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Advertised Position Details

Posting Date: 09/14/2016
Closing Date:
Agency Title: Ontario Review Board
Position Title:
Psychiatrist Member - Part-time
File Number:

The Ontario Review Board is an independent adjudicative tribunal created by the Criminal Code of Canada that determines levels of risk and makes decisions and dispositions for persons found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder, or unfit to stand trial, in accordance with Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code.

The board is committed to carrying out its mandate to adjudicate hearings under Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code in an independent, transparent and accountable manner, consistent with its statutory mandate.

The board offers its members an important and challenging opportunity to serve the public in the field of forensic mental health. The Ontario Review Board conducts hearings in respect of persons who have been found by Ontario courts to be either Unfit to Stand Trial or Not Criminally Responsible (NCR) due to a mental disorder. In accordance with its mandate pursuant to Part XX.1 of the Criminal Code, the board is charged with guaranteeing the liberty of those vulnerable individuals subject to its jurisdiction, and at the same time safeguarding the safety of the public. The board typically sits in panels of five, consisting of two legal members (one of whom conducts the hearing as Alternate Chair, as designated by the Chair), two psychiatrists (or a psychologist and a psychiatrist) and a public member.  This configuration may change at the direction of the Chair. The board retains jurisdiction over unfit persons until they can be returned to court and found fit, and over NCR persons until they are granted an Absolute Discharge.

Psychiatrist members typically carry out their duties as one of a five member panel. They supply psychiatric and clinical expertise to the board. Some knowledge of Ontario’s legal system and the Criminal Code is an asset.

The board holds hearings at designated psychiatric hospitals and in courthouses throughout Ontario. The ability and willingness to travel is therefore essential.


Psychiatrist members must be members in good standing of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and maintain their specialty designation in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Good oral and written communication skills and an ability to work in an electronic environment are a requirement.

Good oral and written communication skills in French are an asset.

Psychiatrists play a unique role in assisting review board panels by providing clinical information and insights they possess through training and experience.

They should have a solid foundation in, and good understanding of, the disorders and conditions often implicated in the mentally disordered accused who become subject to the board’s jurisdiction. Clinicians should also be prepared to enhance their knowledge base about clinical and risk-related issues through inquiry and self-directed learning.

An ability to work cooperatively with other members and board staff is also essential.

As a quasi-judicial decision-maker adjudicating upon matters of individual liberty and public safety, all members must have the ability to conduct themselves professionally, and with a high standard of integrity and ethical behaviour.

Members of the public who represent the linguistic, cultural and geographic diversity of Ontario including representatives from the Francophone and Aboriginal (Indigenous Peoples) communities, are encouraged to apply for this vacancy.

Appointment is by Order-in-Council for a two-year term, subject to renewal for a maximum of ten years.
Time Commitment:
Part-time, to be scheduled as necessary.
Psychiatrist members are eligible to receive $664 per day, and reimbursement for eligible expenses.
More Information:
To learn more about the Ontario Review Board please go to
Ethics Statement:

Government appointees reflect the diversity of the people of Ontario and deliver services and decisions in a non-partisan, professional, ethical and competent manner with a commitment to the principles and values of public service.

If appointed you will be subject to the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 and Conflict of Interest Rules. Information is available on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner's website: You may also be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or may be established which are applicable to agencies, board or commissions.

Ontario Human Rights Code:
The Ontario Review Board is an equal opportunity organization. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

To apply online please visit the Public Appointments Secretariat website at Please note that you must use the online Public Appointments Secretariat application form available on the Public Appointments Secretariat website to apply. A downloadable application form is also available. Resumes, cover letters or any other additional documents will not be accepted. For more information, please visit our how to apply webpage.

All applications must quote the file number PAS-16111 and be received by the closing date.  If not applying online, applications must be signed and received by fax, mail or hand delivery no later than October 05, 2016 and addressed to:

Public Appointments Secretariat
Room 2440, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W4
Tel:  416-327-2640
Fax: 416-327-2633
Toll Free: 1-855-825-3422

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