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Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure respecting the Canada Pension Plan (SOR/90-689)

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Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure respecting the Canada Pension Plan

SOR/90-689

TAX COURT OF CANADA ACT

Registration 1990-10-01

General Rules of the Tax Court of Canada Regulating the Practice and Procedure in the Court for Appeals Under Section 28 of the Canada Pension Plan, Revised Statutes Of Canada, 1985, Chapter C-8

P.C. 1990-2124  1990-09-27

Whereas, pursuant to subsection 22(3)Footnote * of the Tax Court of Canada Act, the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada published a notice of the proposed revocation of the Pension Appeals Board Rules of Procedure (Contributions and Coverage), C.R.C., c. 389, except in respect of any appeals or proceedings instituted before January 1, 1991, and a copy of the proposed Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure respecting the Canada Pension Plan, substantially in the form annexed hereto, in the Canada Gazette Part I on April 21, 1990, and invited any interested person to make representations to the rules committee with respect thereto;

Therefore, the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada, pursuant to section 20Footnote ** of the Tax Court of Canada Act and subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, hereby

Dated this 7th day of September 1990

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J.-C. Couture,

Chief Judge

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D. H. Christie,

Associate Chief Judge

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M. J. Bonner

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A. Garon

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Helen C. Turner

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Maurice Regnier, Q.C.

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, pursuant to subsection 20(1)Footnote * of the Tax Court of Canada Act, is pleased hereby to approve

  • (a) the revocation, by the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada, effective January 1, 1991, of the Pension Appeals Board Rules of Procedure (Contributions and Coverage), C.R.C., c. 389, except in respect of any appeals or proceedings instituted before that date; and

  • (b) the making, by the rules committee of the Tax Court of Canada, effective January 1, 1991, of the annexed Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure respecting the Canada Pension Plan, in substitution therefor.

Short Title

 These rules may be cited as the Tax Court of Canada Rules of Procedure respecting the Canada Pension Plan.

Interpretation

 In these rules,

Act

Act means the Canada Pension Plan; (Loi)

appellant

appellant means an employee or employer, or the representative of either of them, who appeals under section 28 of the Act; (appelant)

electronic filing

electronic filing means the act of filing, by electronic means, through the Court’s website (www.tcc-cci.gc.ca) or any other website referred to in a direction issued by the Court, any document listed on those sites; (dépôt électronique)

fax

fax means to transmit a facsimile of printed matter electronically or a document so transmitted; (télécopie)

intervener

intervener means a person affected by a determination by, or a decision on an appeal to, the Minister under section 27 of the Act and who has intervened in an appeal; (intervenant)

Minister

Minister means the Minister of National Revenue; (ministre)

Registrar

Registrar means the person appointed as Registrar of the Court by the Chief Administrator of the Courts Administration Service in consultation with the Chief Justice; (greffier)

Registry

Registry means the Registry established by the Chief Administrator of the Courts Administration Service at the principal office of the Court at 200 Kent Street, 2nd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0M1 (telephone: (613) 992-0901 or 1-800-927-5499; fax: (613) 957-9034; website: www.tcc-cci.gc.ca) or at any other local office of the Court specified in notices published by the Court. (greffe)

  • SOR/93-98, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-98, s. 1
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 1
  • SOR/2008-305, s. 1(E)

 These rules shall be liberally construed to secure the just, least expensive and most expeditious determination of every appeal on its merits.

Application

 These rules apply to appeals brought under section 28 of the Act.

Filing a Notice of Appeal

[SOR/2008-305, s. 2]
  •  (1) An appeal by an appellant from a ruling or a decision made by, or a decision on an appeal to, the Minister shall be instituted within the time period set out in subsection 28(1) of the Act, which is 90 days after the ruling or decision is communicated to the appellant, or within any longer time that the Court on application made to it within 90 days after the expiration of those 90 days allows.

  • (2) Where a ruling or decision referred to in subsection (1) is communicated by mail, the date of communication is the date it is mailed and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the date of mailing is that date specified on the ruling or decision.

  • (3) An appeal referred to in subsection (1) shall be made in writing and shall set out, in general terms, the reasons for the appeal and the relevant facts, but no special form of pleadings is required.

  • (4) An appeal referred to in subsection (1) shall be instituted by filing a notice of appeal, which may be in the form set out in Schedule 5, using one of the following methods:

    • (a) depositing the notice with the Registry;

    • (b) sending it by mail to the Registry; or

    • (c) sending it by fax or by electronic filing to the Registry.

  • (5) to (8) [Repealed, SOR/2008-305, s. 3]

  • SOR/99-213, s. 1
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 2
  • SOR/2008-305, s. 3

Filing of other Documents

 Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, a document other than a notice of appeal may be filed using one of the following methods:

  • (a) depositing it with the Registry;

  • (b) sending it by mail to the Registry; or

  • (c) sending it by fax or by electronic filing to the Registry.

  • SOR/2007-145, s. 3
  • SOR/2008-305, s. 4

Filing Date

 Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, the date of filing of a document is deemed to be

  • (a) in the case of a document filed with the Registry or sent by mail or by fax, the date shown by the date received stamp placed on the document by the Registry at the time it is received; or

  • (b) in the case of a document filed by electronic filing, the date shown on the acknowledgment of receipt issued by the Court.

  • SOR/2008-305, s. 4

Electronic Filing

  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided in these rules and unless otherwise directed by the Court, when a document is filed by electronic filing, the copy of the document that is printed by the Registry and placed in the Court file is deemed to be the original version of the document.

  • (2) A party who files a document by electronic filing shall, if required by these rules or at the request of a party or the Court, provide a paper copy of the document and file it with the Registry.

  • (3) If the Registry has no record of the receipt of a document, it is deemed not to have been filed, unless the Court directs otherwise.

  • SOR/2008-305, s. 4

Extension of Time

  •  (1) An application for an order extending the time within which an appeal may be instituted may be in the form set out in Schedule 6.

  • (2) An application under subsection (1) shall be made by filing with the Registrar, in the manner provided in section 5.1, three copies of the application accompanied by three copies of the notice of appeal.

  • (3) No application shall be granted under this section to an applicant unless

    • (a) the application is made within 90 days after the expiration of 90 days after the day on which the Minister communicated his or her decision to the applicant; and

    • (b) the applicant demonstrates that

      • (i) within the initial 90-day period specified in paragraph (a), the applicant

        • (A) was unable to act or to instruct another to act in the applicant’s name, or

        • (B) had a good faith intention to appeal,

      • (ii) given the reasons set out in the application and the circumstances of the case, it would be just and equitable to grant the application,

      • (iii) the application was made as soon as circumstances permitted it to be made, and

      • (iv) there are reasonable grounds for appealing the decision.

  • (4) After having given the Minister an opportunity to make representations, the Court shall dispose of the application on the basis of the representations contained in it and any additional information, if any, that the Court may require.

  • (5) The Registrar, on being informed of the decision of the Court in respect of the application, shall inform the applicant and the Minister of the decision.

  • (6) The application pursuant to subsection (1) is deemed to have been filed on the date of its receipt by the Registry, even if the application is not accompanied by the notice of appeal referred to in subsection (2), provided that the notice of appeal is filed within 30 days after that date or within any reasonable time that the Court establishes.

  • SOR/2007-145, s. 4
  • SOR/2014-26, s. 34

Preparation for Appeal

  •  (1) The Registrar shall serve the Minister with a copy of the notice of appeal referred to in section 5 and notice of the Registry in which it was filed or to which it was mailed.

  • (2) The material referred to in subsection (1) may be served personally, and personal service on the Commissioner of Revenue is deemed to be personal service on the Minister, or by mail addressed to the Minister, and if served by mail, the date of service is the date it is mailed and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the date of mailing is that date appearing on the communication from the Registrar accompanying the material.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 7
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 11
  •  (1) The Minister, on receipt of a copy of the notice of appeal referred to in section 7, shall

    • (a) serve a copy of the notice of appeal and notice of the Registry in which it was filed or to which it was mailed on every person to whom a notification was sent pursuant to subsection 27(5) of the Act in respect of the determination or decision that is the subject of the appeal, and

    • (b) serve notice at the Registry in which the notice of appeal was filed or to which it was mailed of the name and address of every person who was served with the material referred to in paragraph (a), and serve at that Registry a copy of

      • (i) the application to the Minister to determine a question made under paragraph 27(1)(a) of the Act, or

      • (ii) the assessment made by the Minister and a copy of the appeal in respect thereof made to the Minister under subsection 27(2) of the Act

    and a copy of the notification given by the Minister under subsection 27(5) of the Act.

  • (2) the material referred to

    • (a) in paragraph (1)(a) may be served personally or by mail, and

    • (b) in paragraph (1)(b) may be served by filing it at the Registry or by mail

    and, if served by mail, the date of service is the date it is mailed and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the date of mailing is that date appearing on the communication from the Minister accompanying the material.

Intervention

  •  (1) A person affected by a decision of the Minister may intervene as a party in an appeal by filing with the Registry a notice of intervention that may be in the form set out in Schedule 9.

  • (2) The notice of intervention shall be filed within 45 days after the day on which the notice of appeal was served on the intervener under section 8.

  • (3) An intervener may state in the notice of intervention that the intervener intends to rely on the reasons set out in the notice of appeal received by the intervener or the reasons set out in the notice of intervention of another intervener.

  • (4) The Registrar shall serve the Minister and the appellant with a copy of any notice of intervention received by the Registrar.

  • (5) The notice of intervention may be served personally, and personal service on the Commissioner of Revenue is deemed to be personal service on the Minister, or by mail addressed to the Minister, and if served by mail, the date of service is the date it is mailed and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the date of mailing is that date appearing on the communication from the Registrar accompanying the notice of intervention.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 7
  • SOR/2007-145, ss. 5, 11
  • SOR/2008-305, s. 5

Consolidation of Appeals

  •  (1) Where there are two or more appeals commenced in accordance with these rules, the Court may, upon application by the Minister or an appellant or by an intervener, direct that the appeals be

    • (a) consolidated on such terms as it may direct,

    • (b) heard at the same time,

    • (c) heard consecutively, or

    • (d) stayed until the determination of any other appeal,

    if there is a common question of law or fact in both or all of the appeals, or it is desirable in the interests of justice.

  • (2) An application referred to in subsection (1) shall be filed in or mailed to the Registry in which the notices of appeal were filed or to which they were mailed and shall be served on the other parties to the appeals.

Consolidation of Interventions

 Where there are two or more notices of intervention served under these rules, the Court may direct that one notice of intervention be filed and served on behalf of all interveners if

  • (a) there is a common question of law or fact in both or all notices of intervention, or

  • (b) it is desirable in the interests of justice.

Reply

  •  (1) The Minister shall reply in writing to every notice of appeal or notice of intervention filed with or mailed to a Registry under subsection 5(4) or 9(1).

  • (2) (a) The Minister shall file the reply at the Registry and serve it on the appellant or intervener, or both, as the case may be, within 60 days from the day on which the notice of appeal or notice of intervention was served on the Minister, or within such longer time as the Court, on application made to it within those 60 days, may allow.

    • (b) The reply shall be filed in the Registry in which the notice of appeal or notice of intervention was filed or to which it was mailed, and it may be served on the appellant or intervener personally or by mail.

    • (b.1) A reply may be filed under paragraph (b) by mailing it to the appropriate Registry described in that paragraph.

    • (c) If the reply is served by mail, the date of service is the date it is mailed and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the date of mailing is that date appearing on the communication from the Minister accompanying the reply.

  • (3) The reply referred to in subsection (1) shall

    • (a) admit or deny the facts alleged in the notice of appeal or notice of intervention, and

    • (b) contain a statement of any further allegations of fact on which the Minister intends to rely.

  • (4) An application for an extension of time under paragraph (2)(a) shall be made by serving at the Registry an application setting out

    • (a) the date on which the notice of appeal or notice of intervention was served on the Minister,

    • (b) the additional time required, and

    • (c) the reasons therefor.

  • (5) The application to extend time may be served by filing it in the Registry in which the notice of appeal or notice of intervention was filed or to which it was mailed, or by sending a letter, telegram, telex or fax to that Registry.

  • (6) If the application to extend time is served by telegram, telex or fax, the date of service is the date that the telegram, telex or fax is transmitted and, if the application is served by mail, the date of service is the date stamped on the envelope at the post office and, if there is more than one such date, the date of service shall be deemed to be the earliest date.

  • (7) The Court shall dispose of the application on the basis of the representations contained in it and such additional information, if any, as the Court may require and after having given the appellant or intervener an opportunity to make representations.

  • (8) The Registrar, on being informed of the decision of the Court in respect of the application, shall inform the Minister and the appellant or intervener.

  • SOR/93-98, s. 2
  • SOR/96-505, s. 1
  • SOR/2014-26, s. 35

Judgment by Consent

 When all parties have consented in writing to a judgment disposing of an appeal in whole or in part and filed it with the Registry, the Court may

  • (a) grant the judgment sought without a hearing;

  • (b) direct a hearing; or

  • (c) direct that written representations be filed.

  • SOR/2008-305, s. 6

Disposition of Appeals

 After the time for filing a reply under subsection 12(1) has expired, the matter shall, unless the Court otherwise directs, be deemed to be ready for hearing.

  •  (1) Where a reply to a notice of appeal has not been served within the 60 days prescribed under paragraph 12(2)(a) or within such longer time as the Court may allow, the appellant may apply on motion to the Court for judgment in respect of the relief sought in the notice of appeal.

  • (2) On the return of the application for judgment the Court may

    • (a) [Repealed, SOR/2007-145, s. 6]

    • (b) direct that the appeal proceed to hearing on the basis that facts alleged in the notice of appeal are presumed to be true,

    • (c) allow the appeal if the facts alleged in the notice of appeal entitle the appellant to the judgment sought, or

    • (d) give such other direction as is just.

  • (3) The presumption in paragraph (2)(b) is a rebuttable presumption.

  • SOR/93-98, s. 3
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 6
  •  (1) An appeal may at any time be withdrawn in whole or in part by the appellant by serving notice in writing on the Registrar and thereupon the appeal is deemed to be dismissed in whole or in part.

  • (2) The Registrar shall forthwith serve any intervener or other person who may be directly affected by a notice of withdrawal served under subsection (1) with a copy of the notice of withdrawal.

 After hearing an appeal, the Court may vacate, confirm or vary a decision on an appeal under section 27 of the Act or an assessment that is the subject of an appeal under section 27.1 of the Act or, in the case of an appeal under section 27.1 of the Act, may refer the matter back to the Minister for reconsideration and reassessment, and shall without delay

  • (a) notify the parties to the appeal in writing of its decision; and

  • (b) give reasons for its decision, but, except where the Court deems it advisable in a particular case to give reasons in writing, the reasons given by it need not be in writing.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 2

Pronouncing and Entering of Judgments

  •  (1) The Court shall dispose of an appeal or an interlocutory or other application that determines in whole or in part any substantive right in dispute between or among the parties by rendering a judgment and shall dispose of any other interlocutory or other application by issuing an order.

  • (2) A judgment shall be dated on the day it is signed and that day is the date of the pronouncement of the judgment.

  • (3) A judgment and the reasons relating to it, if any, shall be deposited with the Registry without delay.

  • SOR/2014-26, s. 36

Discovery

  •  (1) After the time limited for replying under section 12 has expired, the Court may, on application by any party to an appeal, direct

    • (a) any other party to the appeal to make discovery on oath of the documents that are or have been in that party’s possession, control or power relevant to any matter in question between them in the appeal,

    • (b) that the applicant is authorized to examine on oath, for the purposes of discovery, any other party to the appeal, or

    • (c) that there shall be both discovery of documents and examination for discovery.

  • (2) The Court may specify the form of affidavit to be used for the purpose of discovery of documents.

  • (3) The person to be examined for discovery shall be

    • (a) if the other party is an individual, that individual,

    • (b) if the other party is a corporation or any body or group of persons empowered by law to sue or to be sued, either in its own name or in the name of any officer thereof or any other person, any member or officer of such corporation, body or group,

    • (c) if the other party is the Minister, any departmental or other officer of the Crown nominated by the Deputy Attorney General of Canada, or

    • (d) a person who has been agreed upon by the examining party and the party to be examined with the consent of such person.

  • (4) The Court may designate the person before whom the examination for discovery is to be conducted and direct the manner in which it shall be conducted.

  • (5) All evidence given at an examination for discovery shall be recorded by a court reporter.

  • (6) Any party may, at the hearing of an appeal, use in evidence against another party any part of the examination for discovery of that other party, but, on the application of an adverse party, the Court may direct that any other part of the examination, that in the opinion of the Court, is so connected with the part to be used that the last-mentioned part ought not to be used without such other part, be put in evidence by the party seeking to use such examinations.

  • SOR/2008-305, s. 7
  • SOR/2014-26, s. 37

Hearing of Appeals

 The Court may, on application by the Minister or an appellant or by an intervener or of its own motion, fix the date, time and place for the hearing of an appeal.

 When the Court has fixed the date for a hearing, the Registrar shall, no later than 30 days before that date, send by registered mail to all parties, or have served on all parties to the appeal, a notice of hearing.

 The Court may, on application by the Minister or an appellant or by an intervener or of its own motion, adjourn an appeal on such terms as in its opinion the circumstances of the case require.

 The Court, upon the application of a party to an appeal or of its own motion and after giving every party an opportunity to be heard, may, at any stage of the appeal, give directions for the further conduct of the appeal.

 All parties to an appeal may appear in person or may be represented by counsel or an agent.

Subpoena

  •  (1) A party who requires the attendance of a person as a witness at a hearing may serve the person with a subpoena requiring the person to attend the hearing at the time and place stated in the subpoena and the subpoena may also require the person to produce at the hearing the documents or other things in the person’s possession, control or power relating to the matters in question in the appeal that are specified in the subpoena.

  • (2) On the request of a party or of counsel, the Registrar, or some other person authorized by the Chief Justice, shall sign, seal and issue a blank subpoena and the party or counsel may complete the subpoena and insert the names of any number of witnesses.

  • (3) A subpoena shall be served on a witness personally and, at the same time, witness fees and expenses in accordance with subsection (4) shall be paid or tendered to the witness.

  • (4) A witness, other than a witness who appears to give evidence as an expert, is entitled to be paid by the party who arranged for his or her attendance $75 per day, plus reasonable and proper transportation and living expenses.

  • (5) An amount is not payable under subsection (4) in respect of an appellant, a respondent or a person who has intervened under section 9 unless the appellant, respondent or person has been called upon to testify by another party to the appeal.

  • SOR/93-98, s. 4
  • SOR/96-505, s. 2
  • SOR/2004-98, s. 3(E)
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 7

Evidence

  •  (1) A party to an appeal may, prior to the hearing thereof or at any time during the hearing, apply to the Court for a direction permitting all facts or any particular fact or facts to be proved by other than oral evidence and the Court may give such direction as in its opinion the circumstances of the case require.

  • (2) All evidence given at the hearing of an appeal shall be recorded in a manner approved by the Registrar.

  • (3) Any person who swears an affidavit to be used in an appeal may be required to appear before a person appointed by the Court for that purpose to be cross-examined thereon.

  • (4) Where a party intends to call an expert witness at the hearing of an appeal, that party shall, as soon as practicable and not later than 20 days before the date of the hearing of the appeal, serve at the Registry and on every other party a copy of the report signed by that expert containing the expert’s name, address and qualifications and a statement of the substance of that expert’s proposed testimony.

  • (5) A copy of a report by an expert witness shall be served

    • (a) by filing it in the Registry in which the notice of appeal was filed or to which it was mailed or by sending the report by mail or fax to that Registry, and

    • (b) on every other party to an appeal by personal service or by sending the report to that party by mail or fax

    and, if a copy of the report is served by fax, the date of service is the date of the transmission of the fax, or if it is served by mail, the date of service is the date stamped on the envelope at the post office and, if there is more than one such date, the date of service shall be deemed to be the earliest date.

  • (6) A party who has failed to comply with subsection (4) is not permitted to call an expert witness without leave of the Court.

  • (7) Subsections (4) and (6) do not apply to evidence in rebuttal.

  • (8) The Court may, with the consent of all parties, receive in evidence at the hearing of the appeal a report served under subsection (4) without requiring the expert to attend and give oral evidence.

  • (9) Where it is impracticable or inconvenient for an expert witness to attend at the hearing of an appeal, the party intending to call the witness may, with leave of the Court or the consent of the parties, examine the witness under oath prior to the hearing of the appeal before a court reporter appointed by the Registrar for the purpose of having the evidence of that expert available for use at the hearing of the appeal.

  • (10) An expert witness who is examined under subsection (9) may be examined, cross-examined by a party adverse in interest, or re-examined in the same manner as a witness at the hearing of an appeal and, if any dispute arises during the course of the examination, any party to the appeal may make application to the Court to resolve the dispute.

  • (11) Where the evidence of an expert witness has been taken under subsections (9) and (10), that witness shall not be called to give evidence at the hearing of the appeal, except with leave of the Court or unless the Court requires the attendance of that witness at the hearing of the appeal.

  • SOR/2008-305, s. 8

Service of Documents

  •  (1) Unless otherwise provided in these rules, service of any document provided for in these rules shall be effected by personal service or by mail or by fax addressed

    • (a) in the case of the Court or the Registrar, to a Registry,

    • (b) in the case of the Minister, to the Commissioner of Revenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L8,

    • (c) in the case of the appellant or any intervener

      • (i) to the address of the appellant or intervener for service as set out in the notice of appeal or notice of intervention, or

      • (ii) where no address for service is set out in the notice of appeal or notice of intervention, to the postal or other address set out in the notice of appeal, notice of intervention or any written communication made by that person to the Court or Registrar, and

    • (d) in the case of any other person, to the address set out in the latest written communication made by that person to the Court or Registrar.

  • (2) Any party to an appeal who wishes to change address for service shall

    • (a) serve notice in writing of the change at the Registry to which the notice of appeal was sent, and

    • (b) serve a copy of the notice on all other parties,

    which address shall thereafter be that party’s address for service.

  • (3) Where service is effected by fax, the date of service is the date that the fax is transmitted and, if service is effected by mail, the date of service shall be deemed to be the date stamped on the envelope at the post office and, if there is more than one such date, the date of service shall be deemed to be the earliest date.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 7
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 11

Calculating Time

  •  (1) For the purpose of calculating a time limit established under these rules, the period beginning on December 21 in any year and ending on January 7 of the next year shall be excluded.

  • (2) Where the time limited for the doing of a thing under these rules expires or falls on a holiday or a Saturday, the thing may be done on the day next following that is not a holiday or Saturday.

  • SOR/93-98, s. 5

General

 Subject to any order that the Court, in special circumstances, may make restricting access to a particular file by persons other than the parties to a matter before the Court, any person may, subject to appropriate supervision and when the facilities of the Court permit without interfering with the ordinary work of the Court,

  • (a) inspect any Court file relating to a matter before the Court; and

  • (b) on payment of $0.40 per page, obtain a photocopy of any document on a Court file.

  • SOR/95-115, s. 1
  •  (1) Failure to comply with these rules shall not render any proceedings void unless the Court so directs, but such proceedings may be set aside either in whole or in part as irregular and may be amended or otherwise dealt with in such manner and upon such terms as, in the opinion of the Court, the circumstances of the case require.

  • (2) Where a person makes an application to set aside a proceeding for irregularity, the objections intended to be put forward shall be stated clearly in the application.

  • (3) The Court may, where and as necessary in the interests of justice, dispense with compliance with any rule at any time.

  • (4) Where matters are not provided for in these rules, the practice shall be determined by the Court, either on a motion for directions or after the event if no such motion has been made.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 4

Contempt of Court

  •  (1) A person is guilty of contempt of court who

    • (a) at a hearing of the Court fails to maintain a respectful attitude, remain silent or refrain from showing approval or disapproval of the proceeding;

    • (b) wilfully disobeys a process or order of the Court;

    • (c) acts in such a way as to interfere with the orderly administration of justice or to impair the authority or dignity of the Court;

    • (d) is an officer of the Court and fails to perform his or her duties;

    • (e) is a sheriff or bailiff and does not execute a writ forthwith or does not make a return thereof; or

    • (f) contrary to these rules and without lawful excuse,

      • (i) refuses or neglects to obey a subpoena or to attend at the time and place appointed for his or her examination for discovery,

      • (ii) refuses to be sworn or to affirm or to answer any question put to him or her,

      • (iii) refuses or neglects to produce or permit to be inspected any document or other property, or

      • (iv) refuses or neglects to answer interrogatories or to make discovery of documents.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (6), before a person may be found in contempt of court, the person alleged to be in contempt shall be served with an order, made on the motion of a person who has an interest in the proceeding or at the Court’s own initiative, requiring the person alleged to be in contempt

    • (a) to appear before a judge at a time and place stipulated in the order;

    • (b) to be prepared to hear proof of the act with which the person is charged, which shall be described in the order with sufficient particularity to enable the person to know the nature of the case against the person; and

    • (c) to be prepared to present any defence that the person may have.

  • (3) A motion for an order under subsection (2) may be made ex parte.

  • (4) An order may be made under subsection (2) if the Court is satisfied that there is a prima facie case that contempt has been committed.

  • (5) An order under subsection (2) shall be personally served, together with any supporting documents, unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

  • (6) In a case of urgency, a person may be found in contempt of court for an act committed in the presence of a judge in the exercise of his or her functions and condemned at once, provided that the person has first been called on to justify his or her behaviour.

  • (7) A finding of contempt shall be based on proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • (8) A person alleged to be in contempt may not be compelled to testify.

  • (9) Where the Court considers it necessary, it may request the assistance of the Attorney General of Canada or any other person in relation to any proceedings for contempt.

  • (10) Where a person is found to be in contempt, a judge may order, in addition to any other order made in respect of the proceedings, any or all of the following:

    • (a) that the person be imprisoned for a period of less than two years;

    • (b) that the person pay a fine;

    • (c) that the person do or refrain from doing any act;

    • (d) that the person’s property be sequestered; and

    • (e) that the person pay costs.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 5

Costs in Vexatious Proceedings

 Where a judge has made an order under section 19.1 of the Tax Court of Canada Act, costs may be awarded against the person in respect of whom the order has been made.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 5

SCHEDULE 5(Section 5)Form of Notice of Appeal

IN THE TAX COURT OF CANADA

In re the Canada Pension Plan

BETWEEN:

Appellant,

and

The Minister of National Revenue,

Respondent.

NOTICE OF APPEAL

Notice of appeal is hereby given by (here insert name and full postal address of Appellant) blank line

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Applies to a ruling on request under para. 26.1(1)(d) or (e) C.P.P.
  • (i) 
    the ruling regarding a contribution, made by the Respondent on a request made to the Respondent on the (here insert the date the request for a ruling was made to the Respondent) blank line day of blank line to rule on the question (here describe question ruled on by Respondent) blank line
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    which the Respondent ruled (here describe ruling made) blank line

    • blank line
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    and that ruling was communicated to the Appellant on the (here insert the date of mailing of the ruling) blank line day of blank line

Applies to a decision made under s. 27.3 C.P.P.
  • the decision on a question, regarding a contribution, made by the Respondent on the Respondent’s own initiative, namely, whether (here describe question determined by Respondent) blank line
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    • which the Respondent decided by stating that (here describe decision made) blank line
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    • and that decision was communicated to the Appellant on the (here insert the date of mailing of the decision) blank line day of blank line
Applies to a decision on appeal under s. 27.1 C.P.P.
  • the decision of the Respondent on an appeal to the Respondent for the reconsideration of an assessment made on the (here insert the date of the appeal for reconsideration of the assessment) blank line day of blank line whereby (here describe assessment that was appealed for reconsideration) blank line
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    • and the decision of the Respondent on the reconsideration was that (here insert the decision made on the reconsideration of the assessment) blank line
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    • which decision was communicated to the Appellant on the (here insert the date of mailing of the decision) blank line day of blank line
  • A Statement of Facts

    (Here set out in consecutively numbered paragraphs a statement of the allegations of fact.)

  • B The Reasons which the Appellant Intends to Submit

    (Here set out the reasons on which the Appellant intends to rely.)

  • C Address for Service

    (Here set out the address for service of documents:Footnote (*)

    • (a) name and address of Appellant’s counsel, if any, or

    • (b) name and address of Appellant’s agent, if any.)

Dated at (city, town or village), this blank line day of blank line 20blank line

  • Return to footnote (*)If the Appellant is not represented by counsel or an agent, the address given at the commencement of the notice of appeal shall be the Appellant’s address for service.

  • SOR/99-213, s. 2
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 8

SCHEDULE 6(Section 6)Application for Extension of Time Within Which an Appeal May Be Instituted

TAX COURT OF CANADA

In re the Canada Pension Plan

BETWEEN:

(name)

Applicant,

and

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN,

Respondent.

APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME WITHIN WHICH AN APPEAL MAY BE INSTITUTED

I HEREBY apply for an order extending the time within which an appeal may be instituted (identify the date the decision to the Minister was communicated to the applicant).

(Here set out the reasons why the appeal to the Court was not instituted before the expiration of 90 days after the day the decision was communicated and any other relevant reasons in support of the application.)Footnote *

Date:
TO:

The Registrar

Tax Court of Canada

200 Kent Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0M1

or

Any other office of the Registry.

(Set out name, address for service and telephone number of applicant, applicant’s counsel or applicant’s agent)
  • Return to footnote (*)NOTE that three copies of this application accompanied by three copies of a notice of appeal must be filed with the Registrar of the Tax Court of Canada in the same manner as appeals are filed under section 5.1.

  • SOR/2007-145, s. 9
  • SOR/2014-26, s. 38

SCHEDULE 9(Section 9)Form of Notice of Intervention

IN THE TAX COURT OF CANADA

In re the Canada Pension Plan

BETWEEN:

Appellant,

and

the Minister of National Revenue,

Respondent.

Notice of Intervention

Notice of intervention is hereby given by (here insert name and full postal address of Intervener) blank line

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blank line on the appeal of (here insert name of Appellant) blank line made on the (here insert the date of the notice of appeal) blank line day of blank line

  • A Statement of FactsFootnote (*)

    (Admit or deny the facts alleged in the notice of appeal and set out in consecutively numbered paragraphs a statement of such further facts upon which the Intervener intends to rely.)

  • B The Reasons which the Intervener Intends to SubmitFootnote (*)

    (Here set out the reasons on which the Intervener intends to rely.)

  • C Address for Service

    (Here set out the address for service of documents:Footnote (**)

    • (a) name and address of Intervener’s counsel, if any, or

    • (b) name and address of Intervener’s agent, if any.)

Dated at (city, town or village), this blank line day of blank line 20blank line

  • Return to footnote (*)Attention is directed to subsection 9(3) of these rules, which permits Interveners, instead of setting forth a statement of facts and reasons, to rely on the statements of facts and reasons pleaded in the notice of appeal or any other intervention.

  • Return to footnote (**)If the Intervener is not represented by a counsel or an agent, the address given at the commencement of the notice of intervention shall be the Intervener’s address for service.

  • SOR/2004-98, s. 6
  • SOR/2007-145, s. 10
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