In January 2019, the Ministry of the Attorney General posted a proposal to the Regulatory Registry to increase existing court fees. Approval was received to proceed with its proposal.
The ministry has also received approval to increase the fee waiver eligibility thresholds by the same percentage as the average fee increase. This will automatically increase every three years by applying the Consumer Price Index, beginning Jan 2023.
Those court users who do not meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, but cannot afford to pay, can continue to make a request to the court to waive the fees.
These changes will come into effect on April 1, 2019.
Click HERE for the complete list of the fee and fee waiver increases.
For more information, please read the Ministry's official correspondence HERE.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Vaia Pappas, Director of the Operational Support Branch at (416) 326-2514 or by email at Vaia.Pappas@ontario.ca.
The Ministry of the Attorney General sent an announcement letting FOLA know that starting February 25, 2019, the Family Claims Online service will expand to enable Ontarians to initiate simple divorce applications online at any time. The existing joint divorce online filing process is also being enhanced to permit property claims on consent.
As well, the Ministry continues to expand the Community Legal Education Ontario’s Guided Pathways to Family Court Forms tool. In addition to helping users complete the forms required to apply for a simple or joint divorce and file a separation agreement with the court, the tool now leads users through many forms required to apply for corollary relief, including custody, access, support, property division, and a restraining order (with or without a divorce claim).
To learn more, visit To learn more, visit https://fola.ca/family-law-reforms or https://www.cleo.on.ca/en/projects/guided-pathways-family-court-forms
Attached is a guide on how to set up a Justice Services Online account, which is required to access the Family Claims Online service. Please share the guide and links to Family Claims Online (www.Ontario.ca/familyclaims ), the Guided Pathways (https://www.cleo.on.ca/en/projects/guided-pathways-family-court-forms), and https://fola.ca/family-law-reforms with members of your organization and your clients.