If I slip and fall, is it true that I have 2 years from the date of accident to sue?

Technically, there’s the same two-year statute of limitations for lawsuits regardless of whether you fall on public or private property, but if you fall on municipally-owned property (such as a sidewalk) in Ontario there is a catch. You have to notify the municipality within 10 calendar days of the date of the accident or else you may not be permitted to sue. This alerts the municipality to the problem so it can be repaired if necessary and prevents others from injuring themselves.

Failure to give the municipality notice within 10 days doesn’t mean you can’t sue if there’s a reasonable reason for the delay, but the municipalities enforce the 10-day notice period more stringently when a slip and fall is caused by ice or snow. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious and require compensation you should contact the municipality in writing, just in case you experience complications with your injuries months later.

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