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Fee Waivers

Introduction

Usually you must pay fees when you use the courts or file court forms. These fees help pay for court services. If you cannot afford to pay court or enforcement fees, you may ask for a Fee Waiver. If you get a fee waiver, you don't have to pay most court fees.

  • You can ask for a Fee Waiver for most fees in civil and small claims court proceedings, and for family law cases.
  • If your main source of household income is one of the following, you will automatically qualify for a Fee Waiver:
    • Ontario Works.
    • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
    • Child Tax Benefit allowance.
    • Old Age Security Pension together with the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
    • War Veterans Allowance.
    • Canada Pension Plan benefits.
  • If your household income and assets are low, you may also automatically qualify for a Fee Waiver.
  • If you don't automatically qualify, you will have to explain to the court why you can't afford to pay your court fees.
  • You can ask for a Fee Waiver at any time, including before you file your first court form.
  • If you qualify automatically, you can ask for a fee waiver using a form called Fee Waiver Request to Registrar, Clerk or Sheriff.
  • If you don't qualify automatically, you can ask for special consideration using the form called Fee Waiver Request to Court.

Learn more

  1. Decide if you need a fee waiver.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about how to request a fee waiver.
  3. Follow the Steps for instructions on requesting a fee waiver.
  4. Review the Resources to find new and in-depth legal information about your problem.
  5. See the Links for news and other helpful websites.

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DisclaimerLast updated 07/30/2009