Ontario Takes Steps to Resolve Land Disputes Faster
Move will help increase housing supply in the province
TORONTO - The Ontario government is creating the new Ontario Land Tribunals to make it faster to resolve land use planning disputes and increase housing supply across the province. Leading the organization will be Marie Hubbard, associate chairperson of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and a former municipal councillor, regional councillor and mayor, as well as chair of planning for the Durham Region.
Ms. Hubbard was appointed Executive Chair of the new organization and will assume the position effective July 1, 2020.
"Our government is committed to creating a justice system for the 21st century, one that is more accessible, responsive and resilient," said Attorney General Doug Downey. "More efficient services at tribunals is a key element of our plan as they will drive innovation in the justice sector and move more services online. Ms. Hubbard's experience reducing the backlog at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will help ensure land disputes continue to be resolved quickly, and more housing is built across the province."
The Ontario Land Tribunals will bring together the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, Environmental Review Tribunal, Board of Negotiation, Conservation Review Board and Mining and Lands Tribunal. The new organization will help ensure Ontario's land tribunals have the dedicated support and resources to resolve disputes fairly and faster. Existing or new cases will not be delayed as a result of the change.
The Ontario Land Tribunals will focus on more efficient land and environmental disputes resolution to help increase the housing supply, which helps support More Homes, More Choice: Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan.
As the Attorney General works with partners to advance Ontario's outdated justice system, people and businesses in Ontario can expect further announcements supporting the efficient resolution of disputes at land tribunals.
- The Ontario Land Tribunals will build on changes that have helped to reduce delays when there is a dispute in the land use planning process. The backlog of Ontario Municipal Board legacy cases at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has been reduced from 1,200 cases in June 2019 to 736 cases as of May 25, 2020.
- In February 2020, Marie Hubbard was the successful candidate in the competition for Associate Chair, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.