Government Committed to Eliminating Backlog Preventing Affordable Home Construction

Published on August 21, 2019

Associate Chair Appointed to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to Clear Delays Affecting Housing Supply


Today, Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of Marie Hubbard as the interim Associate Chair of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Hubbard will lead the LPAT's existing and new adjudicators to resolve cases that have prevented the construction of new housing to meet people's needs and budgets.

The LPAT helps resolve conflicts during the process of land use planning. Currently, there are over 1,400 cases waiting to be heard by the LPAT, impacting approximately 100,000 housing units in Toronto alone. Eliminating this backlog will ensure the LPAT can deliver fair and timely decisions in the interest of people and communities. 

"Marie Hubbard is one of the most well-respected authorities on land use planning in Ontario," said Downey. "I am thrilled Ms. Hubbard has agreed to serve as the Associate Chair of the LPAT as our government works to bring certainty to the land use planning process and urgently address the housing crisis Ontario is facing."

Hubbard gained significant experience in providing leadership to adjudicators and managing high caseloads in her role as chair of the LPAT predecessor, the Ontario Municipal Board. Hubbard previously served as a municipal councillor, regional councillor and mayor, as well as Chair of Planning for the Region of Durham.

Hubbard was appointed pursuant to a new waiver under the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009. The waiver permits the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make an appointment on an urgent basis for a maximum of six months. A permanent Associate Chair will be appointed by February 21, 2020 in accordance with the process set out in the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009.

The appointment of Hubbard builds upon the More Homes, More Choice plan that sets out the government's strategy to cut red tape, make costs more predictable, encourage different types of housing and promote innovative new approaches to housing design and home ownership.