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Further Suspension of Limitation Periods and Statutory Deadlines


by Mitchell Rattner, Published: July 15, 2020

Tags: coronavirus,  court,  covid-19,  estate litigation,  estates,  limitation period,  litigation,  superior court

Pursuant to section 7.1(2) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Ontario legislature temporarily suspended the operation of limitation periods and time limits in proceedings made under a statute, regulation, rule, by-law or order of the government of Ontario for the duration of the emergency. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020.

Notably, the suspension was recently extended to September 11, 2020.

Here is a link to the current version of the Regulation, suspending the operation of limitation periods and statutory deadlines: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200073

The most recent amendments to the Regulation removed the language that the suspension was tied to the "duration of the state of emergency", allowing greater flexibility to extend the suspension with regard to other factors.

Here is a link to the Regulation which extended the suspension to September 11, 2020: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r20259

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