Ontario and counsel for the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that includes 12 former residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities have reached an agreement. Read the news release from April 27, 2016.

The nearly $36 million settlement will be used to provide compensation to former residents who suffered harm while living at the following facilities during these time periods:  

  • Adult Occupational Centre (Edgar) - January 1, 1966 to March 31, 1999
  • Bluewater Centre (Goderich) - April 1, 1976 to December 20, 1983
  • D'Arcy Place (Cobourg) - September 1, 1963 to December 31, 1996
  • Durham Centre for the Developmentally Handicapped (Whitby) - April 1, 1974 to September 28, 1986
  • L.S. Penrose Centre (Kingston) - April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1977
  • Midwestern Regional Centre (Palmerston) - September 1, 1963 to March 31, 1998
  • Muskoka Centre (Gravenhurst) - August 28, 1973 to June 30, 1993
  • Northwestern Regional Centre (Thunder Bay) - April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1994
  • Oxford Regional Centre (Woodstock) - April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1996 or in the “Mental Retardation (MR) Unit” - January 1, 1969 to March 31, 1974
  • Pine Ridge Centre (Aurora) - September 1, 1963 to August 31, 1984
  • Prince Edward Heights (Picton) - January 1, 1971 to December 31, 1999
  • St. Lawrence Regional Centre (Brockville) - April 1, 1975 to June 30, 1983

Applying for compensation

If you are a former resident of one of the 12 former residential facilities who is receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program:

  • As a term of the settlement, any compensation you may receive will not affect your eligibility for or the amount of assistance you receive from either of these programs.
  • However, you will still have to let your caseworker know if you receive any compensation under the settlement.

Under the settlement, class members had until February 28, 2017, to apply for compensation through the independent claims administrator: This deadline has been extend to April 28, 2017 to allow class members more time to make claims.

Crawford Class Action Services
Toll Free: 1-866-442-4465
TTY: 1-877-627-7027
Fax: 1-888-842-1332
Email: schedule1facilities@crawco.ca

If you have questions about applying for compensation, you may also contact the lawyers for the class, Koskie Minsky, at:

Access to personal resident files

Former residents of the 12 former facilities or their families who want to access their personal resident files can request them from the Ministry of Community and Social Services at no cost.

Please note that the settlement allows you to apply for compensation without a personal resident file. However, if you want your resident file to apply for compensation, the ministry recommends that you ask for your file as soon as possible.

Under the settlement agreement, class members must request their files by September 27, 2016, to receive them before the deadline to apply for compensation (April 28, 2017).

Requests received after September 27, 2016, will be processed, but the ministry cannot guarantee that class members who make late requests will receive their files before the deadline to apply for compensation.

To request a file, please contact:

Access and Privacy Office
Ministry of Community and Social Services
PO Box 978
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto ON M7A 1N3
Toll free: 1-855-376-9886