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Update (December 12, 2013)

At the Commission's request, the Province of Ontario has extended the time for delivery of the final report to 31 October, 2014.

The length and complexity of the hearings and the round tables of experts along with the slow production of a huge volume of materials requiring sorting and analysis made the request necessary.

The Commission anticipates delivering its report within current budget on or before that date.

The Commission's evidentiary hearings began on March 4, 2013, and ended on October 9, 2013. All were heard in Elliot Lake.

Closing oral submissions for Part I were heard on August 12, 13 and 14 and are available on the transcripts page. Written submissions are available here.

Closing submissions for Part II were heard in Elliot Lake on November 12, 2013 and are also available on the transcripts page. The participants' written submissions are here.



The Elliot Lake Inquiry

The Elliot Lake Inquiry was established on July 19, 2012 by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act, 2009. Its mandate is to inquire into and report on events surrounding the collapse on June 23, 2012, of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, the deaths of Lucie Aylwin and Doloris Perizzolo and the injuries to other individuals as well as the emergency management and response.

The Commissioner has designated the events and relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws, policies processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties with respect to the structural integrity of the Algo Centre Mall leading up to the collapse as "Part I". He designated the events and relevant legislation, regulations and bylaws, policies processes and procedures of provincial and municipal governments and other parties in respect of the emergency management and response as "Part 2".

After the evidence is heard in respect of these facts, the Commission will engage in a less formal process to review these policies and explore recommendations which could be made for the future.

The Honourable Paul R. Bélanger was appointed Commissioner.

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