Court approves settlement for 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 was approved Monday, April 25, 2016 by the court. (Photo/MCSS)

BROCKVILLE – A judge has approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving a dozen former residential facilities for people with developmental disabilities, including one in Brockville.

An Ontario Super Court Justice approved the $36 million settlement Monday, which includes the former St. Lawrence Regional Center in Brockville.

The compensation is for residents, who 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.

With the settlement approved, now the work begins for lawyers and stakeholders to reach out and find former clients to make sure they get the treatment and compensation to which they are entitled.

The settlement doesn’t become final for another month and then claimants have nine months to file a claim.