In accordance with section 23 of the Buildings Accessibility Act, the purpose of the Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal is to hear appeals from aggrieved parties concerning decisions of the Director responsible for buildings accessibility. Appeals must be started by the Tribunal not later than 30 days after receipt of the appeal and must provide its decision, in writing, within 45 days of hearing the appeal.
The Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal consists of a chairperson, a vice-chairperson and three other members, one of whom must be a representative of people with disabilities. Public employees of the province are not eligible for appointment to the Tribunal.
Members of the Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal collectively possess the core competencies of:
Members of the Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal meet the following qualifications:
The Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal hears complaints under the Buildings Accessibility Act as appeals are filed. There are normally no regularly scheduled meetings although a meeting may be held at the call of the Chair. Members of the Appeal Tribunal should be available to meet on demand within a very short time frame (30 days or less). This may include formal, in-person meetings as well as conference calls. Tribunal members are also expected to spend additional time reviewing appeal materials and preparing for hearings.
Members of the Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal are appointed for a two year term and are eligible for reappointment. Where the term of a member expires, he or she continues to be a member until reappointed or replaced. Where a member of the Tribunal resigns or his or her term of office expires, that member may continue to exercise his or her powers and perform his or her duties with regard to a matter before the tribunal in which that member was involved before that resignation or expiry, as if he or she had not resigned or the term had not expired.
Members are also reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses to attend meetings, in accordance with allowable travel and meal rates established by the Human Resource Secretariat.
The Buildings Accessibility Appeal Tribunal is seeking to fill five positions, including Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, and an individual who can represent persons with disabilities. Legal knowledge would be a particular asset for new appointments. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.