March 2020 - Filing of all documents by email

Out of concern for the health and safety of visitors and employees in light of COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Canada Building is closed to all visitors. However, the Court remains open for case-related matters, including filing of documents at the Registry.

To assist parties in filing their documents within their respective timelines as set out in the Supreme Court Act and the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, documents may be filed by email, whether originating or otherwise. The original paper copies shall be filed subsequently within a reasonable time.

The requirements for filing an electronic document, which are set out in the Guidelines for Preparing Documents to be Filed with the Supreme Court of Canada, continue to apply, with any modifications necessary in light of this directive.

The provisions of Rule 77 are extended to judgments and reasons for judgment. They will be deemed to be signed if they bear a facsimile of the judge’s signature.

These measures will be in effect until further notice.

For further information, please contact the Registry at 613-996-8666 or toll free at 1-844-365-9662, or by email at

Roger Bilodeau, Q.C.

March 2020