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Doug Downey, Attorney General

Ontario dedicates additional $1.4 million in funding to Landlord and Tenant Board

Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 1:56 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario government is providing an extra $1.4 million to the Landlord and Tenant Board, so the board can “hire over 35 additional operational staff to enhance scheduling and client experience, issue decisions and orders faster and help tackle the high number of cases before the board.”

“We’re investing millions of dollars to increase the number of adjudicators and staff at the Landlord and Tenant Board, so the board can work to alleviate its case load, which was impacted by COVID-related delays,” said Attorney General Doug Downey in a statement.

“Residents and rental housing providers will get faster results, shorter wait times and a better overall experience when they need to engage the board,” he added.

Attorney General Doug Downey

Attorney General Doug Downey

According to a government release, the funds build on the “$4.5 million investment over three years announced earlier this year.”

In 2021, the release noted, the Ministry of the Attorney General announced a “new multi-year plan aimed at enhancing access to the justice system, which includes a $28.5-million investment in a new digital case-management and dispute resolution system for Ontario’s tribunals. The Landlord and Tenant Board became the first to use Tribunals Ontario’s new digital case management system, an end-to-end solution that includes online dispute resolution and features to help with mediation.”

Sean Weir, the executive chair of Tribunals Ontario, said “this timely investment is a tangible expression of the government’s support of the Landlord and Tenant Board and Tribunals Ontario.”

“These additional resources will provide welcome assistance in addressing the backlog of cases and challenges that resulted from COVID-related delays,” he added in a statement.

Tony Irwin, president and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario, said the federation recognizes the “important role the Landlord and Tenant Board plays in resolving housing related disputes.”

“These important investments will help ensure that both residents and rental housing providers receive timely decisions and support the accessibility of quality rental housing in Ontario,” he added.

According to the release, the Landlord and Tenant Board had “87 full time and part time adjudicators,” this year, which is “the highest number of adjudicators ever.”

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