Assented to 2020-07-27
An Act respecting the suspension or extension of time limits and the extension of other periods as part of the response to the coronavirus disease 2019
Marginal note:Short title
Interpretation and Application
Marginal note:Definition of period
2 In this Act, period includes the time during which a licence, permit or other authorization is valid.
Marginal note:Effect of suspension or extension
3 If a time limit is suspended or extended or a period is extended under this Act, then, during the period that the suspension or extension is in effect, every reference in any Act of Parliament or its regulations to that time limit or period is to be read as a reference to the time limit or period as it is suspended or extended.
Marginal note:Non-application — offences
Marginal note:Non-application — Corrections and Conditional Release Act
(a) to temporarily suspend certain time limits and to temporarily authorize, in a flexible manner, the suspension or extension of other time limits in order to prevent any exceptional circumstances that may be produced by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from making it difficult or impossible to meet those time limits; and
(b) to temporarily authorize, in a flexible manner, the extension of other periods in order to prevent any unfair or undesirable effects that may result from the expiry of those periods due to those exceptional circumstances.
Marginal note:For greater certainty
(2) For greater certainty, this Act is to be interpreted in a manner that provides certainty in relation to proceedings and that respects the rule of law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Time Limits Related to Proceedings
6 (1) The following time limits are, if established by or under an Act of Parliament, suspended for the period that starts on March 13, 2020 and that ends on September 13, 2020 or on any earlier day fixed by order of the Governor in Council made on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice:
(a) any limitation or prescription period for commencing a proceeding before a court;
(b) any time limit in relation to something that is to be done in a proceeding before a court; and
(c) any time limit within which an application for leave to commence a proceeding or to do something in relation to a proceeding is to be made to a court.
Marginal note:Court orders — variation
(2) The court may, by order, vary the suspension of a time limit as long as the commencement date of the suspension remains the same and the duration of the suspension does not exceed six months.
Marginal note:Court orders — effects
(3) The court may make orders respecting the effects of a failure to meet a suspended time limit, including orders that cancel or vary those effects.
Marginal note:Orders in council
(4) The Governor in Council may, by order made on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, lift a suspension in circumstances specified in the order.
Other Time Limits and Periods
Marginal note:Ministerial orders — Acts and regulations
(a) suspending or extending a time limit that is established by or under any provision of the Act that is set out in column 2;
(b) extending any other period that is established by or under any provision of the Act that is set out in column 2;
(c) if a regulation is set out in column 2 in respect of the Act,
(d) extending a suspension or extension.
Marginal note:Ministerial orders — regulations
(2) The minister who is responsible for a regulation set out in column 1 of the schedule or a relevant portion of the regulation may make an order
(3) An order under subsection (1) or (2) does not apply in respect of a time limit or other period that ends on or after December 31, 2020.
(4) The total duration of a suspension or extension must not exceed six months. However, a suspension must not have the effect of allowing a time limit to continue after December 31, 2020 and an extended time limit or period must end on or before that day.
(5) An order under subsection (1) or (2) may, if it so provides, have retroactive effect, but not before March 13, 2020, and it may also include provisions respecting the effects of a failure to meet the time limit or of the expiry of the period before the day on which the order was made, including provisions that cancel or vary those effects.
Marginal note:Additional content
(6) An order under subsection (1) or (2) may provide that
(a) a suspension or extension does not apply in respect of any circumstance specified in the order without the consent of a person, court or body specified in the order;
(b) a suspension or extension applies in respect of any circumstance specified in the order unless a person, court or body specified in the order decides otherwise; or
(c) a person, court or body specified in the order may vary the effects of the order in relation to any circumstance specified in the order.
(7) The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, make regulations restricting, or imposing conditions on, a power to make an order under subsection (1) or (2).
Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act
Marginal note:Sunset provision
9 A power conferred on the Governor in Council or a minister under this Act is not to be exercised after September 30, 2020.
Transparency and Parliamentary Oversight
Marginal note:Publication on website
10 (1) An order made under subsection 6(1) or (4) or 7(1) or (2), together with the reasons for making it, must be published, as soon as feasible after the day on which it is made but no later than five days after the day on which it is made, on a Government of Canada website for a period of at least six months.
Marginal note:Publication in Canada Gazette
Marginal note:Tabling in Parliament
11 (1) An order made under subsection 6(1) or (4) or 7(1) or (2) must be tabled in each House of Parliament within three days after the day on which it is made, unless a House is not sitting within those three days, in which case the order is to be tabled in that House at the earliest opportunity.
Marginal note:Referral to committee
(2) An order that is tabled in a House of Parliament must be referred to a committee of that House.
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