Female Non-Policing RCMP Class Action
Update – New Implementation Date
In light of COVID-19, the Federal Court has issued a practice direction suspending the running of time under their rules. As a result, certain dates have been changed under this class action settlement. The following dates are currently in place:
Implementation Date: July 16, 2020
Claims Deadline: January 12, 2021
Final Date for Deadline Extension Form: April 22, 2021
If the Federal Court further extends the running of time under their rules, these dates may need to be adjusted again. We are monitoring the Federal Court practice directions and will provide an update, if necessary.
The parties will be treating May 10, 2020 as a soft launch date to allow potential claimants the opportunity to still file claims with the Claims Administrator, if they wish to do so; however, no decisions will be made on these claims until the Implementation date of July 16, 2020 or later.
The Settlement has been approved for the female non-policing RCMP gender and sexual orientation-based harassment and discrimination class action. The Reasons for Order and Order are set out below. The Settlement was approved by Justice Michael L. Phelan on March 10, 2020.
March 10th, 2020
- Reasons for Order of Settlement Approval (English)
- Reasons for Order of Settlement Approval (French)
- Order for Settlement Approval (English)
- Order for Settlement Approval (French)
Do You Qualify?
The settlement provides compensation of $10,000 to $220,000 to Class Members who were subjected to gender based harassment or discrimination any time from September 16, 1974 to July 5, 2019 by RCMP personnel. Conduct covered by the settlement includes, but is not limited to:
- sexual harassment,
- sexual assault,
- physical assault,
- bullying based on gender or sexual orientation,
- intimidation or abuse based on gender or sexual orientation
Are You a Class Member?
You are a class member if you are a female (or publicly identify as a female) who worked or volunteered in an RCMP controlled workplace supervised or managed by the RCMP. Below are examples:
- municipal or regional district employee (e.g. administrative professional or prison guard hired by the municipality or regional district but working with the RCMP),
- employee of a non-profit organization (e.g. support worker for victim services who
worked with the RCMP; work for a community resource center located in an RCMP detachment),
- volunteer (part of the RCMP volunteer patrol team overseen by an RCMP member; volunteer with a search and rescue team that is managed by an RCMP member),
- supernumerary special constable,
- consultant (e.g. hired by the RCMP for a special project),
- contractor (e.g. food services worker or maintenance worker inside an RCMP detachment),
- public service employee,
- student (e.g. paid or volunteer student working with the RCMP),
- persons from outside agencies and police forces working with the RCMP,
- members of integrated policing units
Note: excluded from the class are individuals who are primary class members in Merlo and Davidson v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court Action Number T-1685-16 and class members in Ross, Roy, and Satalic v. Her Majesty the Queen, Federal Court Action Number T-370-17 or Association des membres de la police montée du Québec inc., Gaétan Delisle, Dupuis, Paul, Lachance, Marc v. HMTQ, Quebec Superior Court Number 500-06-000820-163.