Can the ombudsman help you?
Have you already tried to resolve your problem with the organization’s complaint procedures? If you aren’t sure what options are available, you can speak to the organization directly or the Ombudsman’s staff can assist you.
Can the ombudsman investigate your complaint?
Find out if the Ombudsman can investigate the government organization by checking our Who We Oversee database. The Ombudsman oversees more than 1,000 public sector bodies (such as municipalities, universities, and school boards) and provincial ministries, Crown corporations, administrative tribunals, agencies, boards and commissions, and deals with more than 21,000 complaints a year.
The Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over private companies or individuals, local police, doctors, lawyers, decisions of judges or courts, the Ontario Cabinet, or the federal government. The Ombudsman also cannot investigate hospitals and long-term care homes, but oversees the Patient Ombudsman, who takes complaints about those bodies.
Are you ready to submit your complaint?
Submit an online complaint form (for other options, see below).
It is also helpful to:
- Get the names and titles of the people you have dealt with at the government or public sector body
- Keep track of the dates of your contact with them
- Keep all written communication relating to your complaint
How to complain:
Please note that we do not accept complaints through Twitter, Facebook, or any other third-party platforms.
Our complaints staff are available 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may also leave a voice message outside of office hours.
- Toll-free (inside Ontario only): 1-800-263-1830
- Outside Ontario: 416-586-3300
- TTY (teletypewriter): 1-866-411-4211
- Fax: 416-586-3485
Calls with our Office may be recorded for quality assurance and training purposes and/or to ensure an accurate and exact record.
For general inquiries concerning complaints, please contact us via the e-mail below:
Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario
Bell Trinity Square
483 Bay Street, 10th Floor, South Tower
An appointment is recommended for in-person (walk-in) complaints. Please call 1-800-263-1830 to schedule an appointment.
The office is located at 483 Bay Street, (Bell Trinity Square, 10th Floor, South Tower), Toronto. Office hours are from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Review our Frequently Asked Questions or call 1-800-263-1-830 during office hours to speak to Ombudsman staff.