Small Claims

The Small Claims Court is a simple process allowing individuals and businesses to commence an action for an amount of up to $25,000.

Your neighbour damaged your property when emptying his pool and you want him to pay for the repairs? You sold products to a restaurant and the restaurant refuses to pay because they were delivered late? Your contractor does not reimburse you for materials he did not use? The Small Claims Court handles any claim or action for the payment of money or the recovery of property where the amount claimed does not exceed $25,000.

The Centre can help you understand the rules and procedures of the Small Claims Court if you intend to sue an individual or a business for the payment of money, to obtain a remedy for harm caused, or to recover property that belongs to you.

For more information

The Ontario Legal Information Centre

The Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to any Ontario resident or any person faced with a legal issue in Ontario.

The Centre’s services are confidential and offered in person or by telephone, in French and in English. There are no admissibility criteria. A person can visit the Centre more than one time depending on their needs.

In person

85 Albert Street, Suite 1400, Ottawa (Ontario) K1P 6A4

By telephone

1-844-343-7462 | 613-842-7462

Days A.M. P.M. By phone appointment only
Monday Closed 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Tuesday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Thursday 9 am to 12 pm 1 pm to 4 pm Closed
Friday 9 am to 12 pm Closed Closed
The staff has no control over waiting times. To maximize your chances of meeting a lawyer, it is strongly recommended to arrive at least one hour prior to closing time, both at lunchtime and at the end of the day.