Environmental Review Tribunal

Office Snapshot

  • Location: Toronto
  • Lawyers: 1
  • Articling Students: 1
  • Summer Law Students: 0
  • Types of Law: Administrative, Environmental, Planning/Development Control

Who we are

The Environmental Review Tribunal functions as a quasi-judicial body, subject to the rules of natural justice and the requirements of the Statutory Powers Procedure Act.

The Tribunal's primary role is adjudicating applications and appeals under twelve environmental and development control statutes.

The Tribunal hears applications and appeals under the Clean Water Act, 2006, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, the Ontario Water Resources Act, the Pesticides Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, leave to appeal applications under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, and matters under the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001 and the Greenbelt Act, 2005.

The Environmental Review Tribunal also functions as the Office of Consolidated Hearings to hear applications made under the Consolidated Hearings Act and as the Niagara Escarpment Hearing Office to hear development permit appeals and Niagara Escarpment Plan amendment applications under the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act.

The Environmental Review Tribunal Legal Services Branch, consisting of one counsel and one articling student, provides legal services to the Tribunal. For administrative purposes, we report to the Director, Legal Services Branch, Landlord and Tenant Board.

What we do

Our main practice areas are environmental, development control/planning and administrative law, with issues arising in other practice areas such as aboriginal, constitutional, conflict of interest and privacy law. We assist Tribunal Members by providing legal advice, written opinions and updates on relevant legislation and, along with the Chair, review all Tribunal Decisions and Orders. Tribunal Counsel is a member of the Tribunal’s senior management team and provides advice to the Chair and the Tribunal Secretary on policy and governance issues.

What students do

The Environmental Review Tribunal articling student will be given an exciting opportunity to gain experience in the following:

  • Legal research/statutory interpretation
  • Research for the Tribunal Counsel, Chair, and the Tribunal members
  • Drafting legal memos for review
  • Attending and observing pre-hearing conferences and hearings
  • Writing letters as directed
  • Reviewing current and pending legislation
  • Assisting with the editing of Tribunal documents and publications
  • Contributing to the writing of the administrative templates
  • Summarizing decisions
  • Observing and learning alternative dispute resolution methods
  • Environmental, development control and administrative law.

Why choose us

The articling student is given the unique opportunity to learn about administrative law in the environmental and development control/planning areas from the perspective of the decision-maker.

This articling placement offers a friendly working environment and an opportunity to engage in challenging work. I have had the unique opportunity of learning to analyze legal issues from the decision-maker’s perspective. The skills and knowledge acquired here are transferable to just about any area of law.

– Former Articling Student

Contact us

Gaye McCurdy
Tribunal Secretary

Christina Sokulsky
Senior Counsel