Terms of Reference for the
Social Benefits Tribunal
Practice Advisory Committee


The Practice Advisory Committee (PAC) provides a forum for the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT) and representatives of appellants and the Director (Ministry of Community and Social Services) to exchange information and views on operational and procedural matters of the SBT. The objective is to foster constructive working relationships between all participants, develop best practices, coordinate resources and activities, increase communications and consultations, and develop common expectations.


The PAC will not make decisions, nor will it address the issues listed below:

The PAC must operate in the context of the SBT being an independent adjudicative tribunal. As such, the representatives from the appellants and from the respondents will be treated impartially.

Organization and Membership

The Practice Advisory Committee (PAC) will be administered through the office of the associate chair of the SBT. For purposes of transparency and impartiality, and to fully respect the adjudicative independence of the SBT, the Ministry of Community and Social Services should participate only in the role of being a representative of a respondent.

Although certain organizations will be requested to provide names of representatives for the PAC, the persons who sit as members of the PAC will not be presumed to speak on behalf of or bind their organization unless that is clearly stated.

The following is the list of members, which may be reviewed from time to time:

Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS)


First Nations

Appellant representatives

SBT/SJTO representatives


The Practice Advisory Committee will meet three times each year. The preferred timing is Monday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., to allow for travel time from nearby regions. The location will be the head office of the Social Benefits Tribunal on Grosvenor Street, in Toronto, but participants outside of the Toronto area may be connected by teleconference and speaker phone. The dates for the meetings shall be set at the beginning of each year to assist participants. Agenda items can be submitted up to two weeks before the date of the meeting to allow participants to prepare.


June 1, 2017