We are excited about our Small Claims Mediation Initiative, which offers affordable, timely and effective mediation for those parties involved in cases already commenced in the Small Claims Courts in Ontario, or those disputes not yet started in Court — but which otherwise are within the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court .
Consider what the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General has to say about mediation and Small Claims Court:
“Is it possible for you to resolve the issue in another fashion? You may want to consider mediation, which is a less formal method of resolving a dispute through a neutral third party. Mediation can be less time-consuming, more flexible, and less expensive than proceeding in court. It can also help you find your own solution to the dispute and preserve your relationship with the person/business” .
We agree. However, unlike other cases brought in the higher courts, which may be subject to mandatory mediation, or, at least, in which voluntary mediation is the norm, there is no mandatory mediation program or common mediation practice in Small Claims Court .
To address this problem, Raymond Stancer, senior litigator and mediator with Stancer, Gossin, Rose LLP, is heading ADR@SGR’s Small Claims Mediation Initiative. Ray is a trained mediator and a civil litigator with over 50 years of experience. In addition, he is a former Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. While Ray was a judge, he conducted thousands of trials and settlement conferences. There is little he has not encountered in Small Claims disputes. He brings a unique depth of experience and patient peacemaking skills to smaller cases, which can often be more challenging to settle than larger ones.
Ray offers early dates and special fees for cases which qualify for our Small Claims Mediation Initiative: $600.00 plus HST  for up to three hours of mediation time, including one hour of preparation. All mediations take place at our facilities located at Sheppard and Leslie, which are on the subway line and close to the Toronto Small Claims Court. There is no additional charge for use of our facilities .
While parties are encouraged to bring their licensed paralegal, lawyer or articling student representatives to the mediation, self-represented parties are welcome. Please note, as in all cases, our mediators do not provide legal advice.
For more information, contact Ray directly at 416-224-1996 (204) or at .
To book a mediation or to inquire about dates, please contact Laurie Sta. Ana .