Covid-19: Supreme Court of Canada announces end to suspension of time limits

Published on August 28, 2020

The Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which came into force on July 27, 2020, suspends time limits with respect to civil legal proceedings found in federal legislation, including the Supreme Court Act, for the period that starts on March 13, 2020, and that ends on September 13, 2020. Accordingly, that period is excluded from the calculation of time for serving and filing documents in civil matters.

The suspension of deadlines in the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada that was authorized in March 2020 will expire at the end of the day on September 13, 2020.

To assist parties in filing their documents within the time limits set out in the Supreme Court Act and the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, documents — whether originating or otherwise — may be filed by email. The original paper copies shall be filed subsequently within a reasonable time. Excepted from this directive are the requirements for filing paper copies of the appeal documents that are set out in Rules 35, 36 and 37.

The provisions of Rule 77 are extended to judgments and reasons for judgment. They will be deemed to be signed if they bear a facsimile of the judge's signature.

For further information, please contact the Registry by email at

This notice replaces the notice issued in March 2020.

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