New cheques have now been mailed to people who did not deposit their original settlement cheque. The new cheques will be valid for 6 months from the date on the cheque. If you did not deposit your original cheque and you did not get a new one in the mail, please call 1-866-777-6311.
November 6, 2015
The claims period in this action is now over and cheques have been distributed.
June 3, 2015
The claims assessor, Crawford, has advised that it is anticipated that payments will be sent to eligible class members at the end of the summer. However, this date is subject to change as all claims must be reviewed and finalized before payments can be issued from the settlement fund.
February 13, 2015
The Claims Administrator is in the process of reviewing and assessing the significant number of claims submitted through the claims process in the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centre Class Action Settlements. Those assessments will take some time to complete. A further update will be provided in several weeks.
December 11, 2014
The Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, will unveil a commemorative plaque near the former Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls to honour the memory of the centre’s residents. The event has been rescheduled to occur at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, in the Community Hall at the Memorial Community Centre, located at 71 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls.
December 3, 2014
The claims deadline has expired. If you did not submit a claim by November 30, 2014 you will not be eligible to receive compensation. The claims administrator will review all the claims and contact you in writing once they have made a decision about your claim.
November 10, 2014
The plaque unveiling for the Rideau Regional centre will occur on December 17th. The plaque is located in front of the Ontario Provincial Police East Region Headquarters, located at 525 Queen Street, Smiths Falls. More information will be posted closer to the ceremony.
October 31, 2014
The claims deadline is November 30th. Your claim must be submitted by November 30th. If you do not submit a claim by November 30th you will not be eligible to receive compensation.
October 8, 2014
The last site visits to the former Huronia Regional Centre will occur on October 16, 17, 18. This site visit is only for academics, historians, scholars, class members and class members’ supporters. In order to attend, you should contact Koskie Minsky at email@example.com or 1-866-777-6311 to register.
July 21, 2014
The next site visits at Huronia will be Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 5 pm.
July 9, 2014
The claims deadline has been extended until NOVEMBER 30, 2014.
June 25, 2014
The parties attended a case conference with Justice Conway on June 25, 2014. Justice Conway directed that that claims deadline be extended until November 30, 2014. To get money from the settlement, you must submit a claim by November 30, 2014. Justice Conway also directed that if you request a resident file by August 5, 2014, the government must give you that file by October 5, 2014.
June 20, 2014
A workshop will be held on July 9th at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The deadline for claims is August 5, class members must submit a claim by that date to be eligible for compensation. If you wish to read further about the system of points that will be used to assess claims of abuse, please read the Long Form Notice here, or please see the attached chart indicating the allocation of points by clicking here.
April 4, 2014
Former residents can now file claims seeking compensation from the settlement funds. The claims form is available on the Claims Process Materials page of the website or by clicking here.
March 26, 2014
The first site visit to the former Huronia Regional Centre will be held on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.
March 4, 2014
To read a copy of Justice Conway’s reasons approving class counsel’s fees in this action, please click here.
February 20, 2014
To review the settlement and fee approval materials filed by the Plaintiffs for this motion click here.
February 19, 2014
The fee approval hearing on February 25th will take place at 330 University Avenue, Courtroom 5-0, Toronto, Ontario at 10 am.
February 12, 2014
To view the plaintiffs’ factum in support of the motion to approve class counsel’s fees for the Rideau and Southwestern class actions scheduled for February 24th and 25th, please click here.
January 23, 2014
The province of Ontario was ordered to perform several searches of its records to find the addresses of class members.
December 9, 2013
The Premier, Kathleen Wynne, delivered an apology to the former residents of regional centres today at the legislature in Toronto. To view the apology, please click here. To view the PDF version please click here.
December 5, 2013
Justice Conway’s Reasons for approving the settlement dated December 5, 2013 are available here.
The order approving the settlement is available here.
December 4, 2013
The Premier, Kathleen Wynne, will give an apology to the former residents of Huronia on Monday, December 9th at 2 pm. The apology will be given in the legislature in Toronto.
MPP Cheri DiNovo will arrange to have the names of those attending be read aloud and listed in Hansard (the governments record of the event), if residents contact her office in advance. Residents can contact Bhutila Karpoche – at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-325-0244.
The settlement agreement was approved by the court on December 3, 2013. The claims process for money has not started yet. There will be notice when the claims process starts. A further court hearing will be held in Toronto on February 24 to determine how much the lawyers’ fees are.
November 28, 2013
The settlement approval hearing on December 3rd will take place at 330 University Avenue, Courtroom 5-0, Toronto, Ontario at 10 am.
If you are a former resident of Huronia Regional Centre and wish to obtain your personal case files, please contact the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Contact information is listed below. You can send a letter saying what file you want and setting out who you are.
Cate Parker Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Coordinator Ministry of Community and Social Services PO Box 978 77 Wellesley Street West Toronto ON M7A 1N3
November 26, 2013
The plaintiffs’ motion record for settlement approval is available here. The plaintiffs’ factum for settlement approval is available here.
The motion for fee approval will be heard on February 24, 2014. The plaintiffs’ motion record for fee approval is available here.
November 19, 2013
The settlement approval hearing will be proceeding on December 3, starting at 10 am in downtown Toronto. The exact court room will be posted on this website when it is confirmed.
November 14, 2013
If you are a former resident of Huronia Regional Centre and wish to obtain your personal case files, please contact the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Contact information is listed below. You will be asked to complete a brief form which will ensure the personal information in your file can be forwarded to you.
Cate Parker Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Coordinator Ministry of Community and Social Services PO Box 978 77 Wellesley Street West Toronto ON M7A 1N3
November 13, 2013
The Plaintiffs have served a motion seeking a better class member list from the government and seeking further hearing days for the settlement approval motion. This means the hearing currently scheduled for December 3rd may only be used to hear objections to the settlement, more court days in February may be held. All the hearing dates will be posted when they are confirmed by the Court. To read the Notice of Motion click here.
October 23, 2013
The Toronto Public Library will be holding an event on October 23, 2013 entitled Surviving the Huronia Regional Centre.
October 16, 2013
For those individuals or organizations interested in participating in possible funding from the settlement to assist in documenting class member stories, a preliminary funding application is available here. Funding is contingent on several factors detailed in the application form.
October 8, 2013
The proposed settlement of this class action was recently discussed in the Provincial Legislature.
October 4, 2013
The settlement of this class action requires the approval of the Court. The approval hearing will be held on December 3rd in Toronto. Individuals who lived at the Huronia Regional Centre between 1945-2009, and who were alive as of April 21, 2007 are automatically included in the proposed settlement. Class members can attend the settlement hearing to approve the settlement or object to the settlement. Class members do not have to attend. For a more detailed explanation of the settlement and approval hearing process, please consult the long form notice here, or the short form notice here.
October 2, 2013
The hearing to decide whether the settlement in this class action is approved by the court will be heard on December 3 in Toronto. Further details about the location and time of that hearing will be posted on this website when available. To view the order regarding the fairness hearing and the notices that help explain the hearing and class member options, please click here.
September 19, 2013
The Settlement Approval Hearing is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. At that hearing the court will determine if the settlement reached between the parties is fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the class. The claims process will not begin until after the court approves the settlement.
September 17, 2013
This case has settled; there will not be a trial. To read the settlement agreement click here. To read the Summary of Key Settlement Terms click here.
September 6, 2013
The plaintiff has served and filed their written opening argument for trial.
August 20, 2013
For individuals wishing to watch the trial, it will commence on September 16th, and will be held at 330 University Avenue, Courtroom 5, Toronto, Ontario. The court will open at 10am each day from September 16th until mid-December and is open to the public.
June 20, 2013
The trial of the common issues in this action will be starting on September 16th. The trial will be held in Toronto and is generally open to the public.
June 3, 2013
The World this Weekend (CBC), June 2nd, Sunday edition, featured a piece on the Huronia Class Action. The report on the Huronia class action starts at 8.5 minutes into the June 2nd program: http://www.cbc.ca/worldthisweekend/.
May 27, 2013
The parties have exchanged responding expert reports in preparation for trial.
April 2, 2013
The parties have exchanged expert reports in preparation for trial and in accordance with the trial timetable.
February 8, 2013
Master Glustein presided over the Plaintiff’s motion to compel the Defendant to answer refusals made on the examination for discovery of Mr. Brian Low. Master Glustein ordered the Defendant to answer a number of questions that it had previously refused. You can read the Endorsement of Master Glustein here.
December 18, 2012
A motion in this action will be heard by the Court on February 8, 2013. The motion relates to refusals made on examinations for discovery and documentary productions issues. The Plaintiff is seeking an Order from the Court that the Crown answer certain questions and produce further documents.
October 10, 2012
In the process of answering undertakings and written questions for discovery, the Defendant advised that it had located a significant source of further documents to be produced. The production of documents in this action was to have been completed February 29, 2012. The Defendant has already produced over 50,000 documents to date. In a case conference with the Honourable Justice Archibald, the Defendant sought and were granted an extension of time for certain aspects of the previous timetable (from March 7, 2012). The trial of this action is still scheduled for September 2013.
October 1, 2012
This action continues to proceed towards trial scheduled for the Fall of 2013. The Plaintiffs have delivered a Request to Admit to the Defendant asking them to admit certain facts in advance of trial. The Defendant’s responses are due December 1, 2012.
July 6, 2012
The Gristle in The Stew, a radio documentary about Huronia, was recently honoured with a Silver Medal at the New York Awards. Additionally, the documentary has received the following awards: a finalist for the Canadian Association of Journalist awards, winner Community Living Media award, Silver United Nations Department of Public Information Award. To listen to the documentary, click here.
April 25, 2012
The Plaintiffs completed three days of examinations for discovery of the Defendant between April 23-25, 2012. The action continues towards trial which is scheduled for September 2013. Expert reports, requests to admit, answers to questions taken at examinations for discovery are all expected to be completed in the coming months.
March 8, 2012
A revised timetable has been set by the Honourable Justice Archibald that provides for this action to proceed to trial September 30, 2013. The next step in this proceeding is for the Plaintiff to complete the examinations for discovery of the Defendant, which are set to be completed by May 15, 2012.
February 24, 2012
The Plaintiffs completed the first 4 days of examinations for discovery of the Defendant. A further 5 days of examinations are tentatively scheduled for April 2012.
February 7, 2012
Oral discoveries (examinations) of a representative of the Defendant will take place February 21-24, 2012.
December 23, 2011
The Defendant delivered another set of documents as part of its ongoing obligations. The Defendant has now produced over 50,000 documents. Examinations for discovery of the Defendant are scheduled to take place in mid-February 2012.
December 2, 2011
The Defendant delivered what is believed to be the last set of documents for the Plaintiffs’ review, bringing the total number of documents delivered to approximately 48,000. Examinations for discovery of the Defendant is scheduled to take place in mid-February 2013.
November 25, 2011
CBC Radio Airs Documentary on the Huronia Regional Centre Class Action
A documentary entitled “The Gristle in the Stew” about the Huronia Regional Center class action was posted on CBC Radio’s website November 25, 2011. The documentary will air November 27, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. on The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio One across Canada, on Sirius Satellite radio 159 across North America and via the web at http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/.
November 17, 2011
A trial date has been set for this action for a period of 10 weeks beginning September 30, 2013.
November 9, 2011
The Defendant delivered its 5th set of documentary productions, which the Plaintiffs are reviewing. The Defendant has now produced over 32,500 documents in this action.
October 14, 2011
The parties reached an agreement with respect to the redactions in the first two sets of documents produced by the Defendant, which averted the Plaintiffs’ motion which was scheduled for October 5, 2011. The Defendant has produced un-redacted copies of most of the documents it previously redacted. The Defendant has also produced its 3rd and 4th sets of documents, which are being reviewed by the Plaintiffs.
August 29, 2011
As a result of concern for the aging class member population, the Plaintiffs filed a motion to fix a trial date at the earliest practical opportunity. The Plaintiffs believe that the increasing age of the class members warrants a speedy pursuit to trial. While no date is set for the motion it is expected to be heard shortly.
August 8, 2011
The Defendant produced its second set of documents (approximately 4,000 documents). The Plaintiffs have noted similar redactions in the documents provided as with the documents provided previously. The Plaintiffs intend on pursuing such redactions in the motion noted below.
August 5, 2011
After receiving the first set of documents from the Defendant (approximately 2000 documents) it was apparent to the Plaintiffs that the Defendant redacted (blacked out) information on a number of documents they produced. Such information redacted included names of ministerial employees and potential witnesses, information relating to assaults on residents, admissions information, and in other cases extensive portions of a document were redacted such that the Plaintiffs could not know what information was being withheld. It is the Plaintiffs’ position that the Defendant inappropriately redacted such documents. The Plaintiffs are concerned that further production from the Defendant will include similar redactions. Accordingly, the Plaintiffs filed a motion today seeking the removal of such redactions from the documents already produced and those the Defendant has yet to produce. While no date is set for the motion it is expected to be heard shortly.
June 9, 2011
Despite the previous timetable which required the Defendant to deliver its documents by mid June 2011, the Defendant sought an extension of that time from the court. The Honourable Madame Justice Horkins provided the Defendant with an additional 6 months, until November 30, 2011 to provide their documents.
March 14, 2011
Pursuant to the Order of the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity, direct mailings of the Notice of Certification were mailed to the list of known class members provided by the Defendant at the end of January 2011. Class members have until June 30, 2011 to opt out if they do not want to be part of the class action.
January 31, 2011
The Defendant served its Statement of Defence.
December 9, 2010
Notice to the class regarding the certification of this action as a class proceeding was published in various newspapers the weekend of December 11-12th. Should class members not want to be part of the class action they have until June 30, 2011 to “opt out” by completing an Opt Out Coupon and forwarding it to the Administrator at:
Huronia Class Action
c/o Crawford Class Action Services
3-505, 133 Weber St. N
Waterloo, On N2J 3G9.
You can obtain a copy of the Notice and the Opt Out Coupon by visiting the Administrator’s website at www.huroniaclassaction.com or accessing the “Documents” link to the right of this page.
November 30, 2010
At a case conference held this day, the Honourable Madame Justice Horkins ordered a timetable for the remaining steps leading up to the trial of the common issues. In particular, the Defendant is required to deliver their Statement of Defence and a list of all known class members, for the purposes of delivering notice to the class, by January 31, 2011. The exchange of documents is to occur by June 2011 and examinations for discovery by the end of November 2011. No date has been set for the trial of the common issues, but it is expected that a date will be set for some time in 2012.
November 8, 2010
The Honourable Madame Justice Herman denies leave to the Defendant to appeal the certification decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity. Accordingly, the certification of this action as a class proceeding stands and will not be appealed further. The next step in this action is to provide notice to the class in accordance with the Certification Order, then the production of documents, examinations for discovery and other steps leading up to a common issues trial.
October 12, 2010
The Honourable Madame Justice Herman presided over the Defendant’s motion for leave to appeal the certification order of the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity dated July 30, 2010 to the Divisional Court. The Honourable Justice Herman reserved her decision, which is expected in the coming weeks. Such decision will determine whether the Defendant will be permitted to appeal the certification order to the Divisional Court, at which point a formal appeal of the issues before the Divisional Court will be scheduled.
August 9, 2010
The Defendant is seeking leave to appeal the certification decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity dated July 30, 2010. The Defendant’s motion for leave to appeal is to be heard on October 12, 2010.
July 30, 2010
The Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity released his Reasons for Decision certifying this action as a class proceeding. They can be accessed through the “Documents” link to the right of this page.
July 28, 2010
The Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity provided an oral ruling today certifying this action as a class proceeding with written reasons to follow. Written reasons are expected within a week.
July 14, 2010
Due to unforeseen events, the court has required a rescheduling of the Plaintiffs’ motion originally scheduled for July 15, 2010. The motion will now be heard on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
May 11, 2010
The Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity established a timetable for the return of the certification motion so that the Plaintiffs may address the issues raised by the court in its April 19, 2010 reasons and to seek to expand the class to the years prior to 1961 and after 1979. The motion is scheduled to be heard on July 15, 2010.
April 27, 2010
A case conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2010 with the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity to discuss the scheduling of the hearing of the remaining issues noted by the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity in his reasons dated April 19, 2010, which granted conditional certification to this class action.
April 19, 2010
The Honourable Justice Cullity’s reasons for decision in regards to the Plaintiffs’ certification motion, which was heard on March 2-4, 2010, were released today. The Honourable Justice Cullity held that the action met virtually all of the requirements for a class proceeding, especially for the years 1961 to 1979. The court held that if the class action is to cover the time period before 1961 or after 1979, the Plaintiffs must file further evidence covering those time periods. The court also held that the Plaintiff must file an amended litigation plan to deal with the issues arising from the vulnerability of the class members in this case. A date will be set for these matters to be addressed in court. In all other respects, the case met the test for certification under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992. A copy of the court’s decision can be found in the “Documents” link below.
March 4, 2010
On March 2, 2010 the Plaintiffs began their submissions as to why this action should be certified as a class proceeding. Arguments by the Plaintiffs to this effect and from the Defendant in opposition were heard by the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice beginning on March 2, 2010 for three days ending on March 4, 2010. A decision by the court is under reserve but is expected shortly.
January 25, 2010
The Plaintiffs’ delivered their factum in support of certification.
November 24, 2009
The Defendants completed their cross examinations of the Plaintiffs’ witnesses. The next step in this proceeding is the delivery of facta prior to the hearing of the certification motion March 2-4, 2010.
November 18, 2009
The Defendants commenced cross-examinations of the Plaintiffs’ witnesses on their affidavits sworn in support of certification of this action as a class proceeding. The Defendants advised that they will not be filing any evidence in response to the Plaintiffs’ materials filed in support of certification of this action as a class proceeding.
August 15, 2009
The plaintiffs’ served their materials in support of certification of this class proceedings. The defendants’ materials in response are expected by the end of October 2010. The certification motion is scheduled for March 2-4, 2010.
July 2, 2009
The Class Proceedings Fund approves the Plaintiff’s application and grants funding to this class action.
May 24, 2009
A case conference was held before the Honourable Mr. Justice Cullity, at which time a timetable for the return of the certification motion was set. The certification motion is now scheduled to be heard March 2-4, 2010.
April 21, 2009
The Statement of Claim was issued. The next step in the action will be the motion for certification. A date for the motion will be set shortly.
For further information concerning this action, please write to us at Koskie Minsky LLP, c/o Huronia Regional Centre, 20 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3R3, e-mail us at email@example.com or contact our Toll Free hotline at 1-866-777-6311.