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Changes to court fees as of November 6, 2016

The Ontario government has announced changes to court fees, which will come into effect on November 6th, 2016.   Many of these current fees have not increased since 2005.

These changes affect civil litigation matters, probate applications, construction liens, and repair and storage liens.   Almost all fees in these types of matters have been significantly increased. 

For example, the fee associated with the issuance of a statement of claim, notice of action or notice of application have been increased from $181.00 to $220.00. Issuance of a notice of motion has increased to $160.00 from $127.00.   The cost of perfecting an appeal or judicial review application has increased to $405.00 from $201.00.

On the probate side, the fee to commence an application for passing of accounts by an estate trustee has increased from $322.00 to $390.00, while the fee for other applications, such as proving a lost or destroyed Will, revoking a certificate of appointment or applying for directions been increased to $210.00, up from $173.00.   

Family law fees remain the same.    

Lastly, all fees will now be subject to a percent increase based on increases to the consumer price index.  This change shall commence in 2020 and the fees shall be adjusted automatically every 3 years. 

All of the changes can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/920293.

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