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 at the end of a lawsuit.
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 below 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 Trial in Small Claims Court.
If you're not familiar with Ontario's Small Claims Court, we recommend watching the Youtube videos located on this page.
Disclaimer: Please note that this calculator is not intended as legal advice. The calculator assumes that the case proceeded to the end of a Trial, and is not intended to calculate costs of motions, assessment hearings or upon settlement.