Garnishment and Attachment Regulations (SOR/83-212)

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Garnishment and Attachment Regulations

SOR/83-212

GARNISHMENT, ATTACHMENT AND PENSION DIVERSION ACT

Registration 1983-03-04

Regulations Respecting Garnishment and Attachment Proceedings

P.C. 1983-658 1983-03-03

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, pursuant to sections 9, 12, 14, and 19 of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion ActFootnote *, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations respecting garnishment and attachment proceedings.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Garnishment and Attachment Regulations.

Interpretation

 In these Regulations,

Act

Act means the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act. (Loi)

debtor

debtor[Repealed, SOR/97-176, s. 1]

provincial enforcement service

provincial enforcement service has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act. (autorité provinciale)

  • SOR/97-176, s. 1;
  • SOR/2015-22, s. 1.

Information to Be Contained in a Garnishment Application

 An application referred to in subsection 6(1) or 18(1) of the Act shall be in the form set out in the schedule.

  • SOR/84-47, s. 1;
  • SOR/97-176, s. 2.

Service of Documents

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), service of documents on Her Majesty in connection with garnishment proceedings permitted by Division I of Part I of the Act must be effected at the following places:

    • (a) if the garnishee summons is issued in Newfoundland and Labrador,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice

      284 Wellington Street

      Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8;

    • (b) if the garnishee summons is issued in Prince Edward Island,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Legal Services Unit
      • 161 Grafton Street
      • Internal Box 014
      • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 8M9;
    • (c) if the garnishee summons is issued in Nova Scotia,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Atlantic Regional Office
      • Suite 1400, Duke Tower
      • 5251 Duke Street
      • Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1P3;
    • (d) if the garnishee summons is issued in New Brunswick,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • 284 Wellington Street
      • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8;
    • (e) subject to paragraph (f), if the garnishee summons is issued in Quebec,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Quebec Regional Office — Montréal
      • East Tower, 9th Floor
      • 200 René-Lévesque Boulevard West
      • Montréal, Quebec H2Z 1X4;
    • (f) if the garnishee summons is issued in Quebec, either in the National Capital Region described in the schedule to the National Capital Act or by the provincial enforcement service in relation to an order or judgment made in the National Capital Region or outside Quebec for the payment of maintenance, alimony or support,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • 284 Wellington Street
      • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8;
    • (g) subject to paragraph (h), if the garnishee summons is issued in Ontario,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Ontario Regional Office
      • 2 First Canadian Place
      • P.O. Box 36
      • Toronto, Ontario M5X 1K6;
    • (h) if the garnishee summons is issued in Ontario, either in the Northwest Region, Northeast Region, East Region or Central East Region prescribed under the Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43, or by the provincial enforcement service in relation to an order or judgment made in one of those regions or outside Ontario for the payment of maintenance, alimony or support,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • 284 Wellington Street
      • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8;
    • (i) if the garnishee summons is issued in Manitoba,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Prairie Region — Winnipeg Office
      • Suite 301, Centennial House
      • 310 Broadway Avenue
      • Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0S6;
    • (j) if the garnishee summons is issued in Saskatchewan,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Prairie Region — Saskatoon Office
      • Scotia Centre, 10th Floor
      • 123 2nd Avenue South
      • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 7E6;
    • (k) if the garnishee summons is issued in Alberta,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Prairie Region — Edmonton Office
      • Suite 300, EPCOR Tower
      • 10423-101 Street
      • Edmonton, Alberta T5H 0E7;
    • (l) if the garnishee summons is issued in British Columbia,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • British Columbia Regional Office
      • Suite 900
      • 840 Howe Street
      • Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2S9;
    • (m) if the garnishee summons is issued in the Northwest Territories,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Northern Region — Northwest Territories Office
      • Nova Plaza, 2nd Floor
      • 5019 52nd Street
      • P.O. Box 2052
      • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2P5;
    • (n) if the garnishee summons is issued in Yukon,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Northern Region — Yukon Office
      • Suite 310, Elijah Smith Building
      • 300 Main Street
      • Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2B5; and
    • (o) if the garnishee summons is issued in Nunavut,

      • Garnishment Registry
      • Department of Justice
      • Northern Region — Northwest Territories Office
      • Nova Plaza, 2nd Floor
      • 5019 52nd Street
      • P.O. Box 2052
      • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories X1A 2P5.
  • (2) If the garnishment proceedings are in respect of a debtor who receives salary or remuneration from the Department of Justice, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada or a court, is a judge or prothonotary to whom the Judges Act applies or is a person appointed by a Minister under section 128 of the Public Service Employment Act, service of documents must be effected at the following place:

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Department of Justice
    • 284 Wellington Street
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8.
  • (3) If the garnishment proceedings are in respect of a debtor who receives salary or remuneration from a Crown corporation listed in section 6, service of documents must be effected at the head office of the corporation.

  • SOR/84-47, s. 2;
  • SOR/97-176, s. 3;
  • SOR/2002-278, s. 5;
  • SOR/2008-191, s. 1;
  • SOR/2015-22, s. 2;
  • SOR/2017-48, s. 1.

 Service of documents on the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, office of the Senate Ethics Officer, office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner or Parliamentary Protective Service in connection with garnishment proceedings permitted by Division IV of Part I of the Act must be effected at the following places:

  • (a) in the case of the Senate,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Senate
    • Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
    • Parliament Buildings
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4;
  • (b) in the case of the House of Commons,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • House of Commons
    • Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel
    • Room 7-02
    • 131 Queen Street
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6;
  • (c) in the case of the Library of Parliament,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Library of Parliament
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A9;
  • (d) in the case of the office of the Senate Ethics Officer,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Office of the Senate Ethics Officer
    • Room 526
    • 90 Sparks Street
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B4;
  • (e) in the case of the office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
    • Parliament of Canada
    • Centre Block
    • P.O. Box 16
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6; and
  • (f) in the case of the Parliamentary Protective Service,

    • Garnishment Registry
    • Parliamentary Protective Service
    • Office of the Chief Legal Counsel
    • Parliament Buildings
    • Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6.
  • SOR/84-47, s. 3;
  • SOR/97-176, s. 4;
  • SOR/2002-278, s. 6;
  • SOR/2005-53, s. 1;
  • SOR/2008-191, s. 2;
  • SOR/2015-22, s. 2;
  • SOR/2017-48, s. 2.

 Service in accordance with sections 4 and 4.1 by a provincial enforcement service may be effected by any electronic means by which the recipient is capable of receiving the documents in a usable format.

  • SOR/2015-22, s. 2.

Method of Response

 Her Majesty, the Senate, the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, the office of the Senate Ethics Officer, the office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner or Parliamentary Protective Service may respond to a garnishee summons by notice indicating

  • (a) the debtor’s name;

  • (b) the file reference number assigned by the issuer of the garnishee summons;

  • (c) the amount being garnished, if any; and

  • (d) if applicable, the date on which garnishment was or will be interrupted or terminated and the reason for the interruption or termination.

  • SOR/2015-22, s. 2;
  • SOR/2017-48, s. 3.

 The garnishee summons may be responded to by any electronic means by which its issuer is capable of receiving the response in a usable format.

  • SOR/2015-22, s. 2.

Exclusions from Salary

 For the purposes of the definition salary in sections 4 and 16 of the Act, the following amounts are deemed to be or to have been excluded from a person’s salary:

  • (a) any contribution or payment required by law to be made out of the moneys payable to the person, including,

    • (i) Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan contributions,

    • (ii) contributions required to be made pursuant to any Act listed in the schedule to the Act,

    • (iii) employment insurance contributions,

    • (iv) income tax payments, and

    • (v) federal and provincial statutory tax deductions;

  • (b) any amount that is a compulsory premium payment deducted from the moneys payable to the person for purposes of insurance or health care including,

    • (i) payments for a provincial medical care or hospital insurance plan,

    • (ii) payments for the Public Service Health Care Plan, where the person is employed outside Canada, and

    • (iii) payments for disability insurance under the Disability Insurance Plan or the Public Service Management Insurance Plan except where such payment is part of union membership dues or fees;

  • (c) any amount deducted pursuant to an Act of the Parliament of Canada other than Part I of the Act;

  • (d) any amount payable to the person as a remuneration supplement in respect of costs of a provincial medical care or hospital insurance plan;

  • (e) any amount deducted as union membership dues or fees but not including any other amount deducted and payable to a union; and

  • (f) any amount that is intended as a reimbursement to the person for special costs incurred by the person in the course of duties and for which the person can produce an invoice or receipt, including,

    • (i) a payment to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police member, to help defray the cost of upkeep and replacement of articles of uniform,

    • (ii) a payment to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police member, whose duties require that member to wear civilian clothing, to help defray the cost of upkeep and replacement of articles of that clothing,

    • (iii) a reimbursement for the cost of boots or gloves required to be worn at work where the person is a supervisory letter carrier, a part-time letter carrier or a mail dispatcher,

    • (iv) a payment to furnish canoes or boats or camping equipment where the person is employed as a fisheries warden or fishery guardian,

    • (v) an allowance paid to a pasture manager or a pasture rider in compensation for the use of that person’s horse,

    • (vi) a reimbursement for the loss of clothing or personal property in a marine disaster or shipwreck,

    • (vii) a reimbursement of costs incurred by an air traffic controller in obtaining the annual medical examination required to maintain a valid air traffic control licence,

    • (viii) a reimbursement of the membership fees paid to an association or institution, where membership in the association or institution is in the interests of the department on behalf of which or the Crown corporation, Senate, House of Commons or Library of Parliament on behalf of which or by which salary or remuneration is payable to the person,

    • (ix) a payment of a foreign service premium, a post-differential allowance or a salary equalization factor on being posted abroad or at an isolated post,

    • (x) a payment of a living cost differential allowance pursuant to the Isolated Posts Directive, and

    • (xi) a reimbursement for the cost of court clothing that the person is required to wear to carry out their duties.

  • SOR/84-47, s. 4;
  • SOR/88-316, s. 1;
  • SOR/97-176, s. 5;
  • SOR/2015-22, ss. 3, 12(F).

Crown Corporations — Division I of Part I

[SOR/2015-22, s. 12(F)]

 For the purposes of Division I of Part I of the Act, the following Crown corporations are prescribed:

  • (a) Canadian Dairy Commission;

  • (b) Telefilm Canada;

  • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2015-22, s. 4]

  • (d) [Repealed, SOR/84-47, s. 5]

  • (e) Royal Canadian Mint; and

  • (f) Canada Post Corporation.

  • SOR/84-47, s. 5;
  • 2002, c. 17, s. 15;
  • SOR/2015-22, ss. 4, 12(F).

Crown Corporations — Division II of Part I

[SOR/2015-22, s. 12(F)]

 For the purposes of subsection 14(2) of Division II of Part I of the Act, the following Crown corporations are prescribed:

  • (a) the corporations listed in Schedule I to the Public Service Superannuation Act;

  • (b) Canada Council for the Arts;

  • (c) Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation;

  • (d) and (e) [Repealed, SOR/2015-22, s. 5]

  • (f) Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation;

  • (g) International Development Research Centre;

  • (h) National Arts Centre Corporation;

  • (i) [Repealed, SOR/2015-22, s. 5]

  • (j) Standards Council of Canada; and

  • (k) any other Crown corporation, certain officers or employees of which are deemed to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act.

  • 1991, c. 10, s. 19;
  • 2001, c. 34, s. 17;
  • SOR/2015-22, ss. 5, 12(F).

SCHEDULE / ANNEXE(Section 3 / article 3)

Application under Part I of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and Section 3 of the Garnishment and Attachment Regulations form
Continued Application under Part I of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and Section 3 of the Garnishment and Attachment Regulations form
  • SOR/84-47, ss. 6, 7;
  • SOR/88-316, s. 2(E);
  • SOR/97-176, s. 7;
  • SOR/2002-278, s. 7;
  • SOR/2008-191, s. 3;
  • SOR/2015-22, ss. 6 to 11;
  • SOR/2017-48, ss. 4 to 6.
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