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Social Justice Tribunal Clustering

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 clustering initiative promotes the best use of resources through cross-agency cooperation and coordination of operations and administration. It will also enhance consistency in tribunal practices, procedures and decision making.

The Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario brought together the Assessment Review Board, Board of Negotiation, Conservation Review Board, Environmental Review Tribunal, and the Ontario Municipal Board in the province’s first cluster.

The Social Justice Tribunals cluster brings together the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Custody Review Board, the Social Benefits Tribunal/Social Assistance Review Board, Special Education Tribunals (English and French) and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Michael Gottheil has been nominated as Executive Chair for the Social Justice Tribunals cluster.

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to provide comments and suggestions about the implementation of this cluster. The timing and type of consultations with the public will be determined by the Executive Chair.

The Social Justice Tribunals cluster website is now available at http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca.