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Province Settles Institution Lawsuit

September 9, 2016

The province of Ontario has settled a lawsuit that involved people that used to live at 12 former institutions during certain dates (see details below). This is a similar lawsuit to the ones in 2014 involving Huronia Regional Centre, Southwestern Regional Centre and Rideau Regional Centre.

This new lawsuit involves compensating people for harm they may have suffered as a result of living at one of the 12 institutions listed in this package. People may be entitled to compensation depending on their status and application that they submit to the government. Compensation could range from less than $2000 to a maximum of $42000.

People who are included in this lawsuit may choose to apply for compensation or choose not to apply; the choice is theirs.

The application process is now open and the deadline to submit an application is February 28, 2017. One application must be filled out for each institution in which the person applying lived. Compensation can only be received if an application is submitted by the deadline.

The 12 institutions and corresponding dates included in this lawsuit are:

St. Lawrence Regional Centre – Between April 1, 1975 to June 30, 1983

D’Arcy Place – Between Sept. 1, 1963 to Dec. 31, 1996

Midwestern Regional Centre – Between Sept. 1, 1963 to March 31, 1998

Durham Centre for the Developmentally Handicapped – Between April 1, 1974 to Sept. 28, 1986

Prince Edward Heights – Between Jan. 1, 1971 to Dec. 31, 1999

Bluewater Centre – Between April 1, 1976 to Dec. 20, 1983

L.S. Penrose Centre – Between April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1977

Oxford Regional Centre – Between April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1996 OR in the “Mental Retardation Unit” or “MR Unit” between Jan. 1, 1969 to March 31, 1974

Adult Occupational Centre – Between Jan. 1, 1966 to March 31, 1999

Muskoka Centre – Between Aug. 28, 1973 to June 30, 1993

Northwestern Regional Centre – Between April 1, 1974 to March 31, 1994

Pine Ridge – Between Sept. 1, 1963 to Aug. 31, 1984

Christian Horizons’ employees will work with people we support (and their families), to help them understand the information and application process, and to provide assistance where necessary.

For more detailed information about this class action lawsuit and the claims process, please visit