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Ontario Parole Board

The Ontario Parole Board as part of the Canadian criminal justice system has legislated authority to grant supervised conditional release to adult offenders sentenced to Ontario provincial correctional institutions. The Board, which has representatives from the community, welcomes input from all sources, including victims of crime, in making independent, fair and objective decisions. It pursues its primary goal of protecting the public by releasing only those offenders considered to be a manageable risk.

Victim Support Line

For Information to Victims and Support Call 1-888-579-2888
or (416) 314-2447 (Toronto Area)
Information on Victims and the Ontario Parole Board

Creation of the Third Tribunal Cluster

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO)

The clustering of adjudicative tribunals contributes to the government’s broader goal of building a more effective and accessible justice system for all Ontarians. Two tribunal clusters have been created in the past few years-the Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) and the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO).

A third cluster has been created, effective April 1, 2013 – the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLASTO).

SLASTO consists of the following five adjudicative tribunals:

• Animal Care Review Board,

• Fire Safety Commission,

• Licence Appeal Tribunal,

• Ontario Civilian Police Commission, and

• Ontario Parole Board

The Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 allows the government to designate two or more adjudicative tribunals as a cluster if the matters that the tribunals deal with are such that they can operate more effectively and efficiently as part of a cluster than alone. As with the first two clusters, SLASTO will be part of the Ministry of the Attorney General. An Executive Chair has been named on an interim basis to lead the formation of the cluster (Gary Yee, Chair of the Licence Appeal Tribunal), and a recruitment process will begin shortly for this Order-in-Council position.

The main purpose of clustering is to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of services. The clustered tribunals’ operations and dispute resolution will benefit from the coordination and sharing of resources, expertise, best practices and administrative and professional support. The tribunals will maintain their separate legislated mandates and enhance their adjudicative independence. On the frontline operations, it will be business as usual while we work through the transition.

We will need the support and participation of each tribunal’s members, staff and stakeholders in planning and implementing this cluster. We look forward to the opportunities and benefits that this change can bring to services provided by each tribunal, and more broadly, to building as more integrated administrative justice community in Ontario.

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