Family Support Orders and Agreements Garnishment Regulations
SOR/88-181FAMILY ORDERS AND AGREEMENTS ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE ACT
Regulations Respecting the Garnishment of Federal Moneys to Satisfy Support Orders and Support Provisions
P.C. 1988-473 1988-03-17Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice, pursuant to section 61 of the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance ActFootnote *, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Regulations respecting the garnishment of federal moneys to satisfy support orders and support provisions, effective on the day Part II of the said Act comes into force.
Return to footnote *S.C. 1986, c. 5Short Title
1 These Regulations may be cited as the Family Support Orders and Agreements Garnishment Regulations.
2 In these Regulations, Act means the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act. (Loi)
Designation for the Purposes of the Definition “Garnishable Moneys”
3 The following Acts and their provisions and programs are designated for the purposes of the definition garnishable moneys in subsection 23(1) of the Act:
(a) sections 164 and 216 of the Income Tax Act as they relate to the personal return of income of the taxpayer for a particular taxation year, excluding subsection 164(1.4) of that Act when it applies with respect to an amount payable pursuant to provincial income tax legislation that specifically excludes that amount from garnishment for the purposes of the Act;
(a.1) section 253 of the Excise Tax Act as it relates to the rebate payable to employees and partners;
(b) [Repealed, SOR/2014-101, s. 1]
(b.1) section 7 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act as it relates to grants and contributions payable under the Skills Link program, the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant program or the Apprenticeship Completion Grant program;
(b.2) the Wage Earner Protection Program Act, excluding the provisions relating to fees or expenses paid to a trustee or receiver under subsection 22(2) of that Act;
(c) the Employment Insurance Act, excluding the provisions relating to benefits paid on behalf of a beneficiary to a province or municipality;
(d) the Canada Pension Plan, excluding the provisions relating to a benefit paid to a child of a disabled contributor under paragraph 44(1)(e) of that Act or to an orphan of a deceased contributor under paragraph 44(1)(f) of that Act and the provisions relating to amounts deducted from a benefit and paid to the government of a province in accordance with subsection 65(2) of that Act;
(e) sections 3, 11, 19 and 21 of the Old Age Security Act, excluding the provisions relating to amounts deducted from a benefit and paid to the government of a province in accordance with subsection 36(2) of that Act; and
(f) section 7 of the Department of Social Development Act as it relates to grants and contributions payable under the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program.
(g) [Repealed, SOR/2011-189, s. 1]
SOR/89-278, s. 1;
SOR/89-417, s. 1;
SOR/91-300, s. 1;
SOR/93-414, s. 1;
SOR/94-725, s. 1;
SOR/94-759, s. 1;
SOR/96-11, s. 1;
SOR/97-179, s. 1;
SOR/2002-278, s. 3;
SOR/2006-296, s. 1;
SOR/2008-74, s. 1;
SOR/2011-189, s. 1;
2013, c. 40, s. 236;
SOR/2014-101, s. 1.
Order of Priority for Garnishment
4 (1) Where two or more garnishable moneys become payable under any Acts, or any provisions thereof or programs thereunder, referred to in any provisions of section 3 on the same day to the same judgment debtor, those moneys shall be garnisheed according to the order in which those provisions are set out in section 3.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to moneys that are already being garnisheed when additional garnishable moneys become payable to the judgment debtor and the moneys that are already being garnisheed shall continue to be garnisheed in priority to any other garnishable moneys.
SOR/89-417, s. 2.
5 For the purpose of paragraph 28(c) of the Act, an application to garnishee shall be in the form set out in Schedule 1.
SOR/97-179, s. 2;
SOR/2013-104, s. 3;
SOR/2014-101, s. 2.
Period During Which Her Majesty Is Not Bound
6 (1) Subject to subsection (2), for the purposes of section 29 of the Act, the prescribed period during which a garnishee summons does not bind Her Majesty is the period beginning on the day of service of the documents referred to in section 28 of the Act and ending 35 days after that day.
(2) [Repealed, SOR/2014-101, s. 3]
SOR/89-278, s. 2;
SOR/2006-296, s. 2;
SOR/2014-101, s. 3.
Service of Documents
7 (1) For the purposes of sections 33 and 34 of the Act, service of documents on the Minister shall be effected, either in accordance with the law of the province of the court that issued the garnishee summons or by registered mail, at
The Department of Justice,
Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Unit,
(2) Service of documents by a provincial enforcement service may also be effected by the means of electronic communication that has been agreed on by it and the Department of Justice.
SOR/89-417, s. 3(E);
SOR/97-179, s. 3;
SOR/2011-189, s. 2.
Time Limit for Response to Garnishee Summons
8 For the purpose of section 41 of the Act, the prescribed time within which the Minister shall respond to a garnishee summons on behalf of Her Majesty is 20 days after the date of service of the documents referred to in section 28 of the Act.
Notice to Judgment Debtor
9 For the purpose of section 45 of the Act, a notice from the Minister to the judgment debtor named in a garnishee summons shall be in the form set out in Schedule 2 and shall be sent, within 20 days after the date of service of the documents referred to in section 28 of the Act on the Minister, to each address of the judgment debtor that is provided in the application to garnishee referred to in section 5.
SOR/97-179, s. 4;
SOR/2013-104, s. 4;
SOR/2014-101, s. 4.
10 A judgment debtor named in a garnishee summons served on the Minister shall pay a total fee of $190 for a five-year period in respect of the processing of the garnishee summons, payable in instalments of $38 per year.
SOR/94-187, s. 1;
SOR/99-115, s. 1.
Recovery of Fees
11 A fee in respect of the processing of a garnishee summons shall be recovered only by deduction or set-off against any garnishable moneys payable to the judgement debtor named in the garnishee summons and any instalment that is not recovered in the year in which it is payable shall be carried forward and recoverable in any subsequent year of the period referred to in section 10.
SOR/94-187, s. 1.
Remission of Fees
12 Where Her Majesty, at any time, ceases to be bound by a garnishee summons, any amount of the fee in respect of the processing of the garnishee summons that remains payable by the judgement debtor at that time is hereby remitted.
SOR/94-187, s. 1.
SCHEDULE 1 / ANNEXE 1(Section 5) / (article 5)
SOR/97-179, s. 6;
SOR/2013-104, s. 5.
SCHEDULE 2(Section 9)
Notice to Debtor
Take notice that on the Government of Canada was served with a garnishee summons. This summons was served by the following court or a provincial or territorial entity:
Department of Justice Reference Number:
Effective on , the summons indicates that you owe the following amounts for family support:
Arrears owing $ as of the summons issue date of .
Periodic payments of $ as of .
Any moneys that are payable to you by the Government of Canada under Acts, funds or programs designated in the regulations made under the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act may be diverted to pay the judgment creditor named in the summons.
If you have questions about the amount of money due or if you wish to dispute the garnishee summons, please contact the issuing court or the provincial or territorial entity.
After sufficient moneys are diverted to pay the judgment creditor, an administrative fee will be deducted from moneys payable to you. This fee is $190, payable in five yearly instalments of $38.
The diversion of funds and the payment of the administrative fee are authorized by the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act.
Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Unit
Department of Justice
SOR/97-179, s. 6;
SOR/2002-278, s. 4;
SOR/2013-104, s. 5.