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Message From the Associate Chair (Acting)

On behalf of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO), I am pleased to welcome you to our website.

On January 25th, 2011, the HRTO became part of the newly designated social justice tribunals cluster. This second cluster brings together the HRTO and six other important adjudicative tribunals –the Landlord and Tenant Board, Social Benefits Tribunal, Child and Family Services Review Board, Custody Review Board, Special Education (English) Tribunal and Special Education (French) Tribunal. The mandate of these tribunals is to provide all Ontarians with timely access to specialized, expert and effective dispute resolution in a wide range of matters that profoundly affect their everyday lives.

The cluster is led by Executive Chair Michael Gottheil. The former Chairs of the seven adjudicative tribunals were re-designated as Associate Chairs. You may find more information about the Executive Chair, the social justice tribunals cluster, its structure and access to the seven tribunals’ websites at www.sjto.gov.on.ca.

The HRTO plays an important role in ensuring that the rights under the Human Rights Code have real meaning. We have developed processes designed to be balanced, accessible and understandable. Applicants, respondents and intervenors have the opportunity to be heard through a dispute resolution process that is neutral, fair, and based on the facts and the law.

Since 2008, the HRTO has had the role of receiving and processing Applications filed directly with it under the Code. With the experience we have gained since then, the HRTO continues to adapt our processes and rules to improve their effectiveness in resolving human rights disputes. Those processes ensure that each party is treated with respect, and that applications are addressed in a neutral and timely manner, with a procedure appropriate to the issues raised in the case.

I am proud to be part of an organization made up of committed staff and adjudicators dedicated to high standards of public service. We will continue to work hard to meet the community’s expectations in accordance with our core values and mission statement.

Naomi Overend,
Associate Chair (A)