A "cost award" is an extra sum of money that the winning party receives from the losing party to pay for some or all of the winner's legal fees, expenses and/or inconvenience at the end of a motion or at the end of a trial.
In Ontario's Small Claims Court, there are many rules that determine the size of such awards. Judges rely upon the Small Claims Court Rules and the Courts of Justice Act to determine an appropriate amount.
The calculator on this page may be used to determine an estimate of the maximum cost award that might be ordered to the winning party at the end of a motion or a trial in Small Claims Court.
If you're not familiar with how Ontario's Small Claims Court works, we recommend first watching the Youtube videos located on this page.