File bankruptcy court documents online
Learn how to file court documents online for a bankruptcy court case.
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You can file most court documents online in a bankruptcy court case using Bankruptcy Submissions Online.
When you file documents in a bankruptcy case, you should work with a lawyer or an insolvency professional, such as a trustee in bankruptcy. They know what documents you must file at every step in a case, and the court processes you must follow set out in the:
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules
- Rules of Civil Procedure
- Notices or Practice Directions
A lawyer can provide advice on:
- your options and legal risks
- the evidence you should provide to the court for your case
- the consequences of failing to provide the required information or follow court procedure
Find a lawyer
If you don't have a lawyer, you can find one through:
- Law Society of Ontario’s referral service
- Pro Bono Ontario, if you can’t afford a lawyer and don’t qualify for legal aid
Submitting documents online
You can submit most court documents for filing and issuance through the Bankruptcy Submissions Online portal in the Justice Service Online platform.
You cannot submit documents online through Bankruptcy Submissions Online if you:
- are requesting an urgent hearing
- have a court date that is five business days away or less
- need to meet a deadline established by legislation or other court rules, court practice direction or a court order that is five business days away or less
How to file online
Before you submit
Before you submit documents online, make sure you have:
- an online ONe-key account
- all your court documents completed and saved as individual PDFs or in Word (.docx) format (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 (or higher) installed on your computer to complete these forms in PDF format)
- your Visa, Mastercard, or Interac debit card, if filing fees apply
- your court file number ready if you are filing documents for an existing case
You need to pay the required filing fees to file court documents online or at a court counter.
Submitting your documents
Once you start an online session, your session will expire if you’re inactive for 15 minutes. Your information will not be saved.
If you submit your document(s) through Bankruptcy Submissions Online on a weekday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (excluding holidays) it will be considered received for submission at that time.
If you submit your document(s) outside regular business hours, it will be considered received for submission on the next business day.
Submitting documents and personal information
- Bankruptcy court documents are public documents. The public can view the information you provide whether you file in person or online. Learn more about access to court files
- Be careful when entering personal information online, where people can see and/or capture it on camera. Don’t open an online account or enter your password in public and shield any forms you are filling out.
- Once you file a document, online or at a courthouse, you cannot change it. You or your lawyer may need to take legal steps to make any changes or corrections.
- Once you’ve submitted your document(s), you cannot view it online. Keep copies of the documents for your records.
After you submit
After you submit your document(s) through Bankruptcy Submissions Online:
- You will receive an onscreen confirmation that your documents were submitted but are not yet filed or issued by the court.
- Take a screenshot or print a copy of this screen for your records.
- Court staff will review your documents within five business days to determine if they are accepted for filing or issuance.
If your documents are accepted
If your documents are accepted, you will receive an email confirming the court filed or issued your documents. If the court issued your document, you will receive an email from the court with your issued document attached to the email.
If you do not receive this email, contact the courthouse where you started your case.
If your documents are rejected
If your documents are rejected, you will receive an email stating:
- your documents have not been filed or issued
- the reason(s) for the rejection
- that any filing fee payment will be refunded
If your documents are rejected, you can:
- address the reason(s) for the rejection
- resubmit the revised documents and the proper court filing fee to the court
If you have questions about your case, please contact the court office where you submitted or filed your documents.