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Impact of Covid-19 on Courts

The Federal Courts

The Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal have each extended the suspension of all deadlines through May 29, 2020. The Court will not hold hearings until June 29, 2020.

Matters which are exceptional or urgent may be heard by telephone conference or video conference. For more information, the Practice Direction can be viewed at the following URLs:

Federal Court

Federal Court of Appeal


Limitation periods and procedural time periods suspended in all legal proceedings in Ontario

The Ontario Courts have indefinitely suspended all but emergency civil, criminal and family law proceedings.

The Ministry of the Attorney General has advised that an Order in Council has been made under s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020 and has no fixed end date.

The Order suspends the provisions of any statute, regulation, rule or bylaw of the Ontario Government which created any limitation period for commencing any legal action. 

The Order also suspends any prescribed deadline for taking any action in any proceeding in Ontario, subject to the discretion of the court, tribunal or decision maker responsible for the proceeding.