Part 6 – Division 29
Overview: Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act

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Part 6, Division 29 establishes the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC) as a department, listed in Schedule I.1 of the Financial Administration Act, within the Justice portfolio. The ATSSC will provide registry, administrative and other support services to 11 administrative tribunals (see list below).  The staff and resources that currently support those tribunals will be transferred to the ATSSC.

The legislation ensures the continuing independence of the tribunals and the fairness of their proceedings. The tribunals will maintain their separate identities under their current ministerial portfolios, and their members and chairs will retain control of their adjudicative procedures and other substantive functions.

The ATSSC will be based in the National Capital Region. The head of the new department will be appointed by the Governor in Council for a fixed term, and will be conferred the necessary authorities to provide the tribunals with the required support services.

The legislation also makes consequential amendments to tribunal statutes and other related legislation to ensure cohesion of the relevant acts.

List of included tribunals and boards:

Canada Industrial Relations Board

Canadian Agricultural Review Tribunal

Canadian Cultural Properties Review Board

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

Competition Tribunal

Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal

Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board*

Specific Claims Tribunal

Social Security Tribunal 

Transportation Appeal Tribunal

* Pursuant to the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2, the Public Service Labour Relations Board and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal are being merged to form the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board.

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