This document has been updated on October 24th, 2017 and reflects the state of the Law, including draft amendments, at that date.


Probate Fees

In Ontario, a deceased’s estate has to pay probate fees on the gross value of the deceased’s property. The fees are equal to $5 per $1,000 for the first $50,000 plus $15 per additional $1,000. With certain exceptions, an Estate Information Return must be filed with the Ministry of Finance within 90 days following the issuance of the Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee.

The probate fees in New Brunswick are equal to $25 per $5,000 for the first $20,000 plus $5 per additional $1,000 of gross value.

Individuals should consult a tax specialist to evaluate the probate fees applicable to their estate or try to reduce or eliminate them.

Quebec does not levy probate fees. However, non-notarized wills must be authenticated by the Superior Court of Quebec. Nominal fees apply.