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Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act – Submissions Due Monday, April 6, 2020

As noted in our email of April 1, 2020, the House of Assembly has passed the Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act (the “Act”) which can be found online at:

We have asked you to advise us and the department responsible of any statute with limitation and/or time periods which should be extended, how long the extension should be and whether retroactivity is required so that we can bring the information to the attention of the specific Minister responsible for the variation.

As you know, we have asked the Minister of Justice and Public Safety to consider advising the Lieutenant Governor in Council to extend all limitation periods outlined in the Limitations Act for a period of 6 months retroactive to 14 March 2020.

We have also asked the Minister of Justice and Public Safety to, in accordance with s. 6 of the Act, to consider extending the timelines outlined in the:

  1. Judicature Act and Rules of the Supreme Court, 1986;
  2. Court of Appeal Rules;
  3. Small Claims Act and Small Claims Rules; and
  4. Law Society Act, 1999

Thus far, the following additional statutes requiring limitation and/or time period extensions have been brought to our attention:

  1. Family Law Act (request for extension of limitation and time periods outlined in Parts II and III – retroactive to 14 March 2020);
  2. Automobile Insurance Act and Regulations;
  3. Engineers & Geoscientists Act;
  4. Social Workers Act; and
  5. Health Professions Act

If there are any other statutes that you believe should be extended, we ask that you bring them to our attention on or before Monday, April 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Please direct your comments to Brenda B. Grimes, QC at