Earlier today, the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) announced that the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) will become the eighth tribunal of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO). The CICB will officially join SJTO on April 1, 2015.

MAG posted the bulletin “Ontario Expands Social Justice Tribunals Ontario” to announce the change.

As an SJTO tribunal, CICB will benefit from the resources and expertise of a large and well-respected tribunal organization, while maintaining its adjudicative independence. The CICB is a good fit for SJTO. SJTO tribunals have experience dealing with people who are unrepresented, live in poverty or come from marginalized communities.

The mandate of the CICB will not change under the SJTO umbrella. As it always has, the CICB will continue to make expert, independent decisions about applications for victims’ compensation.

The mission of all SJTO tribunals is to provide fair and accessible dispute resolution. In recent years, the CICB has significantly improved client service and reduced claims processing times. These are accomplishments that the CICB will continue to build on within SJTO.

Michael Gottheil, Executive Chair, Social Justice Tribunals Ontario
Maria Tassou, Acting Chair, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board