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Practice Direction on Electronic Filing by Licensed Representatives

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the HRTO) has developed the following approach to electronic filing by licensed representatives. The procedure outlined below provides general information only. It is not a rule within the meaning of the HRTO’s Rules of Procedure. The HRTO may vary its approach to electronic filing by licensed representatives where appropriate.

Applications (Form 1) and Responses (Form 2) must be signed by the applicant or respondent except where they are filed electronically, by e-mail or as a Smart Form, by the licensed representative (lawyer or licensed paralegal) of the applicant or respondent.
By filing, the licensed representative undertakes he/she is authorised to represent the client, that their client has reviewed the entire document and the client has confirmed the following declaration contained in the respective forms:
  • To the best of my knowledge, the information in my (application or response) is complete and accurate.
  • I understand that information about my (application or response) can become public at a hearing, in a written decision, or in other ways determined by HRTO policies.
  • I understand that the HRTO must provide a copy of my (application or response) to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on request.
  • I understand that the HRTO may be required to release information requested under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Please contact the HRTO's Registrar if you require further information.


October 2008, last amended March 2010