BCFIRB is an independent administrative tribunal. Administrative tribunals are an alternative to the courts and provide a less formal and more efficient system for resolving disputes in a timely way. Tribunals resolve disputes independent of government. They use specialized expertise to deliver relevant, impartial decisions. For more information about tribunals, see AdminLawBC.ca.
As a tribunal, BCFIRB adheres to:
- natural justice (procedural fairness for all participants, and fair decision making by an objective decision maker); and,
- administrative law (law that governs public officials and tribunals who make decisions that affect peoples’ interests)
Where it is suitable, BCFIRB promotes early dispute resolution through mediation, facilitation or other processes.
BCFIRB decisions are final and conclusive but may be judicially reviewed by, or appealed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. BCFIRB processes and procedures can be reviewed by the Office of the Ombudsperson, providing an additional layer of accountability.