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Parties in civil litigation are subject to certain mandatory fees payable to the registry of the court in which the action is commenced. Each jurisdiction within Canada has enacted legislation or regulations which authorize such fees. These fees are usually payable upon filing documents such as statements of claim, statements of defence or counterclaims, or upon bringing interlocutory applications or setting matters down for trial. Additionally, some jurisdictions charge parties for courtroom use.
The following table provides a brief overview of some of the fees associated with civil actions in the superior trial courts of each Canadian province or territory. Each jurisdiction has numerous other fees that may be payable depending on the nature of the action and the relief sought; this table merely provides an overview of the basic fees:
 
Province / Territory
B.C.
Alta.
Sask.
Man.
Ont.
Que.
Nfld.
N.S.
P.E.I.
N.B.
Yukon
N.W.T.
Nunvt.
 
S.C.
Q.B.
Q.B.
Q.B.
Sup. Ct. J.
Sup. Ct.
S.C.
S.C.
S.C.
Q.B.
S.C.
S.C.
S.C.
Commence proceeding
$208
$200
$130
$200
$181
$203/248
$60
$215.40
$50
$100
$140
$100
$100
File defence (w/o counterclaim)
26
-
60
35
144
-
-
85.44
25
50
25
-
-
File defence (with counterclaim)
208
 
 
 
181
93/115
 
 
 
 
100
 
 
Interlocutory application
62
-
10
75
127
107/126
30
56.6
25
-
30
35
35
Setting down for trial
208
600
75
500
337
-
60
250.98
-
75
140
100
100
Court room costs per day:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/2 day or less
156
-
-
-
-
n/a
-
-
-
-
75
50
50
1/2 day - 5 days
312
-
15/hour
-
-
n/a
-
-
-
-
150
100
100
6 days - 10 days
416
-
15/hour
-
-
n/a
-
-
-
-
200
100
100
11 days +
624
-
15/hour
-
-
n/a
-
-
-
-
200
100
100
 
Notes
o       The fees indicated above for civil matters that are not family related.
o       All fees are as of May 1, 2007.
o       Many of the fees change on a regular basis.
o       The Quebec figures are based on a "Class III" Application ($10,000 - $99,999).
 
Sources – Court Costs
The following links will guide you to the rules, regulations, or act which authorizes the registrar of each province/ territory to collect fees. In most cases, these documents provide a more comprehensive list of fees that the registrar is authorized to collect.
 
British Columbia:
Alberta
Saskatchewan  
Manitoba  
Ontario
Quebec
  • Courts of Justice Act (R.S.Q., c. T-16, s. 224), Code of Civil Procedure
     (R.S.Q., c. C-25, a. 659.10), Civil Code of Québec (S.Q., 1991, c. 64, a. 376)
Newfoundland and Labrador
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Yukon
North WestTerritories
Nunavut
  • Nunavut adopts the Rule of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, N.W.T. Reg. 010-96
  • "Subject to any rules made by the judges under subsection (1) and subject to this and any other Act, the rules respecting practice and procedure in the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories in force immediately before April 1, 1999 shall be followed, with such modifications as the circumstances require, in all causes and matters in the Nunavut Court of Justice."
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