Camping In Ontario

Camping In Ontario

April 26, 2007 09:56 ET

Campground Owners Call for the Resignation of Ontario Assessment Review Board Chairman

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 26, 2007) - Campground owners in Ontario are calling for the resignation of Mr. Richard F. Stephenson as Chairman of the Assessment Review Board. If, as the chairman of the ARB, Mr. Stephenson cannot offer campground owners the right to appeal the assessment of trailers on their land, as is their privilege, then they demand that Mr. Stephenson resign his position as Chairman of the ARB. He has been in this position since 2004 and therefore is primarily responsible for the fact that campground appeals have not been heard by the tribunal in the past four years.

"Campground owners have been fighting the wrongful assessment of seasonal trailers for more than 30 years," explains Mark Lowell, President of Camping In Ontario/OPCA. "In October 2006, the Superior Court of Justice ruled in the case of Carson's Camp v. MPAC and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula that assessing seasonal trailers is illegal. That ruling is now being appealed by MPAC and the municipality, however, the government is still assessing trailers and has vowed to continue to do so while they appeal the decision, but the ARB won't open the Tribunal to campground owners."

The Assessment Review Board (ARB) has yet to hear any of the complaint appeals lodged by campground owners thereby abdicating its duty to conduct all complaint appeals filed by each campground owner. The ARB has not conducted any appeals involving the assessment of trailers within all privately owned campgrounds in Ontario since 2003.

As of November 2006, the ARB has indicated in writing that it will not conduct any hearings until after the Court of Appeals renders its decision in the case of Carson's Camp v. MPAC and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula - a decision that is not expected for at least 18 months.

Camping In Ontario/OPCA represents close to 500 privately owned and operated campgrounds in this province and supports the improvement of these businesses through education, advocacy and the promotion of camping in Ontario.

Contact Information

  • Camping In Ontario/OPCA
    Beth Potter
    Executive Director
    (905) 947-9500
    or
    Camping In Ontario/OPCA
    Mark Lowell
    President
    (705) 887-3960