Ontario: contract repudiation and the commencement of time


The Court of Appeal decision in Hurst v. Hancock is a reminder that in a claim arising from anticipatory breach or repudiation of a contract, the limitation period may not commence until performance is due.  There can no be no claim until there is a cause of action, and there will be no cause of action until claimant accepts the breach, or affirms the contract and performance is due.