Govt of Canada shares legislative proposals to address issues of legislative time limits & deadlines
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Ottawa, May 19, (Canadian-Media): Access to justice and effective functioning of our justice and court system is fundamental to a just and fair Canadian society due to challenges created by COVID-19 pandemic on many fronts, both for individual Canadians and businesses, media reports said.
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“A fair and accessible justice system is a fundamental pillar of our democratic society. There are unprecedented times, and we are committed to ensuring that the decisions the Government takes protect Canadians’ rights and access to justice,”said David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
Recognizing that the individual Canadians and businesses fail to meet deadlines and time periods set by law, the Government of Canada has published on May 19 draft legislative proposals, to address these important issues.
The draft legislative proposals are available online for 10 days and interested stakeholders are welcome to share their comments.
The draft legislative proposals would suspend certain time limits and enable federal ministers to extend or suspend other time limits included in federal legislation to enable Canadians and Canadian businesses to meet regulatory time limits and deadlines found in federal legislation.
Examples of these are key deadlines found in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and in regulations made under the Canada Labour Code, during these exceptional times.
The draft legislative proposals would also protect Canadians’ rights and access to justice in the context of civil legal proceedings before the courts, by ensuring that individuals are not prevented from asserting their rights for having missed a time limit or deadline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The draft legislative proposals also include provisions to ensure that temporary extensions or suspensions cannot be made after September 30, 2020, and could be retroactive to March 13, 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic officially began.