This web site is your gateway to the HRTO application process. On these pages you will find How To File An Application or a Response using the online SmartForms. The SmartForms are easy to use. They assist in ensuring completed forms are filed with the HRTO which increase our processing efficiencies. You will also have access to our Rules of Procedure, Practice Directions, Policies, User Guides, Forms, Legislation and more. All the information you need to complete and submit an application or response is available here. We’ve done our best to make the site user-friendly and accessible. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please use our site search tool or contact us.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance has asked the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for information as the Alliance prepares its submission to the Independent Review of the Human Rights Code being conducted by Andrew Pinto. So that all individuals and organizations may have access to this information, the HRTO has posted its responses below.
In December 2009, the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act 2009, received Royal Assent. The Act allows government to cluster tribunals and agencies with common stakeholders and related issues in order to improve public services. The regulation for the social justice tribunals cluster was passed on January 25, 2011.
The HRTO sometimes has dates available for mediation due to late rescheduling requests, adjournments or settlements. You can ask for an early mediation date if all parties have agreed to mediation and you are able to agree on dates within four weeks of your request.
Please make your request for an early mediation date by sending an email to the Registrar, copied to all other parties, and using the following format for the subject line:
The HRTO has updated its approach to scheduling and rescheduling mediations and hearings based on experience. The changes clarify what parties must do if they are unable to attend a mediation or hearing on the date(s) scheduled and want to reschedule. Parties are strongly encouraged to agree on alternative dates, but if that is not possible, the HRTO will set the new date(s) based on the information provided.