MESSAGE FROM THE CANADA AGRICULTURAL REVIEW TRIBUNAL IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Ottawa, August 25th, 2021 – The Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal (Tribunal) has been actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and issues the following statement:

The safety and health of employees, of those who appear before the Tribunal are a top concern for us. At the same time, the Tribunal must remain accessible to the public. Balancing these two priorities, the following interim measures are being adopted. They will be subject to ongoing monitoring as this extraordinary situation evolves.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE TRIBUNAL

Parties are invited to communicate with the registry of the Tribunal by email at InfoTribunal@cart-crac.gc.ca or by phone at 613.943.6405.

FILING OF REQUEST FOR REVIEW AND SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS

Parties are encouraged to file their request for review by email at InfoTribunal@cart-crac.gc.ca.

ACCESS TO THE TRIBUNAL FACILITIES

The Tribunal facilities remain closed to visitors, but all other services of the Tribunal are maintained. The Tribunal is fully operational.

MANDATORY CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCES

The Tribunal can hold mandatory case management conferences to ensure a sound, efficient and expeditive management of requests for review.

HEARINGS OF THE TRIBUNAL

The Tribunal holds virtual hearings starting since November 2020. In person hearings will resume in October 2021, if the safety and health of the Tribunal’s employees, and those who appear before the Tribunal, is satisfactory and in respect of all public health measures.

FLEXIBILITY

The Tribunal is committed to being as flexible as reasonably possible in assisting the public to deal with this extraordinary situation and the hardship that it may cause.

 

Luc Bélanger

Chairperson
Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal


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