The Government of Ontario’s Emergency Order (O. Reg 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods set out in legislation and regulation. This suspension of time periods applies to all Planning Act procedural timelines, including complete application and decision timelines. This includes Committee of Adjustment timelines to appeal a decision. In addition, all procedural periods under the Heritage Act and the City of Toronto Act will be suspended. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.
This order also impacts the operations and current proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB). The LPAT has issued directions regarding current appeal proceedings before the LPAT which can be viewed at https://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/lpat/about-lpat/. The TLAB issued a similar direction. It has suspended all hearing events and will not schedule any new ones until May 29, 2020. TLAB public offices are closed at 40 Orchard View Blvd. All hearings are postponed and a notice of the new hearing date will be provided by the tribunal at a future date. Both the LPAT and the TLAB have indicated that they will be monitoring the situation and will reconsider their directions if circumstance warrant.
The situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented and is evolving every day. The City of Toronto will continue to follow directions from provincial and federal authorities and health agencies. For a list of City facilities and services, including City Planning services, affected by Toronto’s State of Emergency due to COVID-19 please visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/.