CIRB Consultations with CBA on Virtual Proceedings 

Nov. 18, 2021

The CBA Labour & Employment Law Section presents:

CIRB Consultations with CBA on Virtual Proceedings

November 18, 2021 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern

Zoom Meeting

The move to remote working and virtual hearings was made necessary by the onset of the global pandemic. The Canada Industrial Relations Board is no exception. We shifted very quickly to virtual operations and transitioned to videoconference as the principal method of conducting mediations and oral hearings.  

The February 2021 CBA Task Force report on justice issues arising from COVID left the readers with two main themes: 

First, there is no turning back. We must continue to build upon the innovations implemented during the pandemic. 

Second, new measures and technological tools must be deployed in a way that enhances the parties’ ability to participate in the process and we must be mindful of their adverse and unintended consequences.     

As the Board  thinks about how best to incorporate virtual hearings in its service delivery model going forward, we want to hear from you. At consultation sessions led by CIRB Chairperson Ginette Brazeau, we will discuss:

  • the benefits of virtual hearings for parties appearing before labour boards
  • the lessons learned or the prerequisites to effective virtual hearings
  • the type of proceedings best suited for virtual hearings


Ultimately, the Board wants to ensure it remains accessible, relevant and efficient in the dispute resolution services it offers. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on how best to achieve this objective.                                                                                                                    


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    November 18, 2021
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern)

    Zoom Meeting

    Instructions will be sent via email the day prior to the event.


    CBA members: Free






Augusta Acquah
Liaison Officer, CBA Sections
The Canadian Bar Association
(613) 237-2925 ext. 133  | (800) 267-8860 |