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Vice-Chair (Part-Time)
Agriculture, Food And Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal
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The Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal is an adjudicative agency of the Ontario government established under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act. Its purpose is to hear appeals and other matters under 17 statutes related to agriculture in Ontario. Most appeals or applications arise from grievances under the Drainage Act, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act (arising from appeals of decisions made under the Farm Products Marketing Act or the Milk Act), the Assessment Act (related to properties in the farm land class), Agricultural Products Insurance Act, the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, and the Farm Implements Act.

To act as a substitute Chair of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal, either in the Chair's absence or as requested by the Chair, and to chair hearing panels. The Vice- Chair carries out additional leadership duties relating to the functioning, responsibilities and governance of the agency and its appointees. Leads initiatives or takes on cases that may be high profile and complex.

To learn more about the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal, please go to the Tribunal’s website at:

Recent decisions written by Tribunal panels are posted on the CanLii website at




Applicants for this position should be a retired professional Engineer with considerable expertise in municipal agricultural drainage projects, and the Drainage Act

A Vice-Chair of the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal will have all the qualifications of a Member plus the following:

  • Leadership ability to oversee the implementation of a strategic vision by ensuring appropriate plans are put into operation to deliver efficient, effective and high-quality services.
  • In-depth understanding of the context in which the agency operates, or the ability to acquire such understanding.
  • Understanding of the agency's rules of practice and supporting procedures.
  • Advanced analytical skills to resolve complex matters involving multiple interests, under public scrutiny.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills to positively influence and communicate with staff and stakeholders.
  • Commitment to respect diversity and to maintain fair, transparent processes that meet high professional standards and the agency's Code of Conduct.
  • Understanding of government values and a commitment to working within government's agency accountability structure.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to governance practices.
  • Understanding of financial and operational business processes and practices.
  • Commitment to the protection of the public interest within the mandate of the agency.
2 years
The initial appointment term is two years, with eligibility for a reappointment of three years, and a further reappointment for a term of five years, upon the recommendation of the Chair.
Time Commitment
Meet as required
Vice-Chairs appointed for these particular vacancies will be expected to hear approximately eight to twelve drainage related matters a year, with additional time required to prepare for the hearing and draft decisions.
The Vice-Chair receives a per diem rate of $583 and is reimbursed for eligible expenses consistent with government directives and policies.