|Ministry: COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL
Agency: SOCIAL BENEFITS TRIBUNAL
Agency URL: http://www.sbt.gov.on.ca/
Address: 7th Floor 1075 Bay Street Toronto M5S 2B1 ONT
Tel.: (416) 326-0978; 1-800-753-3895
Fax: (416) 326-5135
Background: ONTARIO WORKS ACT, S.O. 1997, C. 25, SCHED. A., PART IV, S. 60
Period: 01-JUN-1998 - N/A
Prerogative: ML LG MINISTER
Function: The tribunal has jurisdication to hear appeals regarding the refusal to grant a benefit, the suspension or cancellation of a benefit, the reduction of a benefit or the amount of a benefit as set out in the Ontario Works Act, 1997 and the Ontario Disability Support Plan Act, 1997.
Membership: The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints the members of the tribunal. The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint one member of the Tribunal as Chair and one or more other members as vice-chair. If the chair is absent or unable to act or the office of the chair is vacant, a person designated by the Minister has and shall exercise the power of the chair including the power to complete any unfinished matter.
Term: There is no limitation in legislation.
Meetings: Hearings are held throughout the province and are usually conducted by single member panels.
Requirements: The member will be responsible for the adjudication of disputes between parties appearing before the Tribunal pursuant to the governing Act. In carrying out this responsibility, the member will prepare for hearings, conduct hearings and make rulings and/or write decisions. The member will conduct hearings as assigned by the Chair, in accordance with the Act and other applicable laws and with the policies, procedures and rules of the Tribunal. The member will make rulings and decisions on the basis of evidence and submissions and issue decisions in a timely manner. In preparing for the hearing, the member will review materials submitted by parties, conduct necessary research, identify opportunities for alternative ways of resolving the dispute and bring this to the attention of the Chair or the Chair's designate and make such preliminary rulings as may be necessary. The member will also participate in Tribunal member meetings, and when requested to do so by the Chair or the Chair's designate, in training and mentoring sessions and in committees established for the administration of the Tribunal's adjudicative role. Appointees are required to have the following abilities, skills and knowledge in order to carry out their responsibilities effectively: Demonstrated analytical, conceptual, problem-solving and writing skills; ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively; computer literacy; good organization skills; well-developed dispute resolution skills; ability to objectively and fairly assess cases involving difficult issues regarding conflicting verbal/written evidence and the assessment of credibility; willingness to travel throughout the province for the purpose of conducting hearings; self-confidence; understanding of the justice system and the role of administrative tribunals in that system; expert knowledge of the Tribunal's governing Act and related law or the ability to acquire such expert knowledge; understanding of the professional, institutional and community context within which the Tribunal operates.