Information on CAT Decisions and Orders
The CAT publishes:
Decisions are legally enforceable orders issued by the CAT after conducting an online hearing in Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision. Decisions may also be issued in other circumstances (e.g., when ruling on a User’s request).
- Consent Orders
Consent orders are legally enforceable orders issued by the CAT after the Users agree to settle the dispute in a way that the CAT can order. Consent orders may be issued in either Stage 2 – Mediation or Stage 3 – Tribunal Decision.
- Other Orders
In addition to Decisions and Consent Orders, the CAT also publishes:
- All orders dismissing cases (e.g., for lack of jurisdiction).
- Motion and Procedural orders which the CAT finds to have addressed substantial issues, or if publication of the order is in the public interest.
Please note that the CAT does not publish settlement agreements or most types of procedural orders (e.g., orders to close a case after the Applicant(s) withdraw).
The CAT’s decisions and consent orders are binding, meaning that Users must follow them. 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.
Protecting Personal Information
Generally, the CAT does not anonymize the names of any Users, Representatives or Witnesses that appear before it or restrict public access to a CAT decision, order or any adjudicative records that form part of a record of the proceeding. This is in accordance with the open courts principle set out in section 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The CAT can, however, take steps, give directions or issue orders to protect the confidentiality of personal information, and/or restrict public access to a decision, order or any adjudicative records in accordance with Rule 19 of the CAT’s Rules of Practice.
That means that anyone can request that the CAT take steps, give directions, or issue orders to protect the confidentiality of personal information by restricting access to the adjudicative records in the case, or by anonymizing the names or other information of individuals, either in the adjudicative records of a case, or in any decisions or orders.
For more information you can access the CAT Confidentiality User Guide on the CAT’s Rules, Policies and Guides webpage.