Frequently Asked Questions
Q.: Is there a web site where I can find out what dates an arbitrator has available or what arbitrators are
available on a particular date?
A.: Yes. Go to http://www.arbdates.com
Q.: Are Ontario labour arbitrators' decisions freely available on the internet?
A.: The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) web site provides free access to awards filed with it
by Ontario labour arbitrators:
Q.: I have a legal question involving a labour relations matter. Can you help?
A.: Unfortunately, no. OLMAA is an organization of neutral adjudicators. Neither our members nor the organization
can give advice or opinions on matters that may come before arbitration hearings. You may wish to contact your
local law society or bar association for a referral to a lawyer who practices in the labour relations area.
Q.: Where can I find a copy of the Ontario Labour Relations Act, or other employment related legislation?
A.: The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General currently makes the text of the
Labour Relations Act, 1995
and other Ontario statutes and regulations available on the web here
The federal Department of Justice makes the text of the
Canada Labour Code
and other federal statutes
and regulations available here
Q.: How do I become a member of the Association?
A.: The only qualification for membership is that one actually be involved, at the present time, as a labour
arbitrator in Ontario - that is, a neutral single arbitrator or chair of boards of arbitration. Membership is
not open to aspiring arbitrators, nor to those who serve as nominee of a party on boards of arbitration.
Someone whose name is not on the Ontario Ministry of Labour list of approved arbitrators would have to provide
other evidence of current activity as a neutral arbitrator in order to be offered membership. Proof of 5
consensual appointments as a labour arbitrator from different parties in Ontario in the past year, current
appointment to the Ontario Labour Relations board, the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board
or the Public Service Labour Relations Board and based in Ontario, or successful completion of the
Ontario Ministry of Labour's Arbitrator Development Program will ordinarily be accepted as evidence of
current activity as a neutral arbitrator.
Q.: Where would your association recommend taking courses in order to obtain an arbitration/mediation designation?
A.: Our organization does not provide recommendations on this subject. A labour-management arbitration training
is run by the Ontario Ministry of Labour in its Arbitrator Development Program from time to time, and many of
our members have taken that program. Mediation training is offered by a large number of private and
institutional trainers, and many of our members have taken training from one or more of these.
Q.: I am a member of the association. How do I update my contact information on the List of Members page of this site?
A.: Log in and enter the changes in the Members area.