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Ontario Small Claims Court Limit Raised to $25,000

Posted by Shane McLean on January 13, 2010

Effective as of January 1, 2010, the upper limit on claims brought before the Ontario Small Claims Court was raised from $10,000 to $25,000.   This change will almost certainly increase the overall number of claims that are brought in the $10,000 to $25,000 range.  Prior to this change it was not unusual for plaintiffs with claims in that range to give up the amount over $10,000 in order to bring their claim into the jurisdiction of the Ontario Small Claims Court with its lower costs and quicker timelines.

Of interest to Ontario based businesses, I expect to see a larger number of vendor disputes and employment matters ending up in Small Claims Court than before.   This includes claims in the $10,000 – $25,000 range that might previously have been brought in Small Claims Court but capped at $10,000 and claims that might otherwise be in the over $25,000 range but are close enough to $25,000 that the plaintiff believes it to be in their interests to limit their claim to $25,000 in order to bring it in Small Claims Court.

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