Ontario Youth Segregation Class Action
August 26, 2022
October 14, 2021
October 14, 2021
Settlement Approval Hearing
October 7, 2021
Deadline for Submitting an
Objection or Statement of Support
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A settlement with the Province of Ontario has been approved in a class action concerning young persons who, while under the age of 18, were incarcerated in provincial youth custody facilities and subjected to periods of secure isolation exceeding six (6) hours between April 1, 2004 and December 17, 2018.
The class action applies to persons who, while under the age of 18, were placed in secure isolation for more than 6 hours between April 1, 2004 and December 17, 2018 at the following Ontario Youth detention facilities:
The Settlement does not include (i) individuals who were segregated by reason of lock-down at a youth detention facility; or (ii) the routine locking of youth in their rooms as authorized by statute.
Excluded from the Settlement are persons who previously and validly opted out of this Action in writing; or, who previously settled a claim against the Province of Ontario or executed a release in favour of the Province of Ontario in relation to any matters that are the subject of this Action.
The lawsuit alleged that between April 1, 2004 and December 17, 2018, the Province of Ontario owed a duty to supervise, among other things, and failed to adequately ensure the safety, well-being, and protection of Class Members at the Youth Justice Facilities. The Province denies these claims and a Court has not decided whether the Class or the Province is right. Instead, both sides have agreed to settle.
A Settlement Agreement was approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on October 14, 2021.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement and other related documentation is available by clicking here.
Submitting a Claim
The period to make a claim for compensation under the Settlement has begun and will run until August 26, 2022.
The only way to receive money from the Settlement is to submit a completed Claim Form and all supporting documentation to the Claims Administrator no later than August 26, 2022.
Click here for more information about how to file a Claim.
If you do nothing and do not submit a Claim, you will not receive any money from the Settlement Agreement. If you qualify as a Class Member, you are bound by the Settlement Agreement. This means you will no longer have the right to sue the Province of Ontario or any party released by the approved settlement for the kinds of things alleged in the class action.