Suing a Contractor


Thinking of Suing a Contractor in Ontario?

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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

The short answer is that it depends. The Consumer Protection Act, 2002 provides that services supplied must be of a reasonably acceptable quality. What exactly constitutes a “reasonably acceptable quality” is for a judge to decide. Generally speaking, if your contractor has not done work to code or the work is clearly deficient, you may sue for damages.

Small Claims Court in Ontario can help you recover money or property from a Defendant, up to a limit of $35,000.

This means that if you want to sue someone for more than $35,000, you will have to bring your claim in Superior Court not Small Claims Court.

A common situation that clients come to us with is where they have hired a contractor and the contractor has done some work, but now the relationship has deteriorated (perhaps the work was done poorly or perhaps it is taking much longer than initially quoted). The home owner decides to stop paying the contractor and to use someone else, and now the contractor says that they will place a construction lien on their property.

A construction lien is serious and effectively prevents you from selling your property or refinancing it. If a contractor has threatened to put a lien on your property, you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer immediately to discuss your options. You can reach us at (647) 360-7147.

Generally speaking, the limitation period (the amount of time you have to start a lawsuit) is 2 years from the date that you knew or ought to have known that you have a cause of action (a reason to sue) against a contractor.

If you wait longer than that, you run the risk of being “statute barred”, meaning your case will be thrown out.

Now You Can Sleep Soundly,

Knowing You Are in Strong, Capable Hands

How are you coping with the stress of all this? Are you spending your time and energy worrying about what your next steps should be? Are you finding yourself distracted and unable to enjoy time with your family? When dealing with legal problems, it’s common for people to feel overwhelmed. The good news is, you don’t have to feel that way anymore.

If you’ve made it to this website you’ve obviously realized that you need legal help with your situation and are looking for ways to solve it. Congratulations, you’ve made it to the right place. If you need a lawyer to sue a contractor, we are some of the toughest in Ontario and are ready to fight for you.

Our firm has represented hundreds of individuals and businesses across Ontario and is well respected by judges and lawyers alike.

In fact, in 2020, Powell Litigation was voted the Best Law Firm in the Toronto Star Readers’ Choice Awards.

We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and over 40 Five-Star Reviews on Google. To speak with a top lawyer today, call us at (647) 360-7147.




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– Khesrau Ahmadi, Toronto

We hired Powell Litigation to help us with a condo dispute. Weston was absolutely fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable, eager, and trustworthy. He helped us to understand the legal nuances of our case and our options moving forward. We recommend Powell Litigation in the strongest possible terms and will trust him with our business going forward!

– Lesley Thornton-Cronin, Toronto

If You Are Tired of Injustice,

You Have Come to the Right Place

You know the injustice we’re talking about. Someone has wronged you. It could be in any number of ways. Maybe they owe you money. Maybe they’ve told lies about you and hurt your reputation. Maybe they didn’t keep their promise to you and left you high and dry. You can just picture their smug face asking, “What are you going to do about it?”

Well, you can start by getting all the advice you need to make an informed decision. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are offering safe and easy consultations by way of telephone or video conference. Yes, you read that right. You can speak with a construction lawyer and have all of your questions answered from the safety, comfort, and convenience of your own home.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of people who need the help of a construction lawyer at the moment. Our office has been flooded with calls and we will not be able to extend this offer for very long. To have a simple and easy consultation with a construction lawyer, call us right now at (647) 360-7147.

What can you expect during your consultation? Well, our lawyers are some of the most sought after legal talent in Ontario, so we have to start every consultation with a conflict check. We need to make sure that your adversary has not already reached out to us. If they have, we will have to promptly end the call.

Once we have run the conflict check, we will listen intently to your story, answer all of your questions, and then give you strategic legal advice tailored to your specific situation. We will treat you the same way we would treat our families if they got in legal trouble: with straightforward, no-nonsense advice given in the simplest terms possible. Call us right now for your simple and easy consultation at (647) 360-7147.


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