The mission of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) is to advance administrative justice through education, advocacy and innovation.
The creation of SOAR and its constitution was approved by resolution of the Conference of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators in 1991 following some five years of informal collaboration of chairs, members and executive staff of administrative justice system agencies. This collaboration had been focused on activities of an ad hoc "circle" of Ontario chairs, the Macauley inquiry, the annual Conference and CCAT (the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals).
The organization of SOAR was completed in the fall of 1992, with the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors (now the Board of Directors) held on November 4, 1992.
SOAR was incorporated as the "Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators; Societe ontarienne des arbitres et des regisseurs", as a non-profit organization, in December 1993.
SOAR is explicitly non-partisan. Its focus is the public interest.
SOAR's profile in and outside the community is recognized as providing leadership and direction on issues of importance to the administrative justice community and the public that it serves.
SOAR provides quality, timely and relevant professional development opportunities to its membership and the broader community through a variety of delivery models and strategic collaborations.
Advocacy and Innovation
SOAR advocates for the excellence and integrity of the administrative justice system and provides opportunities to discuss and address issues affecting the community.
SOAR's website provides pertinent and timely access to current information affecting the administrative justice community. SOAR communicates regularly about its activities and matters of concern to its Members and the community.
SOAR effectively generates sustained and robust revenue to support its educational and leadership initiatives. Governance SOAR's organizational structure supports and promotes good governance practices, operational efficiencies, inclusive policies and strategic priorities.