Frequently Asked Questions
This page is intended to provide general information and is specific to the time when it is first issued. Please keep in mind that the LAT's staff cannot provide you with legal advice.
If you wish to obtain legal advice, you should consult a person licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.
Submitting an Appeal or Application
Who can file an appeal or application?
You can appeal or apply to LAT if you receive and disagree with a decision, proposal, or order from the Registrar or Regulator under relevant provisions of LAT’s statutes. Once a person files an appeal or application with the LAT, they are referred to as either an Appellant or Applicant. If the appellant or applicant is a company, the person filing an appeal or application on behalf of that company must have the company’s authority to do so.
How do I know if I have the right to appeal a Decision/Proposal/Order to LAT?
Your right to appeal to LAT will be clearly indicated in the Decision/Proposal/Order that you will receive from the Registrar or Regulator. Your right to appeal can also be found in the relevant statutes which come under LAT’s jurisdiction. For more information on the relevant statutes, please see e-laws.
Can I email my credit card number with my Notice of Appeal or Application?
Due to Payment Card Industry security compliance requirements, the Licence Appeal Tribunal cannot accept credit card information by email. If you submit credit card information via email, this information will be destroyed and the tribunal will contact you on how to pay by credit card. If you want to use a credit card to pay, you will have to pay online and email your receipt and your appeal or application form to LATRegistrar@ontario.ca.
What online payment methods are accepted?
Appellants and Applicants using online payment can use a credit card.
I don’t have access to the Internet. How do I pay?
While Tribunals Ontario is taking a digital first approach to service, access to justice continues to be paramount. Appellants and Applicants can still choose to pay their filing fee by certified cheque or money order.
I don’t have the money to pay the filing fee. Does that mean I can’t apply?
People who can’t afford the filing fee can email LATRegistrar@ontario.ca or call 416-326-1356 or 1-888-444-0240 to speak to a representative.
Case Conferences and Hearings
Will case conferences and/or hearings use caucusing?
No. LAT does not utilize a caucusing model (speaking to parties separately). All parties must be present during any conversation to ensure transparency.
Who will hear my appeal/application?
Hearings are conducted by at least one member of the LAT (and may be heard by up to three members). LAT members are appointed by Order-in-Council. Information about the appointment process and the LAT’s membership can be found on the Public Appointments Secretariat’s website.
What happens if I do not appear on the date set for the hearing and I do not notify the LAT?
It is important that you attend any proceedings on the date scheduled. If you do not appear for your hearing, LAT would take steps to contact you. If we are unable to reach you, the hearing might proceed in your absence and you would not be entitled to any further notice in the proceeding. The LAT may also dismiss an appeal.
Are hearings open to the public?
Yes. Hearings are open to the public unless ordered otherwise by LAT. You can contact LAT for a schedule of proceedings.
Are decisions publicly available?
Yes. Decisions from [date] onwards are publicly available on the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. CanLII is an online platform that offers free public access to tribunal and court decisions.
When does a LAT decision take effect?
The decision takes effect on the date it is released to the parties unless otherwise set out in the decision.
What if I disagree with a decision?
A party can ask the Executive Chair of SLASTO to reconsider a decision. You can learn about the process and criteria for making a request for reconsideration here. To find out whether there is a right to appeal LAT’s decisions, as well as relevant details about the appeal process, please see the Information Sheet entitled, ‘Statutory Appeals from Decisions of the Licence Appeal Tribunal’. All statutes are also available on e-laws.
What if a decision is not clear or has an error?
LAT may review and correct typographical, calculation and other minor errors to clarify an order or decision.