Ontario Extends Emergency Orders Until June 19, 2020, and Extends the Suspension of Limitation Periods and Procedural Time Limits in Legal Proceedings up to and Including September 11, 2020

The Ontario government announced that they are extending, until at least June 19, 2020, all emergency orders that have been put in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (Emergency Act). The government first declared a state of emergency in relation to COVID-19 on March 17, 2020, under the Emergency Act.

Under the Emergency Act, government can make orders that do such things as control movement and close down public or private places. For the full list of orders in place until at least June 19, 2020, see here. Penalties for not following the legislation include fines and jail time.

Ontario is also extending the suspension of limitation periods (i.e., the period of time in which to bring a legal claim) until at least September 11, 2020, retroactive to March 16, 2020. This means that any limitation periods that expired/will expire between March 16, 2020 and September 11, 2020 will not run during this period and will be extended to September 11, 2020 (and perhaps longer if the government makes any more extensions).

Ontario is also continuing the suspension of procedural time limits (i.e., steps that must be taken within a legal proceeding) until at least September 11, 2020, retroactive to March 16, 2020. The suspension of procedural time limits is subject to the discretion of the court, tribunal or other decision-maker responsible for the proceeding, which means that some procedural time limits may still be running. For anyone with an ongoing proceeding before a court, tribunal, or other decision-maker, it is therefore important to get legal advice about any time limits that may apply to their case. For more information, see here.

For general information about the Emergency Act, see this resource put together by the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC).


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