Welcome to the Ontario Police Arbitration Commission’s Website

The Ontario Police Arbitration Commission has a new URL of https://www.policearbitration.gov.on.ca/.

The Commission’s previous website has been decommissioned and attempts to access the old URL of www.policearbitration.on.ca will be redirected to the new site.

Please bookmark the Commission’s new URL for future reference, and forward this information to any relevant or affected parties.

COVID-19 Pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Commission to re-examine and revise the way conciliations are conducted in the interim. While the Commission is prepared to provide video conferencing conciliation, OPAC encourages the parties to defer the matter to a time when a face to face conciliation is possible. Please see the attachment below for further detail;

COVID-19 OPAC Video Conferencing Conciliation Proceedings (PDF)

Our Role

The Ontario Police Arbitration Commission administers the conciliation and mediation-arbitration processes under Part VIII of the Police Services Act

The Arbitration Commission’s main function involves the appointment of conciliators and arbitrators to assist police associations and police services boards in the resolution of disputes arising out of the negotiations and administration of their collective agreements.

Other major responsibilities include:

  • Retaining the services of conciliation officers
  • Maintaining a register of arbitrators for appointment under the Police Services Act
  • Assisting conciliators and arbitrators with administrative arrangements
  • Fixing the fees for arbitrators appointed under Section 124 (rights disputes)
  • Sponsoring research, and the publication and distribution of information on agreements, decisions and awards
  • Maintaining a file of agreements, decisions and awards made under Part VIII of the Police Services Act

The Arbitration Commission is a neutral body and does not become involved in the issues between the parties and does not influence the outcome of conciliation or arbitration.