to current and future cases before the Tribunal, view Frequently Asked Questions
Message from the Chair
Through our adjudication of land use planning and related matters, the Ontario Land Tribunal will continue to be an economic engine, driving growth and prosperity in Ontario. The passing of this legislation places our modernization efforts front and centre enabling our organization to work collaboratively across our areas of jurisdiction in harmony and unity.
As one integrated Tribunal, the organization is taking important steps to eliminate the unnecessary overlap between cases, streamlining our processes and finding efficiencies in our specialized adjudication and mediation expertise.
In line with the government’s commitment to creating a more accessible, responsive and resilient justice system, I am honoured to lead an organization that will improve the experience Ontarians deserve when resolving land planning disputes and related matters in the tribunal system.
Link to a bulletin put out by Osler (Law firm) regarding the OLT.