The Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) is an independent tribunal created under the Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, 1999 to adjudicate applications and resolve disputes concerning compensation claims and licensing activities regulated by the Ontario government. This includes activities of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA).
As a result of a complaint investigation, the HCRA Registrar may issue a Notice of Proposal to apply conditions, suspend, refuse, refuse to renew or revoke a licence. If an applicant or licensee receives a Notice of Proposal, they have the right to request a hearing before the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Requesting a hearing is in effect starting a legal proceeding. The Tribunal will hold a hearing and may direct the HCRA Registrar to carry out the proposed action or may substitute its opinion for that of the HCRA Registrar. The Tribunal may also attach conditions to its order or to a licence. Licensees have the right to legal representation throughout the Tribunal process including at the hearing.
A request for hearing must be in writing. It must be delivered to the Licence Appeal Tribunal and to the HCRA Registrar within 15 calendar days after the Notice of Proposal is served. It can be delivered by registered mail or by email if there is proof of delivery. If a written request for hearing is not made within 15 calendar days after the Notice of Proposal is served, the Registrar may carry out the action described in the Notice of Proposal.