COVID-19 Update – Suspension of Limitation Periods and Procedural Timelines

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government has made an Order suspending limitation periods and procedural timelines in Ontario. A copy of the Order can be found here.

The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020. This means that all limitation periods and procedural timelines – including those applicable to Courts and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal – were “frozen” on that date. For example, deadlines to commence, serve, and defend claims have stopped running. The suspension will last until Ontario declares an end to the emergency.

Please contact Ava Kanner ( or John Alati (  if you have any questions.