LPAT Update: April 2018

Bill 139 - “Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017” - is now in effect. As of April 3, 2018, the Ontario Municipal Board transitioned into the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.


A webinar on the changes was conducted on March 2. A copy of the materials from the webinar can be found here: http://elto.gov.on.ca/local-planning-appeal-tribunal-lpat-webinar/


You can look up the rules and procedures of the new tribunal here: http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/legislation-and-rules/


The LPAT is developing guides on the LPAT process under the Aggregate Resources Act. When it becomes available, this page will be updated. For the moment, you can look up available guides here: http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/lpat-process/

Webinar to introduce changes to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

The OMB has distributed an invitation for a webinar primer on the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal which members may be interested in attending.  

The webinar is free but you must preregister. Note that it says that the new rules will come into effect on April 3rd. 

At the OSSGA Conference, a presentation was made which included speculation on what the implications of the new system could be, and timelines on transitioning to the new LPAT system.  It is available in the members area of the website.  We will continue to monitor and keep you posted on this issue.

The invitation:

As you may be aware, Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, makes a number of changes to the process of seeking and appealing land use planning approvals throughout Ontario. The Act received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017, and will come into effect on April 3, 2018.

As a result of Bill 139, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is preparing to become the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) upon proclamation.  We are working to develop new approaches to managing Planning Act appeals that are impacted by Bill 139, and are working to streamline case management and hearing room processes to align with the legislated timelines for hearing appeals.  

In preparation for this transition, we are preparing draft Rules of Practice and Procedure for LPAT, which will be posted on our website on March 2, 2018 for your comments and feedback.

We would also like to invite you to join us for our webinar on these changes: “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal:  A Primer”.

There will be three sessions (please note that the same presentations will be made during each session):

Webinar 1:

Webinar 2:

Webinar 3:


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Tuesday, March 27, 2018


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Our topics will include:

  • Key Elements of LPAT’s Function in the Ontario Planning Process
  • Rules Changes: LPAT and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act
  • Filing an LPAT appeal – what’s the same and what’s new

The presentations will be available for download on our website before the webinars take place. A video of the webinar will also be posted on our website at a later date for those unable to join the live-stream.

There is no fee for this webinar; however, you must sign up ahead of time to join in. To sign up for the webinar and for full details, please visit our Eventbrite page.

If you have any questions on the webinar, please feel free to contact our Citizen Liaison Office by email at ELTO.CLO@ontario.ca or by phone at 416-326-6792 / 1-866-448-2248.

Please share this invitation within your organization and with your broader network.

I thank you in advance for your continued support in this endeavour.


Bruce Krushelnicki

Executive Chair

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario

James McKenzie

Associate Chair, Ontario Municipal Board

Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario

OSSGA's submission regarding the changes to Bill 139 regarding replacing the OMB with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal