Settlement Reached in Huronia Class Action Lawsuit
Residents Can Apply for Compensation
A settlement agreement approved by the court today will give former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre who suffered harm while living at the facility access to compensation.
The $35 million agreement was approved in Superior Court as the result of a class action lawsuit brought against Ontario by former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia. Class members can apply for compensation through an independent claims administrator.
If money is left over after class members have been compensated and legal fees have been paid, Ontario will invest up to $5 million in programs to help people with developmental disabilities.
Premier Wynne will deliver a formal apology to former Huronia residents in the Legislature on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
- The settlement will provide compensation to those people who were residents of Huronia between 1945-2009 and suffered harm. Huronia provided supports, services and residential care to people with developmental disabilities until it closed in 2009.
- Former residents of Huronia can receive a copy of their personal resident files at no charge by calling 1-855-376-9886 or by visiting the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.
- Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability are receiving residential supports in Ontario communities, with thousands more receiving other supports, services and funding that help them live, work and participate in community life.
- Today, December 3, is the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“Today’s ruling marks a significant milestone in this important case. My hope is that former residents of Huronia will now be able to move forward with dignity.”
“Ontario closed the doors to its last remaining facilities for people with developmental disabilities in 2009. Today, our vision for developmental services is a program that supports people with a developmental disability to live as independently as possible and to be more fully included in all aspects of society.”