Ontario Government Record Series RG 37-4

Ontario Municipal Board order books

About these records

Ontario Municipal Board order books
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

54.35 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of orders issued by the Ontario Municipal Board (O.M.B.) after adjudication of applications or appeals submitted by municipalities, companies or individuals.

The orders are the official record of the Board's decisions and include the board procedure file number and the signature of the Secretary. Before 1955, the written decisions, or reasons for judgement, for some cases were filed with the orders.

The cases fall into eight general categories of rulings: community planning issues such as official plans and amendments, site plans, subdivisions, consents to minor variances or land severance's, restricted area (zoning) bylaws; assessment appeals; municipal organization and administration decisions (incorporations, amalgamations, annexations, boundaries, Minister's zoning orders appeals, etc.); approvals of large municipal capital expenditure projects, issuing of debentures, and municipal indebtedness; joint hearings (e.g., with the Environmental Assessment Board); Rental Housing Protection Act appeals; land compensation for expropriation (1971-); and miscellaneous arbitration's and rulings on municipal matters made under the Municipal Act or the Ontario Municipal Board Act.

The orders are filed chronologically by date of issue in 75 sequential volumes for all categories of application (1906-1951), then chronologically by volumes with letter prefixes for the type of case (1952-1992): 1) Capital expenditure, or 2) Community planning, assessment appeals, municipal organization, etc., then chronologically by date of issue for all categories of application (1993- ) The orders for 1906-1910 are indexed. Subsequent volumes are individually indexed alphabetically by the municipality/ applicant, with the application/ appeal number, and the page in the order book. The order book entries up to 1988 are cross-referenced in the procedure books (Series RG 37-2).

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

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Ontario Railway and Municipal Board

Ontario Municipal Board
Restrictions on Access
Volumes one to eighty are restricted for conservation reasons. Please use self service microfilm. All other records in this series are open.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These records were received under schedule from the Ontario Municipal Board.
Availability of Other Formats

Self-service microfilm is available for the 1906-1952 (all classes) volumes as MS 7836-MS 7897 and MS 8006. See the online list for more details.
Finding Aid
An online finding aid is available for this series. Click here to view

Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1906-1932 :

Ontario Railway and Municipal Board (BA88)

1932-1993 :

Ontario Municipal Board (BA89)

How to order these records

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Consult the Procedure Books, Series RG 37-2, to identify the volume number containing the order of interest to you.

Please use self-service microfilm 1906-1952 (all classes) volumes 1 through 80. Consult the volume listing for RG 37-4 to identify the reel that contains the volume of interest to you.

Please consult the online finding aid to identify the records that you require. When requesting order books post dating 1952 cite the reference code, volume number and box number (when given). When a box reference is provided the records are stored off-site. Please be aware that a minimum of 1 business day is required to retrieve this material.

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