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Impact of Covid-19 on Courts

The Federal Courts

The Federal Court has extended the suspension of all deadlines in Ontario and Quebec through June 29, 2020. The suspension period in all other provinces expired June 15, 2020.

For more information, the Practice Direction can be viewed at the following URLs:

Federal Court


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.

Ontario has also suspended the provisions of any statute, regulation, rule or bylaw of the Ontario Government which created any limitation period for commencing any legal action until September 11, 2020.

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.