The CAT’s decisions are available without charge on the Canadian Legal Information Institute’s (CanLII) website, which you can access here. CanLII is a non-profit organization that provides free access to legal information online.
What does the CAT publish?
The CAT publishes:
- All consent orders issued in either Stage 2 – Mediation or Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision
- All decisions issued at the end of Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision
- All orders dismissing cases (e.g., for lack of jurisdiction)
The CAT does not publish:
- Any settlement agreements
- Procedural orders (e.g., orders closing a case as a result of a withdrawal by the applicant) *
Note: The CAT may decide to publish a procedural order if that order addresses substantial issues raised in the case, if it may be of value to other Users, or in the interests of openness or transparency.
What are Decisions and Consent Orders?
Decisions are legally enforceable orders issued by the CAT after conducting the online hearing and hearing the evidence and arguments of Users in Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision. Decisions may also be issued in other circumstances (e.g.. when ruling on requests made by Users).
Consent Orders are legally enforceable orders issued by the CAT that resolve the case based on the agreement of the Users. These orders are created in Stage 2 – Mediation or Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision, but only when the Users agree to settle the dispute in a way that the CAT can order.
The CAT's decisions and consent orders must be followed by both Users. If the Users do not follow them, the other User(s) can enforce the order through the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. For more information on enforcing orders, please visit our After Your Case webpage.
Generally speaking, the CAT does not anonymize the names of individuals who appear before it. In accordance with the open courts principle embedded in s. 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the CAT publishes the names of all individuals appearing as Users, representatives, or witnesses.
However, CAT Members may make orders restricting access to a decision or order to the public on request by a User, representative, or witness in accordance with Rule 16 of the CAT’s Rules of Practice.
Click here to access the CAT’s decisions on CanLII.