Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal (Tribunal)
Rule 34 - Appeals Under The Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act
Method of commencement
34.01 Unless otherwise provided in these rules or in a statute an application shall be commenced by notice addressed to the secretary of the Tribunal at 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4Y2.
34.02 An application for exemption shall contain the name, mailing address, including postal code, and telephone number, property roll number, exemption requested as well as a detailed statement of grounds upon which the applicant seeks exemption.
34.03 An application for accreditation shall contain the name, mailing address, including postal code, and telephone number of the organization seeking accreditation, the name and title of the contact person for the organization and documentation indicating how the organization meets the requirements for accreditation set out in the Act.
Action by the Secretary
34.04 Upon receipt of an application the secretary shall send a copy of the application to the accredited farm organizations and to the Chair and two members of the Tribunal asking whether they require the Tribunal to conduct a hearing on the application prior to making a decision. If no one objects to the application the Tribunal may make a decision based on the written application. If a hearing is required, the secretary to the Tribunal shall, in consultation with the parties, set a date for the hearing and issue a notice of hearing.
34.05 Upon receipt of an application for accreditation the secretary shall, in consultation with the parties, set a date for the hearing and issue a notice of hearing.
34.06 Unless otherwise provided in these rules or in a statute, an appeal to the Tribunal operates as a stay in the matter under appeal subject to the right of the Tribunal to limit or define the scope of the stay.
34.07 The applicant and any other person who, in the opinion of the Tribunal, has significant interest in the subject matter of the appeal are the parties to an appeal.
Completion of hearing
34.08 The Tribunal shall complete the hearing within forty-five calendar days after the date set for the hearing.
34.09 The Tribunal shall send notice of its decision and reasons, if any, to all parties to the appeal and to the Minister within twenty days after the hearing is completed.
Effect of Decision
34.10 A decision of the Tribunal in an appeal is final.
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