On March 20, 2020, the Ontario government suspended limitation periods and procedural time periods effective March 16, 2020. On June 5, 2020, the Ontario government extended this suspension up to and including September 11, 2020. This Regulation applies to limitation periods and procedural deadlines that are established by Ontario statutes, regulations, rules and by-laws.
The current suspension of procedural deadlines is subject to the discretion of the court, tribunal or other decision-maker responsible for the proceeding.
When the Regulation Does Not Apply
Reg. 73/20 does not apply to:
a) Deadlines or “limitations periods” set out in contracts:
Some contracts impose deadlines for commencing an action. For example, this is fairly common in insurance policies.
b) Federal law or the laws of other provinces.
When the Regulation No Longer Applies
Reg. 73/20 no longer applies to:
a) Construction Act matters:
On April 9, 2020, the government amended O. Reg 73/20, such that as of April 16, 2020, the terms of O. Reg 73/20 no longer apply to provisions under the Construction Act or its regulations establishing limitation periods or a period of time within which any step must be taken in a proceeding, including an intended proceeding. In effect, limitation periods were suspended from March 16, 2020 to April 16, 2020. Time started to run again on April 16th, with the same amount of time to meet deadlines as there had been on March 16, 2020.
b) Drivers’ licence suspensions under the Family Law Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act:
On June 5, 2020, the government amended O. Reg. 73/20 so that driver’s license suspensions under the Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, can resume in appropriate cases to enforce payment of child or spousal support.