(cf SCR Part 9, rules 10 and 11; DCR Part 8, rules 5 and 16; LCR Part 7, rules 5 and 16)
(1) If a document that is required or permitted to be served on a person in connection with any proceedings:(a) cannot practicably be served on the person, or(b) cannot practicably be served on the person in the manner provided by law,the court may, by order, direct that, instead of service, such steps be taken as are specified in the order for the purpose of bringing the document to the notice of the person concerned.
(2) An order under this rule may direct that the document be taken to have been served on the person concerned on the happening of a specified event or on the expiry of a specified time.
(3) If steps have been taken, otherwise than under an order under this rule, for the purpose of bringing the document to the notice of the person concerned, the court may, by order, direct that the document be taken to have been served on that person on a date specified in the order.
(3A) An application for an order under this rule must be supported by an affidavit by the applicant that includes:(a) a statement as to the applicant’s knowledge of the whereabouts of the person to be served, and(b) a statement as to any communications that have occurred between the applicant and the person to be served since the cause of action in the proceedings arose (including any communications by telephone, fax or electronic mail).
(4) Service in accordance with this rule is taken to constitute personal service.