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Sep 24 2021


Licence Appeal Tribunal (Tribunals Ontario), Anywhere - Website
Posted by CERF Niagara

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

Tribunals Ontario is a group of 14 adjudicative tribunals that play an important role in the administration of justice in Ontario. Each year our tribunals receive and resolve nearly 100,000 cases – providing fair, accessible dispute resolution to thousands of Ontarians.

Tribunals Ontario is seeking full-time Vice Chairs for the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT). The LAT derives its legislative authority from the Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, 1999. The LAT adjudicates and resolves appeals concerning compensation claims and licensing decisions made by a variety of regulators under laws that protect consumers and the public and ensure the integrity of the regulated businesses and occupations. Common appeal types that come before the LAT involve liquor licenses, new home warranty claims, medical suspension of driver’s licences, impoundment of motor vehicles and licensing of various businesses and occupations. In addition, the Automobile Accident Benefits Service (AABS) division of the LAT accepts applications for automobile insurance dispute resolution.

As a full-time Vice Chair, the successful candidates will be accountable to the Executive Chair and work under the general direction and mentorship of the Associate Chair, or delegate. A Vice Chair has a member’s duties and responsibilities. Members are responsible for adjudicating and mediating disputes under applicable legislation, policies, and rules, using a variety of dispute resolution methods. Members may be assigned to carry out their adjudicative responsibilities alone or as part of a panel. Services are delivered across the province and are of a high quality resulting in a fair and accessible experience for parties and stakeholders. As such, members will be required to travel throughout the province.

In addition, Vice Chairs are responsible for a leadership role in support of the Executive Chair and Associate Chair and may be assigned, where applicable, a range of specialized and complex dispute resolution, decision-making and supervisory functions, and specific duties to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of the tribunal.

The successful candidates will work within a challenging, fast-paced, and demanding environment that requires confidence, critical thinking and superior interpersonal and communications skills. Among the skills the successful candidates will bring, they recognize and respect the diversity of the people of Ontario and the requirements of procedural fairness in hearings, where parties are frequently self-represented. The successful candidates will also work within a collegial environment that is committed to the core values of accessibility, fairness, transparency, timeliness, integrity, professionalism, and independence.

The successful candidates may be considered for cross-appointments to other constituent tribunals of the organization.


The Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 provides that all appointment shall be made through a competitive, merit-based process, with criteria for appointments that include:

  • Experience, knowledge or training in the subject matter and legal issues dealt with by the tribunal.
  • Aptitude for impartial adjudication.
  • Aptitude for applying alternative adjudicative practices and procedures that may be set out in the tribunal’s rules.

In addition, the successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Computer literacy; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel (with accommodation as required).

In addition, Members are required to possess the following core competencies:

  • Professional judgement;
  • Listening/understanding;
  • Decision-making;
  • Integrity/ethics/values;
  • Professional awareness; and
  • Conflict management.

A Vice Chair typically has all of the competencies of a Member plus three additional competencies:

  • Leadership;
  • Agency governance; and
  • Additional elements of professional awareness.

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership skills, tact and judgement to guide, mentor, assign, review, and support LAT Members;
  • Well-developed adjudication and mediation skills;
  • Mediation, analytical and decision-making skills to resolve complex matters involving multiple interest, under public scrutiny;
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation coupled with knowledge of the legislation and subject matter under the tribunal’s jurisdiction;
  • Ability to listen actively and communicate clearly and effectively with Tribunal users, including those who are not professional representatives or who rarely participate in LAT proceedings;
  • Ability to formulate reasoned decisions and to communicate them clearly in writing in a timely manner;
  • Good organizational skills to manage a heavy workload;
  • Good computer skills and an ability to work with paperless files;
  • Ability to work effectively in an inclusive, team environment; and
  • Commitment to respect diversity, to maintain fair and transparent processes and to provide access to justice; and
  • At least five years of adjudicative experience is also preferred.

As a result of COVID-19 and for the foreseeable future, Tribunals Ontario is not conducting in-person hearings and will continue to conduct hearings remotely via digital platforms such as Teams or Zoom or by telephone. In addition, the organization has implemented a digital-first approach and operates electronically. Constituent tribunals rely heavily on electronic case management systems, editing and managing documents electronically and keeping up-to-date outlook calendars. All adjudicative work is conducted electronically (including hearings) and adjudicators are expected to operate fully independently to manage their own hearings and administrative items such as writing, preparing, processing, formatting, and uploading their decisions. There is no administrative support to assist with these functions.

Those who have demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous individuals and communities are encouraged to apply.

Bilingual (French and English) candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to the French Language Services Act, the organization has a statutory obligation to ensure that French services are provided in a manner that is clearly visible, publicized, easily accessible and of equivalent quality to those offered in English. Every person that comes before any of the constituent tribunals of Tribunals Ontario has a right to communication in French with, and to receive available services in French. As such, successful bilingual candidates may undergo an assessment to determine language proficiency and ability to deliver French Language Services.

A full description of the qualifications and responsibilities of this position are set out in the Vice Chair position description found on the Tribunals Ontario website.

We thank all interested applicants, but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


2 years
Appointment is by Order in Council for an initial term of up to two years and is subject to renewal for a maximum of 10 years in a given position, upon the recommendation of the Executive Chair.

Time Commitment

Meet as required


The annual remuneration is $136,545, plus benefits comparable to the benefit entitlements of Ontario Public Service executives. Appointees shall be reimbursed for reasonable work-related expenses while engaged in the business of the Licence Appeal Tribunal in accordance with the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive and any other Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet directives.


File number PAS-210045




Job Categories: Membre. Job Types: Bilingual, Full Time, and Full-time. Salary: Salaires compétitifs and Salary. Job expires in Endless.

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