The Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) is independent of the AGCO and is an adjudicative tribunal that is part of Tribunals Ontario. LAT is responsible for adjudicating appeals regarding decisions on licensing and registration matters made by different regulators. If a person who receives a Notice of Proposal (NOP) or Notice of Proposed Order (NOPO) about a liquor, gaming, horse racing or cannabis licensing matter and wishes to request a hearing, it will be held before LAT. Those liquor, gaming, or cannabis licensees who are assessed an Order of Monetary Penalty by the Registrar can appeal the Order to LAT. Horse racing licensees can appeal the Order to the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal (HRAP).

LAT hearings are related to:

  • Registrar’s refusal to licence or register under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA), Gaming Control Act 1992 (GCA), Horse Racing Licence Act 2015 (HRLA) and Cannabis Licence Act 2018 (CLA)
  • Other proposed actions by the Registrar under the LLA, GCA, HRLA and CLA
  • Public interest hearings to determine if issuance of a liquor licence, or changes to liquor licensed premises is in the public interest; and
  • Conducting appeals of orders of monetary penalty assessed by the Registrar.

The following settlements were reached without a LAT hearing:

TABLE 24 – Alcohol-Related Settlements Without a Hearing

 

2017-18

2018-19

Number of Settlements agreed to without a hearing

(Notices of Proposal and Orders of Monetary Penalty)

106

36

*These settlements are negotiated by the AGCO’s Legal Services Division, based on instructions from the Registrar.

 

TABLE 25 – Alcohol-Related Public Meeting Conference Calls

If the AGCO receives a written objection to the issuance of a liquor sales licence, a decision is made to either set up a public meeting at the AGCO or issue a Notice of Proposal to review the Licence Application which can be appealed to the LAT. A public meeting is an alternative dispute resolution process and is an informal meeting between the liquor licence applicant, the objectors and a Deputy Registrar of the AGCO. This meeting may be arranged as a telephone conference call.

 

2017-18

2018-19

Number of Public Meeting Conference Calls

11

17

 

 

TABLE 26 – Gaming-Related Settlements Without a Hearing

 

2017-18

2018-19

Number of Settlements agreed to without a hearing

(Notices of Proposed Order and Orders of Monetary Penalty)

10

9

These settlements are negotiated by the AGCO’s Legal Services Division, based on instructions from the Registrar.

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