We are process service experts ready to serve Ontario as soon as this week. Start your litigation or move it forward with our Ontario process service company, Process Server One, offering three decades of experience as Ontario process servers. Start with a free consultation by filling the forms to the right, or learn more about our Ontario process servers below.
Process Server One started serving legal documents more than 30 years ago. We’ve aided law firms and state and federal agencies, building close relationships with government officials including members of the U.S. Department of State. By continually serving legal documents abroad, we’ve built expertise with foreign process service laws. And today, Process Server One serves in more than 80 countries with rush service available everywhere.
With offices serving major regions around the world, we are well networked throughout every continent. Process Server One has Ontario process servers located in both metropolitan and rural areas. Our Ontario process service company is recommended for their due diligence and staying up to date with 2022’s fastest process service methods.
Our Ontario process servers keep clients up to date through Process Server One’s online portal, which makes it easy to request an update on any assignment in progress. For a small fee, our Ontario process service company will file your Proof of Service with the appropriate court (just ask before we begin). In addition to serving papers, our Ontario process service company gladly helps to track, trace, and locate missing people or businesses as it relates to process service. A skip trace can quickly reveal new information to get your case back in progress.
By tracking legal changes and current events, Process Server One’s Ontario process servers understand the best ways to expedite assignments and beat pressing deadlines. In addition to rush service, we offer to serve your legal paperwork informally (which can save months of time compared to formal service through the Hague Convention).
Note: Process service in Ontario (formal and informal) can vary greatly because customs and traditions lead to delays year-round. If you choose rush service, Process Server One’s private network of Ontario process servers and government officials may be able to minimize slowdowns despite the circumstances. Bring any specific questions to a free consultation with our experts.
What Makes Process Server One a Reliable Ontario Process Service Company?
- Fair and up-front pricing on every assignment. Every time. Without hidden fees
- Service methods accepted by all courts worldwide
- Licensed and registered international process servers with decades of experience
- Rush service available to beat deadlines, serving over 80 nations globally since 1986
Details on International Service of Process in Canada
The Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters has been enforced since May 1, 1989. In Canada, like the United States of America, the national government shares authority with the local government; however, in Canada, each province is not considered sovereign despite having its own process service rules and designated Central Authority.
Canada has a national Central Authority, like all member states of the Hague Service Convention. Each provincial and territorial government in Canada also has its own Central Authority for Hague-related purposes. United States attorneys should not attempt to serve legal papers in Canada the same way they are served in the United States. Proper procedures must be followed to satisfy the requirements of both nations, including language translation in some areas. Legal documents in English typically do not require translation in Canada unless they are to be served in Quebec.
Canada allows service of process by mail or post under Article 10a; however, a signed receipt must be included (required under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4). A successful serve using this method depends on the proper observance of both local rules and Hague Convention rules. Canada does not object to service by judicial officers, officials, or other competent persons under Articles 10b and 10c.
Here’s How Our Ontario Process Service Company Works
Many countries are signatories to The Hague Service Convention (treaty) that governs service of process to be effected between participating nations; Canada is one of them. Service may be made by formal service through the Central Authority which itself arranges for service by methods prescribed in the particular Province. Although CANADA is a signer of the Hague Service Convention, it is common to use the informal method of service. The time frame for formal service can range from 1 to 3 months (recently 1 1/2 months).
Advantage: Enforceable judgment.
Disadvantage: The time frame is generally longer than the informal method.
Private process servers may serve documents in most countries, whether a signer of the Hague Service Convention or not. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States. Service in Canada is very efficient and similar to the time frames within the United States. Since we pay the process server a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually reduced. Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 1 week.
Advantage: The time frame is shorter than the formal method.
Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in Canada.
Letters Rogatory is used for obtaining evidence or serving pleadings in countries that are not signers of the Hague Service Convention. They are a request from a court in the United States to a court in a foreign country requesting international judicial assistance related to service of process. This method is time-consuming, cumbersome, and should be used only when other options are not available. The use of this method may result in habitual time delays of up to 1 year in the execution of requests. This method should only be used if no treaty is in force or if you are serving a Subpoena.
The official language in Ontario, Canada is English. As such, no translations of documents is required.
Service of process*
Formal: $695.00 + $150.00 Bailiff’s fee
Informal: $395.00 (+ $150.00 USD Bailiff’s fee)
International Rush Delivery: Call to request price details.
*All fees are per defendant/address
Translation: Not Required
Notary: not available in all countries. Inquire for cost and details.
Copies: billed at local rates per page. Inquire for cost and details.
Special Messenger (Fed Ex, DHL, etc.): Billed at local rates if needed or requested.