- Member (Full-Time)
- Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (Ontario Land Tribunals)
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The Environment and Land Division (the Division) is one of three divisions of the Tribunals Ontario adjudicative tribunal cluster. The Division has a mandate to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes related to land use planning, environmental and heritage protection, property assessment, land valuation and other matters. To learn more about the Division, please visit: http://elto.gov.on.ca/.
Tribunals Ontario is seeking full-time Members for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). LPAT hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters. These include matters such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, land compensation, development charges, municipal finance, aggregate resources and other issues assigned by numerous Ontario statutes.
As a full-time Member, the successful applicant will be accountable to the Executive Chair and work under the general direction and mentorship of the Associate Chair, or delegate. 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.
The successful applicant will work within a challenging, fast-paced and demanding environment that requires confidence, critical thinking and strong interpersonal and communications skills. Among the skills the successful applicant 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 applicant will also work within a collegial environment that is committed to the core values of accessibility, fairness, transparency, timeliness, integrity, professionalism and independence.
Successful applicants 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 appointments 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; and
- Aptitude for applying alternative adjudicative practices and procedures that may be set out in the tribunal’s rules.
Additional qualifications required under the Member position description include:
- 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;
- Professional awareness; and
- Conflict management.
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation;
- Ability to listen actively and communicate clearly and effectively with Tribunal users, including those who are not professional representatives or who rarely participate in LPAT 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;
- Commitment to respect diversity, to maintain fair and transparent processes and to provide access to justice; and
- Professional accreditation in a relevant field such as land use planning or law is preferred.
Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset.
A full description of the qualifications and responsibilities of this position are set out in the Member position description found on the Environment and Land Division website.
We thank all interested applicants, but only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.
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The annual remuneration is $110,482 plus benefits comparable to the benefit entitlements of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) executives in the Senior Management Group of the OPS. Appointees shall be reimbursed for reasonable work-related expenses while engaged in the business of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in accordance with the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive and any other Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet directives.