On February 11, 2021, regulations were filed to amend the court rules and forms for Small Claims Court proceedings and civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice, namely: 

O. Reg. 108-21, amending the Rules of the Small Claims Court; and 
O. Reg. 107-21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure

The Small Claims Court amendment regulation establishes new electronic processes in Small Claims Court proceedings through amendments to 17 rules and 23 forms and the creation of 2 new rules.  

The amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure and related forms allow for email service on the Crown in right of Ontario, the Attorney General, Children’s Lawyer and the Public Guardian and Trustee for originating processes and other documents as an alternative to personal service.

The new rules related to serving the Crown in right of Ontario and related entities are subject to O. Reg. 76/20 (Electronic service) under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, as long as O. Reg. 76/20 remains in effect.

A summary of each regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 

21-MAG003 (O. Reg. 108-21)
21-MAG002 (O. Reg. 107-21)

The regulations come into force on March 1, 2021.