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Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public









J.D., 2012, University of Toronto

B.A. (Hons) 2008, University of Toronto

Cizan represents clients in a variety of civil and family proceedings. 

Cizan has worked on cases before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Federal Court, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Cizan practices in a broad range of areas, including:


​Call or email Cizan today to schedule an initial free, no-obligation consultation.  


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Cizan's Articles

June 11, 2017

CASE SUMMARY: G&P Procleaners and General Contractors Inc. (ONCA 2017)

Businesses need to be aware of the types of claims excluded under their commercial general liability insurance policy.  In G & P Procleaners and General Contractors Inc. v. Gore Mutual Insurance Company,[1] the Court of Appeal for Ontario provides a useful summary of the principles of interpreting exclusion clauses in commercial general liability insurance p...

June 11, 2017

In Saadati, the Supreme Court of Canada held that it is not necessary, in order to support a finding of legally compensable mental injury, for a claimant to adduce expert evidence or other proof of a recognized psychiatric illness.

February 23, 2017

Individuals who are unrepresented by a lawyer, either by choice or due to financial constraints, face special challenges navigating the legal system.  These litigants also present challenges to lawyers, judges, and other court officials who engage with them.  This is particularly true in family law litigation, where an increasing number of parties appear without a lawyer.

February 21, 2017

What child support obligations do step-parents have to their step-children? Can a person, not the biological parent of a child, who assumes a parental role to a partner’s child, abandon that role after the breakdown of the relationship?

Statutory law

In Ontario, child support can be requested either through an application brought under the Divorce Act, which applies to divorces, or an application brought under the Family law Ac...

February 13, 2017

...in most cases, it would not be appropriate to bring a variation application before the payor has experienced the change in their "condition, means, needs or other circumstances." This holding is in line with other cases, which have generally held that the proper time to decide the appropriate amount of spousal support is after the income had changed and all the relevant factors can be put before the decision maker...

February 13, 2017

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal highlights the dangers in missing deadlines stipulated in Agreements of Purchase and Sale.[1]

The Facts

On January 10, 2014, Invecom Associates Limited (“Invecom”) entered into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale (the “Agreement”) with 2260693 Ontario Inc. and two other numbered companies (collectively the “Vendors”) to acquire three properties in Waterloo, Ontario.

Invecom had p...

January 29, 2017

UPDATE 3: 7:46 PM Jan 29, 2017

Important developments today:

  • John F. Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement which states that green card holders who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, or Libya, would be allowed re-entry into the U.S.

  • Canada's immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, has been assured by the White House that Canadian residents can enter the U....

January 19, 2017

Who is liable for damages caused by a dog bite or attack when the dog is being walked?

Under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act[1] (the “Act” or the “DOLA”), the owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal. However, DOLA defines “owner” as including “a person who possesses or harbours the dog and, where the owner is a minor, the person responsible for the custo...

January 5, 2017

In December 2016, the Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), announced significant changes to the procedure for sponsoring parents and grandparents to come to Canada as permanent Residents.

Under the new procedure, those wanting to bring their parents or grandparents to Canada will now have 30 days to fill out an online form to indicate their interest. IRCC will then randomly choose 10,000...

December 14, 2016

The Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced significant changes to how parent and grandparent sponsorship applications will be submitted.

In recent years, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has limited the number of parent and grandparent applications it would accept in a given year.  This has led to a rush every January to submit applications by courier or mail in orde...

December 12, 2016

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal emphasizes the grave consequences of failing to comply with court orders in the course of family litigation.

Under Rule 1(8) of the Family Law Rules,[1] if a party fails to obey an order, the court may deal with the failure by making any order that it considers necessary for the just determination of the matter, including, in certain circumstances, striking the pleadings, includi...

December 12, 2016

In Carter v. Intact Insurance Co.,[1] the Ontario Court of Appeal dealt with a dispute between the insured and the insurance company on whether the insured was entitled, under the insurance policy, to the cost of replacing their damaged property with one that was not of like kind and quality.

December 10, 2016

On December 7, the Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced significant changes to the spousal sponsorship process:

  • Starting from December 2016, most spousal sponsorships inside and outside Canada will now be processed in 12 months.  

  • IRCC plans to admit 64,000 spouses and dependents in 2017, this is increased from the average of 47,000 over the last decade.

  • The application...

September 6, 2016

If an individual paying child support intentionally reduces their income, the court may impute a higher level of income to them unless the individual can establish that the reduction in income was reasonable.  Child support payment amounts will then be determined based on this higher imputed income, rather than the actual income.

Under s.19 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines, the court may impute an amount of income to a s...

August 23, 2016

Complex or contentious family law litigation can result in substantial legal costs. When can a successful party expect compensation from the unsuccessful party for the costs it incurred?

At the conclusion of a trial or a motion, the presiding judge will determine costs based on principles and rules laid out in the Family Law Rules and in previous decisions of other judges. The effect of the Family Law Rules is to circ...

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