NEW DEADLINE: Schedule 1 Class Action Claims, Clegg v. Ontario

April 28, 2017 is the new deadline to ask for money from the settlement of the Schedule 1 lawsuit.

Please read below for information about the lawsuit and making a claim. 

 

What is the lawsuit about?

The lawsuit is about 12 Schedule 1 facilities or institutions where many people with disabilities were neglected and abused. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places. You may be able to get money from the settlement of the lawsuit if you send in a claim form by April 28, 2017.  

What are Schedule 1 institutions?

Many people with disabilities lived at Schedule 1 institutions.  The law about these places was called the Developmental Services Act.  The names of these places were written in a part of that law called Schedule 1. 

The Developmental Services Act has now been replaced by a new law. This new law is called the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act.

There were many Schedule 1 institutions, but only 12 of them are in the Clegg v. Ontario settlement. If you lived at one of these 12 institutions, you may be able to ask for money from the settlement. 

Which institutions are in the settlement?

Please read below for a list of institutions that are in the settlement. If you lived somewhere on the list, check the dates beside the name of the place where you lived.  If you lived there between those dates, then you may be able to get money from the settlement.

St. Lawrence Regional Centre in Brockville between April 1, 1975 and June 30, 1983

D’Arcy Place in Cobourg between September 1, 1963 and December 31, 1996

Adult Occupational Centre in Edgar between January 1, 1966 and March 31, 1999

Pine Ridge in Aurora between September 1, 1963 and August 31, 1984

Muskoka Centre in Gravenhurst between August 28, 1973 and June 30, 1993

Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1996 or in the “Mental Retardation Unit” or “MR Unit” of the Oxford Mental Health Centre between January 1, 1969 and March 31, 1974

Midwestern Regional Centre in Palmerston between September 1, 1963 and March 31, 1998

L.S. Penrose Centre in Kingston between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1977

Bluewater Centre in Goderich between April 1, 1976 and December 20, 1983

Durham Centre for Developmentally Handicapped in Whitby between April 1, 1974 and September 28, 1986

Prince Edward Heights in Picton between January 1, 1971 and December 31, 1999

Northwestern Regional Centre in Thunder Bay between April 1, 1974 and March 31, 1994

How do I ask for money from the settlement?

You need to fill in a Claim Form. You must send the Claim Form to the claims office by April 28, 2017.  If you do not send it on time, you will not get any money from the settlement.  

Please read below for information on where to get a Claim Form.

When you are filling out the Claim Form, take the time you need to remember and write what happened and to get any papers that help your claim. 

I lived at more than one place on the list. Can I get more money?

You need to fill out a separate Claim Form for each place where you lived. You may be able to get money for each of those places.

Where can I get a Claim Form? You can get a Claim Form from this website: https://kmlaw.ca/cases/schedule-1-institutions/#claims-forms

The website has different claim forms for each of the 12 institutions. You should use the form with the name of the place where you lived. 

Where can I get legal help with my claim?

Some community legal clinics are helping people to make claims.  ARCH can tell you if the community legal clinic in your area can help.   If not, ARCH can help you.

ARCH can also help if you are not sure if you lived at a place on the list, or if you are not sure you are part of the settlement.

You can call Yedida at ARCH by:

- Phone:     1-866-482-2724

- TTY:         1-866-482-2728

What else can help with my claim?

You can do several things to help your claim:

  • You can ask family, friends, doctors, counsellors and support people or anyone else to write letters about how you are still hurting from what happened during your time at a place on the list of institutions.

  • Did other people see bad things happen to you at one of these places?  You can ask them to write what they remember. 

  • You should ask for your file from when you lived at a place on the list of institutions. There is information about how to do this at the end of this page. There is also a sample letter at the end of this page that you can use to ask for your file. Your file may have important information that can help with your claim. You do not need to pay for your file.  Ask for your file right away.  If you are asking after September 27, 2016, you might get the file after the deadline to send in your claim. You have to send in your claim by April 28, 2017, even if you do not have your file by then. 

Will I lose government services or social assistance if I get settlement money?

You will not lose government services or social assistance if you get settlement money. This settlement is separate from Ontario government services in the community, group homes, or in your own home.  It does not affect developmental services, supports or funding from the Ontario government.  It does not affect Ontario Disability Support Program money, called ODSP, or Ontario Works money, called OW.

Where can I get more information about the settlement and making a claim?

You can read the short form notice and long form notice for more information. 

You can find the short form notice at https://goo.gl/hHJpWL 

You can find the long form notice at https://goo.gl/NkoYFF

You can also read the settlement agreement. You can find the settlement agreement on the Koskie Minsky website at https://goo.gl/adXoAJ 

You can access a video about the claims process at http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/node/1135

And you can call Yedida at ARCH.

You might remember painful things when you fill in your Claim Form. You might become angry, sad, scared or upset. Take the time you need to write everything you want to say. Make sure you are in a safe place when you do this. It may help to ask someone you trust to stay with you.

You will not get in trouble for telling what happened. You did not do anything wrong. No one has the right to hurt or abuse you.

 

Some people talk about a chart that is part of the settlement. What is this chart?

The settlement lists three levels of abuse.  The chart shows how many points the claims office might give for each level of abuse. Level 3 claims get the highest number of points. The more points a claim gets, the more money the claimant will get. If you want to read the chart, you can find it on page 23 of the settlement. You can find the settlement agreement on the Koskie Minsky website at https://goo.gl/adXoAJ

The note under the chart says that if the claims office decides that there is more than one level of abuse in your claim form, only the highest level will count. It is very important to write as much as possible in your claim form about all levels of abuse that happened to you.  The claims office might not give money for some of the things you write in your claim form. So if level 1 or 2 abuse happened to you but you only write about level 3 abuse, and the claims office decides not to give you money for level 3, then you might get nothing.  If you write about all the levels of abuse that happened to you, then even if the claims office decides not to give you money for some of the levels you write about, you may still get money for the other levels.  

After you send in your claim form, you cannot argue with the claims office if they send you less money than you thought you should get.  The only time you can argue is if the claims office decides to send you no money at all. So you should write as much as possible in your claim form about all abuse that happened to you.

If you have questions about the chart or the levels of abuse or what you should write in your claim form, you can call ARCH for help. ARCH’s phone number is: 1-866-482-2724.

How do I ask for my file?

You can ask for your file by sending a letter to Cate Parker, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Coordinator. You can send your letter by email or regular mail, with a photocopy of a piece of your ID that shows your photo. This could be your:  

Health Card                                                    Passport

Driver's license                                               Status card

Ontario photo card                                          Canadian citizenship card

If you do not have photo ID, you can send copies of two pieces of other ID instead.  You can also contact Cate Parker for help.

At the end of this article is a sample letter to Cate Parker. You can fill in the lines with your information and send it to her. You can also email her at:

Email: cate.parker@ontario.ca

 

SAMPLE LETTER TO ASK FOR YOUR FILES 

Day___________ and Month______________, 2016

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

Dear Ms Parker:

I lived at one or more of the institutions listed below.  I want all my files and any of my information from when I lived there. I need the files for the Schedule 1 settlement:

St. Lawrence Regional Centre 

D’Arcy Place

Adult Occupational Centre 

Pine Ridge 

Muskoka Centre 

Oxford Regional Centre  or Oxford Mental Health Centre 

Midwestern Regional Centre 

L.S. Penrose Centre 

Bluewater Centre 

Durham Centre for Developmentally Handicapped 

Prince Edward Heights 

Northwestern Regional Centre 

My first name is ______________________________________________. 

My last name is ______________________________________________. 

Please send the information to this address:

Street and number_____________________________________________

Apartment number if there is one ___________________________________

City or town ____________________________________________________

Province __________________________________

Country __________________________________

Postal Code _______________________________

If you need to call me, please use this number:  

Area code  and phone or TTY number_________________________________ 

Thank you.

Sign your name here:_______________________________________________