In 2016, Toronto City Council approved a trial city-wide Mediation Pilot Program with respect to minor variance and consent applications being considered by the Committee of Adjustment’s Panels in Etobicoke & York, Scarborough, North York and Toronto & East York.

The Mediation Pilot Program is intended to evaluate the benefits of mediation in resolving disputes related to minor variance and consent applications.

Mediation sessions forming part of the Pilot Program will be at no cost to the applicant or other affected parties disputing an application and will be conducted in several of the City’s Civic Centres.

This city-wide pilot program uses a third party mediator to assist disputing parties reach a voluntary, mutually-acceptable solution for some or all of the issues in dispute for minor variance and consent applications being considered by the Committee of Adjustment.

The program will rollout across the city and will be available through the Committee of Adjustment starting with North York on February 9, followed by Toronto and East York on February 15, Scarborough on February 16 and Etobicoke and York on February 23.