Lawyers are starting to sound the alarm on the state of disarray in Ontario’s social justice tribunals. The Ford Government hasn’t been filling vacancies at these tribunals. A lawyer who works in a community legal clinic in Toronto summed up the state of the tribunals over twitter with very specific concerns regarding the social benefits tribunal (SBT):
It is important to note that the Ford Government has launched a fraud task-force to investigate people on social assistance in the middle of a pandemic. This task-force which will begin its work investigating unproven allegations of fraud against social assistance recipients starting in January. People accused of fraud by this task-force would have to go before the social benefits tribunal or divisional court in order dispute these claims.