Lawsuit settlement involving former Brockville center

Former residents of the St. Lawrence Regional Center in Brockville, Ont., seen here, will likely receive compensation after the Ontario government reached a tentative settlement on a class action lawsuit. The suit still needs to be approved by the court. (Photo/MCSS)

BROCKVILLE – The Ontario government says it’s reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit involving a dozen former residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

The $36 million settlement includes the former St. Lawrence Regional Center in Brockville.

The lawsuit is for compensation for residents, who claimed they suffered harm while living at the facilities.

In the case of the St. Lawrence Regional Center, it abuse is said to have happened between April 1975 and June 1983.

The institution, which had a resident population of 99 in 1975 and operated as an extension of the Brockville Psychiatric Center, closed in 1984, according to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the court.

“This tentative agreement is a step to address a painful chapter of our province’s history. It is my hope that a settlement in this matter will help former residents who suffered harm move forward with dignity,” Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur said.

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