What is the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP)?

The Family Maintenance Enforcement Program (FMEP) is a service of the Ministry of Attorney General. The FMEP is responsible under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act for monitoring and enforcing all support orders and agreements that are filed with the program.

That means the FMEP will:

  • Calculate arrears, record and forward payments to the person receiving support (called the recipient), and
  • Take action, if and when necessary, to try to ensure the person who is supposed to pay support (called the payor) makes the required payments

The fact that an order is enrolled with the FMEP does not automatically mean that the payor has a poor payment history. Even in cases where a payor has been making all payments on time, some people decide to enrol with the FMEP simply because it's easier to have the FMEP keep a record of their support payments.

More information

For more information about the program, please visit the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program website.