Landlord & Tenant Board
Landlords and tenants have extensive rights under the Residential Tenancies Act. Where these rights are not protected under a lease agreement, landlords and tenants can still be protected under the act. Both landlords and tenants must maintain minimum requirements including maintaining the property to a liveable standard, paying rent, and ensuring that the dwelling is livable.
Human Rights Tribunal
The Human Rights Tribunal hears matters where a person feels they have experienced discrimination or harassment as defined in the Human Rights Code. The Tribunal offers parties to settle the matter through mediation or through a formal hearing processing where parties can present evidence, call witnesses, and make submissions in support of their claim.
Social Benefits Tribunal
Individuals applying for or currently receiving social assistance through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) may be refused assistance or may have their benefits changed. The Social Benefits Tribunal hears appeals where the applicant may disagree with the decision of OW or ODSP. Appellants are provided an opportunity to explain to the Tribunal why the decision of OW or ODSP is wrong through a hearing or in some cases simply by making an appeal to the Tribunal.
Administrative Tribunals & Boards
Depending on the subject matter of a claim or action, the case may be heard at specialized Administrative Board or Tribunal. There are over 200 specialized Administrative Boards and Tribunals in Ontario to address a variety of issues. Where your matter will be heard will depend on the type of matter, the governing law, and the jurisdiction of the Board or Tribunal. Each Board and Tribunal has its own rules, procedures, and forms that must be properly observed to have your matter heard.