Kim Bernhardt

Kim Bernhardt

PO Box 84033
Trafalgar PO
Oakville ON  L6H 5V7
Tel: (905) 338-1333
Fax: (905) 338-0444
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Primary Jurisdiction


Arbitration Practice

In practice since 2015.



Sectors/Industries Jurisdiction

Federal, Provincial


B.A. (Hons), University of Toronto, 1977; LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1988; LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1999.


Labour Relations (including Human Rights and Arbitration) Officer, Ontario Nurses' Association, 1993-2001; private practice, Grant & Bernhardt (in association), specialized in labour, employment and human rights law, including acting as a union sidesperson, 2001-2014. Human Rights Officer (1978-1984); and business teacher at Dubai Women's College (1990-1992).

Standard Fees for Cancellation

$4,000 for each day of hearing or mediation; $500 file fee for scheduled hearings or mediations which are cancelled with more than four weeks' notice; $1,500 fee for cancellations with less than four weeks notice; $600 for cancellation of first day of expedited hearings (OLRA s.49 hearings, regular cancellation fees apply for continuation dates); Note: parties will also be charged for costs, including meeting rooms, travel outside GTA. HST will be applied to all fees.

Lists and Panels

Ontario Ministry of Labour, section 49 list.

Related Adjudication Experience

I have been a part-time member of the the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) (January 2015 to January 2020); a part-time member of the Public Service Grievance Board (PSGB) (1994-1998); the Human Rights Board of Inquiry (BOI) (1994-1998); a member of the HRTO Advisory Practice Committee; and I served as the Law Society of Upper Canada's representative on the Ontario Judicial Council from 2009-2013.


Board Member of the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators' Association (OLMAA). Member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) and the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN). Board Chair of the Equality Effect (a legal charitable organization that has litigated on behalf of women and children). Past and current affiliations include the National Legal Committee of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Human Rights Lawyers, and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL).

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Bernhardt's awards on CanLII, click here. Note: CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, offers free access to the full text of recent awards by this arbitrator.

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