Settlement Reached in Developmental Facilities Class Action
Former Residents Will be Able to Apply for Compensation
The Superior Court of Justice has approved a $36 million settlement agreement that will provide compensation to individuals who suffered harm while living at 12 former developmental services facilities between the 1960s and 1990s.
The 12 former developmental services facilities, and the specific time periods to which the agreement applies, are:
- 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 Unit" - January 1, 1969 to March 31, 1974
- Pine Ridge (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.
The 12 facilities closed between 1977 and 1999 in accordance with a government decision to close institutions and move adults with developmental disabilities to homes in the community with appropriate supports and services.
The settlement is the result of a class action lawsuit brought against Ontario by former residents of these facilities. The claims administrator, Crawford Class Action Services, will inform class members (eligible former residents) about the claims process to apply for compensation.
- Former residents of the 12 developmental facilities can receive a copy of their personal resident files at no charge by emailing AccessandPrivacyOffice.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-855-376-9886. Class members (eligible former residents) will have four months after the court’s approval of the settlement to request their files.
- Ontario funds a range of developmental services and programs that support adults with developmental disabilities and their families. For example, the province provides residential supports to about 18,000 adults and helps about 19,000 adults participate in their communities through the Passport program.
- In 2014, the Ontario government invested $810 million over three years to support the transformation and modernization of developmental services.
“I’m glad that we were able to reach a fair settlement in this matter. These individuals were harmed in a place that was intended to provide them with care, and while we cannot change the past, it is my hope that this settlement will help these individuals – and their families – to heal.”
“We’re building a more inclusive Ontario, where people with developmental disabilities can live as independently as possible in their communities. That's why our government closed the province's last remaining facilities and transitioned to community supports and services – a key step in our ongoing transformation of developmental services.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek